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Green tech startups to compete in Urban Future Prize

New York’s longest-running green tech incubator is back as NYU’s Urban Future Lab has opened its eponymous competition to reward big cash prizes to the two best smart city and smart grid tech solutions. The two startups or entrepreneurs that win the prizes will receive $50,000 each as the lab works alongside important New York Institutions like Con Edison to find convincing and innovative green tech pitches. The competition has one winner each for its two different categories: Smart City…

New York City picked as part of Amazon’s second headquarters

It’s official: New York City will be a part of Amazon’s second headquarters, along with a Northern Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. The retail giant announced its decision Tuesday following much speculation it had gotten down to the final two areas to replicate a second base comparable in size and impact to its primary headquarters in Seattle. “This is a giant step on our path to building an economy in New York City that leaves no one behind. We are…

Google plans to double its efforts in the Big Apple

Amazon isn’t the only tech giant making news this week in New York City. Google, which already has a headquarters in the Big Apple, is looking to double its current number of employees to be more than 20,000 through its parent company Alphabet. According to the Wall Street Journal, the addition of some 12,000 employees at Alphabet’s New York City site would rival that of Amazon’s workforce in the area if it follows through on rumored plans to come to…

Emergency response startups RapidSOS bags $30 million in funding

What if, when there was an emergency, humans didn’t need to dial 911 and wait for a responder? Getting a faster, more automatic response is the idea behind RapidSOS, a New York startup that wants to speed up emergency response through funneling information to and from emergency personnel. After recently announcing that the number of users for the app has ballooned to 250,000, RapidSOS has garnered $30 million in funding, according to a report from TechCrunch. RapidSOS was founded in…

Amazon’s rumored New York arrival could mark the Big Apple’s emergence as a tech hub

Amazon’s recent announcement that Long Island City will act as at least part of a second headquarters for the retail giant signals an incoming rise of tech influence in the Big Apple. The New York Times reported this week that NYC and Arlington, Virginia will split the second headquarters of Amazon after months of speculation. Governor Andrew Cuomo has long been trying to entice Jeff Bezos and Amazon to set up shop in the city. “It’s a positive thing in…

How one New York City startup uses Instagram stories as an innovative business tool

An Astoria, Queens-based startup is using Instagram Stories, Instagram’s successful 2016 addition of short videos that are erased after a day, to better its clients’ marketing strategies. bidpin uses Instagram Stories as a tool to attract more attention to businesses. Based on the idea that businesses are finding new and innovative ways to expand their commerce on Instagram, bidpin has been able to capitalize off this new digital frontier. In fact, 80 percent of  Instagram users follow at least one…