Welcome to New York! Marketplace Tech moves to NYC
Monday, September 17, 2012 (All day) EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images In this first episode with new host David Brancaccio, we take a tour of our new digs in New York City for a look at the areas booming tech scene. Welcome to Marketplace Tech, now coming to you every weekday from New York City. From our new homebase, we'll go anywhere that technology and innovation is changing our lives and our society. During this first week, we're going to take a look around out our new neighborhood, and see how this city-already a center of finance, fashion and media can also laying claim to a serious culture of tech innovation. One of the first places we visited is New York's Meatpacking district, where it's less about wholesale beef and more about young technology firms. Josh Miller, CEO of a start up called Branch , which launched in New York, moved to the heart of high tech, California's Silicon Valley. Then this spring, he high-tailed it back to NYC. Why? "The folks that we want to work with are ...
Jawbone: A partnership for unique products
Hosain Rahman and Yves Behar do what some say isn't done anymore -- they create high tech hardware, not software, in Silicon Valley. Vinod Khosla, famed venture capitalist and co-founder of Sun Microsystems, says as much: "Everyone was telling them they shouldn't do hardware, that it's a huge risk -- and it is. It takes crafting a whole new method of what works, which they did." Rahman and famed designer Behar are the "they" Khosla is referring to. Rahman is the CEO of Jawbone, Behar is the company's chief creative officer, and together they have made revolutionary Bluetooth headsets, the most popular wireless speakers in the category, and a new health wristband that can track steps and sleep patterns (among other things). How do they create? Constant vision, revision, and sweat.
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Breakthrough Prize aims to incentivize science-for-good
11 scientists are $3 million richer than they were earlier this week thanks to the new 'Breakthrough Prize' awarded by Silicon Valley tech titans including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Yahoo as punching bag no more
The company has spent a number of years as Wall Street and Silicon Valley’s punchline, but those days appear to be over, with a new CEO and a new outlook starting to reshape the company for the future.
Hey New Yorkers, Are You Ready to Hail a Taxi With Your iPhone?
New York City regulators have approved a pilot project to test the viability of smartphone-based taxi cab hailing. The decision comes after months of wrangling between city government and upstart transportation firms, most notably Uber. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has fashioned himself as a tech champion, and he wants to cement his legacy as one of New York City’s greatest mayors. The pilot program, which is designed to test out the process in a city of eight million people, is a significant step forward for New York. Official support was overwhelming. The Taxi and Limousine Commission voted 7-0 in favor of the one-year pilot project. There were two abstentions. The test-run begins on February 15th. For the last several months, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has been waging a campaign aimed at NYC officials, whose options have been limited by the city’s contract with in-taxi digital payment processor Verifone and other companies. (Uber’s payment model is credit card only, no ...