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FoundedMay 2016
FoundersFred Wilson (financier), Tim Armstrong (executive), Julie Samuels
FocusAdvocates for policies that support the growth of technology companies and technology talent in NYC; promotes inclusion and diversity

Tech:NYC, founded in 2016, is a New York City-based non profit organization. It represents New York City’s technology industry with government, civic institutions, in business, and in the media. Its primary goals are to attract tech talent to the city and to advocate for policies that will help tech companies grow.[1]


Founded in May 2016 by venture capitalist Fred Wilson, Oath CEO Tim Armstrong, and former Engine executive director Julie Samuels, Tech:NYC is a non-profit organization.[2] The founding companies were AOL, Bloomberg L.P., Facebook, Google and Union Square Ventures. As of 2018, Tech:NYC had grown to more than 600 member companies.[3] Samuels serves as executive director of Tech:NYC.[4]


Tech:NYC's mission is to advocate for a tech-friendly regulatory environment at both the city and state levels.[5][6]

U.S. Immigration Policy[edit]

Tech:NYC has advocated for a continuation of previous immigration policies at a time when government leaders favor more restrictions on who is allowed to work in the United States. The organization also launched a campaign called Tech Takes Action in September 2017 to rally support for immigrants who qualified for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.[7][8] [9]

Net neutrality[edit]

When the FCC announced plans to roll back net neutrality protections that were implemented in 2015, Tech:NYC advocated against the move, calling for continuation of current practices.[10] Additionally, it worked with Senator Chuck Schumer to support a Congressional Review Act in the U.S. Senate to restore net neutrality protections.[11]

Autonomous vehicles[edit]

As New York State decided whether to fund testing for self-driving cars, Tech:NYC supported continued autonomous vehicle testing throughout the state.[12]


  1. ^ Jonathan Schieber (May 24, 2017). "A Year After its Launch, TechNYC Has Become a Force in New York Politics". Techcrunch.retrieved June 19, 2018
  2. ^ Steve Lohr (May 1, 2016). "New York City Casts a Net to Catch the Next Big Start Up". New York Times. retrieved June 19, 2018
  3. ^ Walter Knapp (May 18, 2018). "New York's Fight to Rescue Net Neutrality". Crain's. retrieved June 18, 2018
  4. ^ Karen Matthews (May 4, 2018). "Google Expansion Plans Helping to Turn NYC Into Tech Hub". AP News.retrieved June 19, 2018
  5. ^ Colin Lcher (May 2, 2016). "Google, Facebook, Uber, and others join new NYC tech industry lobbying group". The Verge.retrieved June 19, 2018
  6. ^ Jonathan Schieber (May 10, 2016). "Fred Wilson and Tim Armstrong say policy matters for New York's tech growth". Techcrunch.retrieved June 19, 2018
  7. ^ Alex Konrad (January 30, 2017). "Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Joins NY Tech Leaders In Letter Opposing Immigration Ban". Forbes.retrieved June 19, 2017
  8. ^ Antony Noto (January 30, 2017). "N.Y.C.'s tech leaders pen letter opposing Trump's temporary immigration ban". New York Business Journal,retrieved June 19, 2018.
  9. ^ Anthony Ha (September 8, 2017). "Tech Takes Action helps New York's tech community get involved with immigration and other key issues". Techcrunch.retrieved June 19, 2018
  10. ^ Matthew Flamm (November 10, 2016). "Media, tech industries brace for Trump change". Crain's.retrieved June 19, 2018
  11. ^ TimFleischer (December 21, 2017). "FCC repeal of net-neutrality is challenged". WABC-TV New York. retrieved June 19, 2018
  12. ^ Tyler Woods (May 23, 2018). "NYC tech advocacy group urges full speed ahead on autonomous cars". Technically Brooklyn.retrieved June 19, 2018

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