Our first group on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt is Michael Arrington speaking with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and VC Ron Conway. The group is discussing the amazing growth in tech jobs within the city limits, and Lee makes it a point to visit these companies every Tuesday.
He calls it “Tech Tuesday”.
As the trio discusses the city, when it comes to tech, Lee says that San Francisco is “unabashedly the innovation capital of the world.” It’s a statement that’s hard to argue with.
The mayor has also has a 17 point plan, which includes details on staying on top of being the innovation capital of the world. Recent stats show that 32,000 jobs have been created by 1,600 companies with annual growth at almost 30%, just in tech alone.
When you recognize what that means for the city, you can see that we’re well on our way.
Among his favorite places to visit is Twitter, which has a pretty awesome rooftop, Lee shared.
The month of October has been dubbed “Innovation Month” in San Francisco, and there are big plans to make it an event that will continue for years and years. To support this, a “Startup map” was announced and will be launched today.
Edwin M. Lee, 58, is the 43rd Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco. The former City Administrator, Lee was appointed unanimously as successor mayor by the Board of Supervisors on January 11, 2011 to fill the remaining year of former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s term, who was sworn in as California’s Lieutenant Governor on January 10, 2011. Lee is the first Asian-American mayor in San Francisco history. In 2010, Mayor Lee was appointed to a second term as...