If you build it, Bezos will come.
The school’s dean and vice provost, Daniel Huttenlocher, sits on Amazon’s board of directors. And Amazon executives visited the campus on Roosevelt Island as they conducted their nationwide search.
“It really sends a message to the broader tech industry and also the whole world that New York City is serious about tech,” Julie Samuels, executive director of the nonprofit group Tech: NYC told the Times.
Since starting in 2013, Cornell Tech has graduated 534 students and plans to have at least 1,800 by 2037.
Graduates and researchers have launched 50 startups that have raised a total of $60 million in funding.
But it’s not just Cornell Tech feeding the city’s tech industry. New York University, which took part in the 2010 competition then-mayor Michael Bloomberg launched to build the city’s tech-education infrastructure, is creating a $380-million tech hub.