IBM Spurs NYC Tech Ecosystem With Bluemix PaaS

IBM helped enable New York City to launch Digital.NYC, a new hub for the city’s tech ecosystem built using IBM's Bluemix PaaS.

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IBM is bringing the power of its cloud platform and Bluemix platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering to Silicon Alley—New York City's tech sector—to help spur the city's technology ecosystem.

At a ceremony today in the city, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Digital.NYC, an online platform that will serve as a centralized hub for the city's tech ecosystem, providing information and resources to help turn ideas into businesses, deliver tools for digital startups and connect New Yorkers to opportunities in the City's technology ecosystem.

Digital.NYC offers a search portal and database with profiles of virtually every city-based tech company and investor; a continuously updated list of early-stage tech and digital job openings; a citywide tech event and class calendar; an interactive map of tech companies, investors and resources across the city's five boroughs; and additional features that combine to create a comprehensive one-stop shop for everything startup-related in New York City, IBM said.

More than a dozen New York-based tech and civic organizations joined with the city, led by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), to create Digital.NYC. The site runs on Bluemix, IBM's next-generation cloud solution, and was developed by New York-based Gust, a Web platform provider that connects investors with startups.

Digital.NYC integrates data and applications from dozens of high-tech firms, including New York-based CourseHorse,, The Muse, Uncubed, AlleyWatch, General Assembly, Flatiron School, and the New York Daily News. And it is one of the first Web platforms to take advantage of the new dot-NYC top-level Internet domain, exclusively reserved for New York City residents and businesses.

Digital.NYC will make New York's tech ecosystem more accessible to all New Yorkers and will provide a platform for all players, including investors, startups, community-based organizations, job seekers and others to engage.

"Technology is driving innovation across New York City's industries—from fashion to finance to manufacturing, making it necessary than ever for the city's digital community to have a central platform," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. "We are proud to launch Digital.NYC, a ground-breaking resource that will seamlessly connect members of the city's tech hub to training, jobs, and funding and make our city's digital economy accessible to all New Yorkers."

From 2003 to 2013, the New York City tech ecosystem added 45,000 jobs, growing faster than both total New York City employment and total U.S. employment, according to IBM. In addition, the New York City tech ecosystem generates approximately 541,000 jobs, $50.6 billion in annual compensation and $124.7 billion in annual output. The New York City tech ecosystem also generates more than $5.6 billion in annual tax revenues to the city, representing 12.3 percent of the city's 2013 tax revenue.

"Digital.NYC will have a tangible impact on the city's economic growth, connecting companies to resources and introducing more New Yorkers than ever to opportunity in the tech ecosystem," Kyle Kimball, president of NYCEDC, said in a statement. "By bringing together the latest news and information about the jobs, classes, events, financing, workspaces and more that power New York's burgeoning startup community, we are showcasing the diverse elements of the fastest growing digital and tech center in the world."