Given my passion for technology, and the growing role of New York in the tech sector, this trip gave me some important insights into why the Valley is so powerful, and in many ways so different from New York.
Matt wanted to do his own designs, and so he took his vision for watches and launched Steel Cake, his very own watch brand. Soon he was a small designer shipping his designs overseas to get them produced. It wasn't fun.
This week, NYCEDC had an 'eat our own dog food' moment. We decided to have a 'virtual' office hours event for the Entrepreneur at Large community. We learned a lot, both about the tech and the city -- and most importantly we learned that we'll do it again.
As the marathon reaches its final days -- the pace and schedule is no less relentless than it was I the past. But the impervious nature of the bubble is changing -- as social media turns a closed system into an open and participatory democracy.
The National 9/11 Memorial Museum deserves to be back on track with a firm opening date. It's importance overshadows a petty political squabble, and standing in its way puts the Nation's needs behind political objectives.
These groups of thought leaders are blogging, tweeting, meeting, and plugging in to social media with innovation and enthusiasm that in many ways surpasses many of the media organizations that I know well.