Tea with the Mayor of New York

August 16, 2012 in 10gen, Afterhours, London Living, MongoDB, Networking, Pictures, Technology

Sometimes I think I must be in a coma, lying in a hospital bed somewhere creating fantasies in my head about interning at an impossibly great company in London, because some days it seems too good to be true.

Yesterday we had tea with the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg. 

Mayor Bloomberg visited the NY office for a meet and greet with the entire staff – including all of us around the wonderful 10gen water cooler.

The move was part of his ongoing initiative to encourage growth in the tech sector in NYC, for which Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne and Internet Week New York Chairman David-Michel Davies unveiled the “Made in NY” Digital Jobs Map; an interactive guide to the City’s startups, investors, incubators, and co-working spaces. Incredibly, nearly 500 tech startups have launched in New York City since 2007.

As the event was closed to the press the Mayor found himself addressing 10gen staff from Palo Alto, London, Dublin, Sydney, and beyond. He spoke of his life and the route he took to his current position, citing the ability to take risks and moving forward as a crucial element of success and prosperity.

Then the floor was opened up for questions – including one from our very own ‘Penguin Champion‘ about the NYC Mayor’s opinion of London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson. Don’t worry Boris, it was all vey positive.