Is It Now Better To Start A Tech Company In NYC Than San Francisco? - PSFK
Is New York City the new Silicon Valley? This the question Roger Wu, a startup co-founder, is proposing in his recent article on Quartz. Although reports do show that successful startups in the Valley are valued nearly 40 times more than those based in New York. However, a closer at other factors such as turnover of revenue and risk.
Wu draws from sources like the New Tech City report, and Statistic Brain, that Silicon Valley has a “larger number of more risky” companies, whereas the “overall composition of New York companies is less risky.” According to the Startup Genome Report:

Is It Now Better To Start A Tech Company In NYC Than San Francisco? - PSFK

Is New York City the new Silicon Valley? This the question Roger Wu, a startup co-founder, is proposing in his recent article on Quartz. Although reports do show that successful startups in the Valley are valued nearly 40 times more than those based in New York. However, a closer at other factors such as turnover of revenue and risk.

Wu draws from sources like the New Tech City report, and Statistic Brain, that Silicon Valley has a “larger number of more risky” companies, whereas the “overall composition of New York companies is less risky.” According to the Startup Genome Report:

A Visualization of NYC’s Frantic Transit Patterns Over 24 Hours

Using data from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, this animation tracks public transportation on a weekday, starting at 4am. Sumus, the Canadian software company behind these visualizations, uses the General Transit Feed Specification data from various cities to create a whole series of videos that you can check out on YouTube. Be sure to watch full screen in 720 HD to see the movement of subways and buses (which appear to be color-coded to match the corresponding lines). 

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How Offshore Wind Can Power New York And Boston | Sustainable Cities Collective
Here’s something we didn’t know about offshore wind: Unlike land-based wind, which tends to blow strongest at night and in the early morning hours — when energy demand is low — offshore wind usually peaks during the day, when demand is highest.
Just one more reason, argue Stanford University scientists in a new paper [PDF], to get to work on reaping the vast bounty of power off the East Coast of the United States.
And we do mean vast.
The Stanford team determined that after taking into account typical transmission losses and inefficiencies common to offshore turbine arrays, “the U.S. East Coast offshore winds were found to produce from 965 to 1,372 terawatt hours of electricity annually, enough to satisfy the demands of one-third of the United States, or all of the East Coast, from Florida to Maine.”

How Offshore Wind Can Power New York And Boston | Sustainable Cities Collective

Here’s something we didn’t know about offshore wind: Unlike land-based wind, which tends to blow strongest at night and in the early morning hours — when energy demand is low — offshore wind usually peaks during the day, when demand is highest.

Just one more reason, argue Stanford University scientists in a new paper [PDF], to get to work on reaping the vast bounty of power off the East Coast of the United States.

And we do mean vast.

The Stanford team determined that after taking into account typical transmission losses and inefficiencies common to offshore turbine arrays, “the U.S. East Coast offshore winds were found to produce from 965 to 1,372 terawatt hours of electricity annually, enough to satisfy the demands of one-third of the United States, or all of the East Coast, from Florida to Maine.”

Kickstarting Urban Renewal with an Underground Park

A Kickstarter campaign is seeking to transform a defunct trolley terminal in Manhattan into a public space. After about a week the project founders, Dan Barasch and James Ramsey, have already raised 60 percent of what they need to make the “Delancey Underground” a reality. 

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Kickstarting Urban Renewal with an Underground Park

A Kickstarter campaign is seeking to transform a defunct trolley terminal in Manhattan into a public space. After about a week the project founders, Dan Barasch and James Ramsey, have already raised 60 percent of what they need to make the “Delancey Underground” a reality. 

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The Next Generation of Renewable Energy May Be Created Under Water - Environment - GOOD
But renewable energy includes another force of nature: water. Hydropower projects—in other words, dams—account for the majority of the country’s renewable energy generation, but because they’re old and unexciting, they’re squeezed out of accounts of renewable energy’s triumphant climb. Tidal power, though, fits right in with wind and solar: A new Department of Energy report calls it “one of the fastest-growing emerging technologies in the renewable sector,” which means that, like solar, it’s small, but appears to have nearly boundless potential. Together, conventional hydropower, tidal and wave power, and other water-powered resources could provide 15 percent of America’s electricity by 2030, the Department of Energy projects. Tidal power is just beginning to emerge as a commercially viable source of power. Last week, a federal energy regulation agency granted the first-ever commercial license for a tidal power project, which will have a maximum of 30 turbines working under the surface of New York City’s East River. The agency has also issued 100 preliminary permits to projects in earlier stages.

The Next Generation of Renewable Energy May Be Created Under Water - Environment - GOOD

But renewable energy includes another force of nature: water. Hydropower projects—in other words, dams—account for the majority of the country’s renewable energy generation, but because they’re old and unexciting, they’re squeezed out of accounts of renewable energy’s triumphant climb. Tidal power, though, fits right in with wind and solar: A new Department of Energy report calls it “one of the fastest-growing emerging technologies in the renewable sector,” which means that, like solar, it’s small, but appears to have nearly boundless potential. Together, conventional hydropower, tidal and wave power, and other water-powered resources could provide 15 percent of America’s electricity by 2030, the Department of Energy projects.

Tidal power is just beginning to emerge as a commercially viable source of power. Last week, a federal energy regulation agency granted the first-ever commercial license for a tidal power project, which will have a maximum of 30 turbines working under the surface of New York City’s East River. The agency has also issued 100 preliminary permits to projects in earlier stages.

