How Will Silicon Alley Fair Under NYC's New Mayor?

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Nov. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Apploi Founder and CEO Adam Lewis discusses the future of Silicon Alley under New York's New Mayor Bill De Blasio and the company's job recruiting app with Deirdre Bolton on Bloomberg Television's "Money Moves." (Source: Bloomberg)

Adam, always great to see you.

What do you think about silicon alley's future?

We were spoiled for choice with mayor bloomberg, and what he has created has been fantastic, taking new york to the number two heart of technology in the world, and de blasio has to look at where we are.

Still so much needs to be done.

I urge him to keep on building this tech ecosystem, picking up where mayor bloomberg left off, and making sure we do not let it drop.

You are not the only entrepreneur, founder, or tech ceo who feels this way.

Is there a local group that will go to him, all of you together, and say that this is really important?

There's the relationship with cornell that will be built up over time, but in the shorter term, is there an informal lobbying group?

In the last day, i have been speaking to some of the other founders.

It's definitely something that needs to be done.

We have to start with a roadmap of the next few months, what de blasio needs to do to show the importance of technology, what it creates for the city, how it can open up jobs.

There is so much that still needs to be done.

I was speaking with someone before about the engineering talent we have available to us in new york really needing to improve.

We so much -- we see so much great talent for marketing and sales.

Obviously, silicon valley still has the reputation for being white frankly years ahead of where we are in new york.

I want to stay local because your company tries to find people that the united nations needs but also to reduce turnover.

Correct.

The united nations is a really great organization, and they have come to us -- obviously, we are rolling it out through the u.s., through europe, but asia, africa, we are rolling it out, and they are seeing that employees can help open up access to jobs.

You would be surprised that even in the u.s., one in five americans do not have access to internet.

They do not have an e-mail address.

One in five, you think?

That's higher than i thought it would be.

That would prevent these people from being able to apply for a job when they might need amazing candidates.

We are putting kiosks into various different public places through new york and the u.s. in places where computers are the way to browse the internet.

You have had to go i'm assuming at some point and pitch.

Yes, we are taking this to job centers, malls, libraries, community centers, and i think a lot of people realize that these people, especially younger demographics, they are using their phones to browse the internet and are more used to being on social media on their loans, and they do not have access to a desktop or laptop.

What has the response been like in speaking with mall operators and local leaders?

Do they get this, or does it require a harder sell on your part?

I think everyone understands it and wants to promote access to jobs.

One of the challenges for new york and for de blasio is to increase the access to the internet.

Right now, the internet here even in new york is still not good enough in terms of the speed.

Other cities have tried -- at one point, philadelphia went out and said that it was going to be wi-fi all the time and free for everybody in public spaces and had to roll that back.

Exactly.

Even in our office, sometimes we have difficulty communicating through skype, and that is something that has to be improved in new york.

Do you have a next step?

We are continuing to focus on retail and hospitality.

I think as the holidays approach, it's about giving access to companies to easily communicate with candidates.

This is a time when a lot of these companies need to ramp up.

We have push notifications in the apps, geolocation services that allow that instant, real- time dialogue.

What do you think about silicon alley's future?

We were spoiled for choice with mayor bloomberg, and what he has created has been fantastic, taking new york to the number two heart of technology in the world, and de blasio has to look at where we are.

Still so much needs to be done.

I urge him to keep on building this tech ecosystem, picking up where mayor bloomberg left off, and making sure we do not let it drop.

You are not the only entrepreneur, founder, or tech ceo who feels this way.

Is there a local group that will go to him, all of you together, and say that this is really important?

There's the relationship with cornell that will be built up over time, but in the shorter term, is there an informal lobbying group?

In the last day, i have been speaking to some of the other founders.

It's definitely something that needs to be done.

We have to start with a roadmap of the next few months, what de blasio needs to do to show the importance of technology, what it creates for the city, how it can open up jobs.

There is so much that still needs to be done.

I was speaking with someone before about the engineering talent we have available to us in new york really needing to improve.

We so much -- we see so much great talent for marketing and sales.

Obviously, silicon valley still has the reputation for being white frankly years ahead of where we are in new york.

I want to stay local because your company tries to find people that the united nations needs but also to reduce turnover.

Correct.

The united nations is a really great organization, and they have come to us -- obviously, we are rolling it out through the u.s., through europe, but asia, africa, we are rolling it out, and they are seeing that employees can help open up access to jobs.

You would be surprised that even in the u.s., one in five americans do not have access to internet.

They do not have an e-mail address.

One in five, you think?

That's higher than i thought it would be.

That would prevent these people from being able to apply for a job when they might need amazing candidates.

We are putting kiosks into various different public places through new york and the u.s. in places where computers are the way to browse the internet.

You have had to go i'm assuming at some point and pitch.

Yes, we are taking this to job centers, malls, libraries, community centers, and i think a lot of people realize that these people, especially younger demographics, they are using their phones to browse the internet and are more used to being on social media on their loans, and they do not have access to a desktop or laptop.

What has the response been like in speaking with mall operators and local leaders?

Do they get this, or does it require a harder sell on your part?

I think everyone understands it and wants to promote access to jobs.

One of the challenges for new york and for de blasio is to increase the access to the internet.

Right now, the internet here even in new york is still not good enough in terms of the speed.

Other cities have tried -- at one point, philadelphia went out and said that it was going to be wi-fi all the time and free for everybody in public spaces and had to roll that back.

Exactly.

Even in our office, sometimes we have difficulty communicating through skype, and that is something that has to be improved in new york.

Do you have a next step?

We are continuing to focus on retail and hospitality.

I think as the holidays approach, it's about giving access to companies to easily communicate with candidates.

This is a time when a lot of these companies need to ramp up.

We have push notifications in the apps, geolocation services that allow that instant, real- time dialogue.

It's great to see you.

Thank you for joining us.

Adam lewis joining me, founder

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