Tech and the City
The first time I met Alessandro Piol, the author of Tech and the City: The Making of New Yorks Start-up Community was probably 18 years ago. Fred took me and the kids ( Jessica and Emily were the only two around then ) to Esther Dysons conference in Arizona. I was truly an at home Mom at that point. It was a memorable trip. Emily literally fell asleep in her tuna fish salad and Fred caught her head right in the knick of time. I saw Bill Gates who happened to be wearing an old stained Polo shirt with polyester shorts, tube socks and Wallabe shoes. I also got to meet Alessandro and his wife. It was my indoctrination into the beginnings of the tech world.
Of course I went on to join the tech community working with Jason Calacanis at Silicon Alley Reporter and the rest is history. I was delighted when Alessandro and Maria Teresa Cometto (co-author) asked if he could come by to interview me about what the history of the tech community. Fred was their first interview and I was the last.
The book is worth reading. Some of the information in there has already changed which is kind of fitting considering they have written about technology. Chris Dixon is no longer living and investing as an angel in NYC but in SF working as a VC for Andreessen Horowitz. Yet Alessandro captures the essense of the explosion of the tech industry in NYC in the mid-90s to the unfortunate implosion and the eventual rebuilding of the industry which we now call Web 2.0.
Aaron Cohen is teaching the history of the Internet to kids at NYU. Alessandro has put the information down on paper (per se) for everyone else and I for one am glad to see that he did.