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Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, Tech Founder, Hipster?

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, October 3 2012


TechPresident-friend and New York City political reporter Azi Paybarah points us to this photo of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a Gracie Mansion tech event earlier this week, sporting thick-rimmed and hipsterish glasses.

Yes, the hipster-Bloomberg thing is amusing. But he's also promoting Warby Parker, a New York-based purveyor of prescription eyeglasses, at an event devoted to New York City's technology sector. If the photo continues getting passed around, the mayor and his economic development team will have successfully snagged some free publicity. It's meme-making as boosterism.

Also note Paybarah's other point: the mayor is onboard with growing the city's tech sector as a way to diversify its economy, and applauds New York's success in attracting big social companies like Facebook to establish offices here. But he's grouched before about the effects of social media on the public's perception of government.
Photo: Spencer T. Tucker / NYC.gov