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A Trip Down Memory Lane

With the news of Google and Amazon's huge expansions into NYC, many people are asking "How did NYC tech get to this place?" Well, I am going to post a 25 minute video history lesson at the end of this blog post that explains that. I'd like to talk about how I ended up doing that history lesson, which in and of itself is a history lesson. When the Internet sector started to emerge from its nuclear winter in the late 2003/early 2004, those of us who were still working in the Inernet sector were looking around for a narrative and a rallying cry. Tim O'Reilly and John Battelle came up with it. They called the re-emergence of the Internet/web sector "Web 2.0" and they launched a conference called Web 2.0 Summit in the fall of 2004. By 2008, it was clear that NYC was increasingly an important part of the Web 2.0 story, by virtue of companies like Etsy, Tumblr, Delicious, and other important "Web 2" companies started in NYC. So John and Tim decided to host a Web 2.0 Summit in NYC in 2008 and to celebrate that, they asked me to give a history lesson in the emergence of tech in NYC in the mid 90s. I did that and it remains one of my favorite talks I have given. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed doing it. Read more