An Interview with Julie Samuels, Founding Director of Tech: NYC
As a founding member Julie Samuels, director of Tech: NYC, is one of the state's most prominent advocates for the technology sector, both in Albany and in City Hall.
Samuels, a trained lawyer, came to New York after working as an Executive Director of Engine, a San Francisco-based organization based on Tech: NYC. In an interview with TechCrunch, Samuels spoke on a variety of topics, including why the region is well positioned for the next wave of technological innovation despite the controversy surrounding Amazon's decision not to build its second headquarters in Queens.
TechCrunch: What do organizations like Tech: NYC need? and engine?
Julie Samuels: As the tech industry matures, it's incredibly important that organizations exist [that] They represent these companies politically and civicly and ensure that they have a place at the table in so many political debates. There is no shortage of political debates around technology.
It is also incredibly important that there are organizations that speak from the perspective of smaller companies and startups. There are many organizations that represent the largest and best known companies, including Tech: NYC. But [we] There are also hundreds of members who are small and growing startups. We believe that the diversity of the ecosystem really characterizes the technology sector and we want to promote and celebrate this.
Then who are your members?