The MTA’s Bus Time is now live for buses in Staten Island. Powered by technology from two NYC tech companies, Open Plans and Mobile Commons, New Yorkers can track buses in real-time using their computers, smart phones or via SMS.
The Mayor welcomed the news, saying, “ In an increasingly digital world, it’s more important than ever to provide New Yorkers with the 21st Century mass transit system they need and deserve. Today, the MTA took a positive step towards that goal by launching Bus Time in Staten Island – a real-time tracking service that will provide greater convenience and more flexibility to New Yorkers.”
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The MTA’s Bus Time is now live for buses in Staten Island. Powered by technology from two NYC tech companies, Open Plans and Mobile Commons, New Yorkers can track buses in real-time using their computers, smart phones or via SMS.

The Mayor welcomed the news, saying, “ In an increasingly digital world, it’s more important than ever to provide New Yorkers with the 21st Century mass transit system they need and deserve. Today, the MTA took a positive step towards that goal by launching Bus Time in Staten Islanda real-time tracking service that will provide greater convenience and more flexibility to New Yorkers.”

Photo from: openplans.org.

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If you happen to be in London or New York, and looking for a good place to settle down and work for a while, this Web app should help you do just that.
Let’s Meet and Work is the brainchild of Alasdair Monk, a user interface designer and app developer.
 (via Let’s meet and work: Places to work in London & New York - TNW Apps)

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If you happen to be in London or New York, and looking for a good place to settle down and work for a while, this Web app should help you do just that.

Let’s Meet and Work is the brainchild of Alasdair Monk, a user interface designer and app developer.

 (via Let’s meet and work: Places to work in London & New York - TNW Apps)

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Applied Sciences NYC at NY Tech Meetup

At last night’s NY Tech Meetup, NYC Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert Steel and NYCEDC President Seth Pinsky presented about Applied Sciences NYC—a game-changer for NYC’s economy, to build or expand a world-class applied sciences and engineering campus in the City. Watch the presentation above. Like what you hear? Like us at facebook.com/AppSciNYC.

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New York City To Put QR Codes On All Building Permits By 2013
This could be that kind of initiative that breaks down because it relies on a non-existing web-maturity in the related institutions.
On the other hand it could be the kind of initiative that really takes off and generates a lot of goodwill and is being copied in many different places around the globe.

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New York City To Put QR Codes On All Building Permits By 2013

This could be that kind of initiative that breaks down because it relies on a non-existing web-maturity in the related institutions.

On the other hand it could be the kind of initiative that really takes off and generates a lot of goodwill and is being copied in many different places around the globe.

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New York hires a ‘chief digital officer’
Source: CNET
After a high-profile search that began over six months ago, New York City has hired new media entrepreneur Rachel Sterne as its first “chief digital officer.”

It’s the latest major move made by the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, himself a billionaire entrepreneur, to shove the establishment-heavy Gotham into the 21st century.

Sterne’s job won’t involve wrangling the scores of small tech start-ups that have popped up like mushrooms in the city over the past few years. Rather, her focus will be to help the city government use digital technology to better communicate with residents, work to bring social media and other new tools into municipal agencies, negotiate partnerships, and serve as a representative of the technology community to the government. One early task will be making the city’s official Web site, NYC.gov, more user-friendly and resource intensive.
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New York hires a ‘chief digital officer’

Source: CNET

After a high-profile search that began over six months ago, New York City has hired new media entrepreneur Rachel Sterne as its first “chief digital officer.”

It’s the latest major move made by the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, himself a billionaire entrepreneur, to shove the establishment-heavy Gotham into the 21st century.

Sterne’s job won’t involve wrangling the scores of small tech start-ups that have popped up like mushrooms in the city over the past few years. Rather, her focus will be to help the city government use digital technology to better communicate with residents, work to bring social media and other new tools into municipal agencies, negotiate partnerships, and serve as a representative of the technology community to the government. One early task will be making the city’s official Web site, NYC.gov, more user-friendly and resource intensive.


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 Hertz To Offer Electric Vehicles By The Hour
For what it calls the ConnectByHertz “car sharing” service in Manhattan, the company aims to make 20 electric vehicles (EVs) available by the second quarter of 2011. In total throughout the U.S. next year, Hertz plans to have 500 to 1,000 all-electric cars available. The number of EVs that Hertz purchases for its rent-by-the-hour fleets will depend upon the availability of the cars, many of which have not begun to ship yet the company’s head of communications, Rich Broome, said Sunday. Hertz has committed to purchase: the Nissan Leaf, the Mistubishi i-MiEV, the Chevy Volt, and electric cars from Coda and Smart, Broome verified.

 Hertz To Offer Electric Vehicles By The Hour

For what it calls the ConnectByHertz “car sharing” service in Manhattan, the company aims to make 20 electric vehicles (EVs) available by the second quarter of 2011. In total throughout the U.S. next year, Hertz plans to have 500 to 1,000 all-electric cars available. The number of EVs that Hertz purchases for its rent-by-the-hour fleets will depend upon the availability of the cars, many of which have not begun to ship yet the company’s head of communications, Rich Broome, said Sunday. Hertz has committed to purchase: the Nissan Leaf, the Mistubishi i-MiEV, the Chevy Volt, and electric cars from Coda and Smart, Broome verified.