These tech entrepreneurs love New York — and they think Amazon would, too.
Tech:NYC, a nonprofit member organization that represents people in the city’s growing tech industry, has penned a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos urging him to set up the web retail giant’s second headquarters in New York City.
Among those signing on to the letter are Fred Wilson, chairman of Tech:NYC and a key investor in Twitter and Tumblr, Tim Armstrong, the head of the merged AOL and Yahoo company dubbed OATH, Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani, and Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa, founders of eyeglass company Warby Parker.
“We say this from a place of experience, having chosen ourselves to build and grow companies here because we believe New York is special, with a diverse and supportive ecosystem, and a uniquely dynamic culture,” the letter, which will be sent to Bezos Wednesday, says.
New York City is a global center for industries from finance to fashion, offers a diverse workforce fluent in more than 200 languages, and offers a wealth of transit options and cultural institutions.
And they boasted the city’s growing tech bona fides — more than 6,000 start-ups and more than 7,000 tech firms employing more than 300,000 people, with tech becoming the city’s fastest growing sector. The city also has 24 million square feet of office spacing coming online in the next five years, they wrote, and plans to teach computer science to all its public school students by 2025.
They also boasted the city is able “to accomplish audacious projects.”
“Just this month, as you know, Cornell Tech launched its new two million square foot campus on Roosevelt Island, which took less than seven years to execute from idea to three free-standing buildings,” the letter says, going on to plug the city’s Hudson Yards and Brooklyn Navy Yard development and to tout its ability to attract future talent from “Generation Z.”
“Amazon already has a significant and growing NYC presence, so it will be no surprise when we tell you that, simply put, there is nowhere like New York,” they wrote.