Richard Florida, Global Research Professor at NYU, recently sat down with Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures for a Conversation on Urbanization. They discussed the emergence of the tech industry and technology startups in New York City, drawing on Fred's experience with firms like foursquare and Etsy. Florida and Wilson agreed that, in explaining the emergence of the tech sector in New York City, one cannot underestimate the turnaround of the city itself.
Below please find highlights from their lively conversation. Also, be sure to read Alejandra Rangel Smith's write-up of the discussion here. You can find the full-transcript (lighly edited) of their discussion here.