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Published by: NYC Council Tech in Govn't Committee on Dec 18, 2009
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Testimony before NYC Council\u2019s Joint Meeting of
Committee on Technology in Government and Committee on Economic Development
on behalf of MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC, Dec 16, 2009
Alan Mitchell,alan@ arm ak.us, 646-267-8296

New York, NY \u2013 On Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 10 AM in the Council Chambers
of City Hall, the New York City Council Committees on Technology in Government and

Small Business will hold a joint public hearing to examine how small technology start-ups are surviving in this tough economy. This hearing will help the Council understand the dynamics behind successful firms as well as what

options are available to the City in aiding these
important businesses in their struggle to remain competitive and viable in a global

City lawmakers are seeking ways to foster small business growth and boost New York City\u2019s

image as technology and digital media leader. Small businesses and information technology
groups offer a myriad of job opportunities and ideas to the broader economy. Current
incubators, venture capitalist funds, and industry consortiums help improve the economy and
provide support for future entrepreneurs. By understanding the dynamics of how these firms
operate, the City can help facilitate broader innovation and attract additional companies within
knowledge-based industries.

1.Acknowledgement and Introductions. Thank you Committee Chairs Brewer and White

and all Joint Committee Members. I am Alan Mitchell. I run a strategy and operations
consulting practice in New York City, ARMAK and Associates, that serves clients on the
supply-side and the demand-side of Internet information and communications
technology. I am also a Board member of the MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City,
and it is in that capacity that I testify today. I want to address two agenda items: (i)
options that are available to the City in aiding small technology start-ups, and (ii) ways
for City lawmakers to foster their growth and boost New York City\u2019s image as a
technology and digital media leader.

2.Overview of MITEF-NYC. First, allow me to briefly introduce the MIT Enterprise Forum

of New York City. We are a volunteer, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to
provide educational programs and services that promote networking and innovation at
the intersection of business and technology. We are one of 24 chapters worldwide of
the MIT Enterprise Forum, which was formed by MIT alumni in 1971. Membership and
program participation in our events is open to all. Our chapter has approximately
5,400 subscribers to our email services and over 200 active members, representing the
entire ecosystem surrounding and supporting start-ups in digital media, biotech, clean
teach, software as a service or cloud computing, aerospace, and so forth.

3.Available Options. For the first agenda item I promised to address, options that are

available to the City in aiding small technology start-ups, I offer the MIT Enterprise
Forum of New York City and its Board for expert consultative support of the
Committees\u2019 planning and deliberative activities and future public events we might
jointly sponsor. Allow me to distribute my business cards for my contact information
and the Chapter\u2019s web site, where you can play streaming media of our recent events,
find an introduction to Board members, and sign up for our email notices\u2217.

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