AlleyWatch, the largest organization focused on NYC Tech, celebrates the work of the individuals that serve as a catalyst for innovation within the NYC Tech ecosystem.
MEET THE 2019 NYC TECH INFLUENCERS
Julie Samuels is the Executive Director of Tech:NYC, the non-profit industry organization that represents NYC's tech industry, as the name suggests. Tech:NYC was launched in 2016 by Samuels along NYC Tech Influencers Past Honorees Fred Wilson and Tim Armstrong, as a member organization, in response to the growing need for the tech community to have its own seat at the table at the intersection of government, policy, and industry.
Samuels is a well-respected speaker and commentator on anything relating to NYC Tech. Serving as an ambassador for the tech community, Samuels and her team are focused on advocating for policy change, fostering the growth of technology companies in New York, promoting inclusion and diversity, attracting talent to the city, and ensuring that New York's tech ecosystem remains vibrant.
Tech:NYC counts over 600 member organizations including AlleyWatch. Since its launch, Tech:NYC has catalyzed the community towards specific initiatives as it relates to the industry in New York Tech, at large, including opposition to Trump's Immigration Ban, DACA reform, Net Neutrality, Computer Science For All, and the elimination of a proposed marketplace tax on e-commerce companies.
Samuels is a trained lawyer with a JD from Vanderbilt and immediately prior to Tech:NYC, she served as the Executive Director of Engine, a non-profit focused on entrepreneurship and advocacy. She actively sits on several advisory boards including the Internet Education Foundation, ABNY's Steering Committee and Comptroller Stringer's Red Tape Commission.
Samuels' work ensures that the interest of the New York Tech Community has an influential voice at the local, state, and national level.