‘MetroFocus: The Tech Economy’ Full Episode

June 26, 2012 4:00 AMvideo


Will New York City’s highly publicized campaign to take on Silicon Valley make it the leader in the new Tech Economy? This half-hour program hosted by Rafael Pi Roman examines this booming business and its future. For web extras and more, go to Watch MetroFocus. Next air dates: on THIRTEEN on June 30 at 5 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and July 12 at 8:30 p.m.; on WLIW at 5:30 a.m. on June 30; on NJTV on July 1 at 5:30 a.m. and July 2 at 4:30 a.m..

The NYC Economic Development Corporation president describes the tech economy's growth and how to prevent another tech bubble burst. See interactive timeline.


The offices of OMGPOP and Tumblr don't skimp on cool design features. For fledgling start-ups, choosing a work space is a balance of comfort with thrift.

The Cornell-Technion campus on Roosevelt Island won't be operational until 2017, but Cornell is moving full steam ahead with plans, with students arriving in the fall.

According to tech reporter Rick Karr, it's the creativity of individual technologists in New York that distinguishes them from their colleagues in Silicon Valley.

Per Scholas Institute for Technology in the South Bronx provides a no-cost IT training program to help low-income individuals get entry-level office jobs.

Advances in the nanotechnology field are making their way into everyday life. Area scientists agree that the public should learn about nanotechnology's applications.

Jon Gertner, author of "The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation," speaks with NJToday Managing Editor Mike Schneider about the labs.

For the World Science Festival, MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn was transformed into a vision of the future complete with robot petting zoo and the chance to virtually travel through space.

For more technology news, go to Watch MetroFocus. “MetroFocus: The Tech Economy” also airs on THIRTEEN on June 30 at 5 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and July 12 at 8:30 p.m.; on WLIW at 5:30 a.m. on June 30; on NJTV on July 1 at 5:30 a.m. and July 2 at 4:30 a.m.

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