CEO, Sidewalk Labs
Dan Doctoroff was once one of the most powerful people at City Hall.
Now he’s one of New York City’s leading tech executives.
As head of Sidewalk Labs, a venture launched by Google in 2015, Doctoroff runs an “urban innovation company” focused on new uses of digital data. Among its early projects are the Link NYC Wi-Fi kiosks set up across the city and Flow, a digital transportation platform.
Doctoroff, who also served as CEO of Bloomberg LP, earned a reputation as an innovator as a deputy mayor in former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration. In that role, he developed the sweeping PlaNYC sustainability plan, paved the way for the Hudson Yards redevelopment and spearheaded dozens of other initiatives.
Now he’s doing the same kinds of things – just in the private sector.
Head of External Affairs, Google New York
Google’s leadership is filled with household names: Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt, Sundar Pichai.
The name William Floyd isn’t nearly so well known, but he is in a pivotal post as head of external affairs for Google in New York, where the company has a growing presence.
In 2010, Google paid nearly $2 billion for the former Port Authority building in Chelsea, which it had already moved into in 2006. And while then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg was a major proponent of the tech sector, the friendliness has continued in the de Blasio administration.
Floyd, a former staffer at Manatt, Verizon and in New York City government, was appointed by de Blasio to the board of the New York City Economic Development Corp.
Tri-State General Manager, Uber
Uber has earned a reputation for hiring experienced executives and officials who can drive its aggressive growth strategy.
In New York, Josh Mohrer is leading Uber’s team – and getting results.
The ride-hailing company launched in New York City in 2011, and Mohrer joined the following year after several stints at various internet companies. Under his leadership, Uber went on to wage – and win – a public battle with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who critics accused of siding with the traditional taxi industry.
After its successful campaign in the city, Mohrer and his team set their sights on expanding in the rest of the state, getting Gov. Andrew Cuomo to back their push for legislation to legalize operations in upstate cities.
Co-founder and CEO, WeWork
One of the success stories of New York City’s burgeoning tech sector is WeWork, a startup that rents out shared office spaces – and bills them as gathering points where “community is our catalyst.”
CEO Adam Neumann was one of three co-founders who launched the company in 2010. It has generated plenty of interest from investors and now has dozens of locations across the city, primarily in Manhattan. Just last month, the expanding operation signed a lease to move into a nearly 100,000-square-foot space on Hudson Street. It also has been expanding to major cities across the country and around the globe.
While WeWork is Neumann’s most prominent venture, it’s not the first project for the former Israeli naval officer, who also co-founded the co-working space company Green Desk.
Founder and CEO, BuzzFeed
Many tech entrepreneurs fail to break through with even one successful endeavor. Jonah Peretti already has had two.
A co-founder and CEO of BuzzFeed, the popular internet site he launched in 2006, Peretti also helped start The Huffington Post the year before.
BuzzFeed caught on quickly thanks to its viral videos, lists, quizzes and a deftness with social media. But the site has evolved in recent years, hiring new staff overseas and bringing on Politico and Daily News veteran Ben Smith to head an aggressive – and more serious – news reporting team.
The growing company now has around 1,300 employees. And Peretti could be in line for a big payday, as BuzzFeed is reportedly preparing to go public next year.