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Your guide to sounding smart about the Brooklyn tech scene

9 takes that don't suck.

Everyone together now! Borough President Eric Adams snaps selfie. (Photo by Brady Dale)

Plenty happened in the Brooklyn tech world this year and in such an environment of advancement and change, it can be easy to lose the significance of each milestone. So hot takes, derided as they are, offer an opportunity to put disparate pieces of information together, to make clearer the larger picture of the tech puzzle.
At Technical.ly, we’re serious in our motto, “Better cities through technology,” and in our reporting we aim to explain not just new products and businesses, but also in how these things will affect the lives of real people living in the borough and beyond.
So here’s what we thought about some of the biggest moves in the Brooklyn tech space this year. Steal them for NYE chit-chat:

1. Ethereum is here and it’s going to change the world. Now, what is it?
Supporters say Ethereum represents a completely new paradigm for web development. Here’s why.

Is Ethereum the future of contracts?

2. Dumbo waning? Where will Brooklyn tech’s ‘center of gravity’ be next?
Dumbo was once the easy answer. But that’s quickly becoming more complicated, as discussed at a Technical.ly Brooklyn stakeholder breakfast last week.

A familiar view of the Manhattan Bridge from Dumbo.

3. Brooklyn won’t be the next Silicon Valley, and that’s a good thing
The idea of New York City turning into Silicon Valley puts some writers here into a mild panic.

Albee Square, Fulton Mall, Downtown Brooklyn

4. How would a stock market contraction affect startups?

Stock markets are down. Are Brooklyn tech firms likely to weather the storm?

Watching the markets.
5. We’ve entered a new age of ecommerce

People are sick and tired of all these options.

The founders of Keap break down their vision in a Venn diagram.
6. Does ‘leaning in’ work in practice?

Why one startup founder and parent isn’t so sure.

Christie Nicholson is the cofounder of Publet.

7. 3D printing and the trough of disillusionment
Where does 3D printing sit on the Gartner Hype Cycle? “People would talk about all the innovation happening in 3D printing then pull a 3D-printed Yoda head out of their pocket.”

The Gartner Hype Cycle.

8. How the blockchain could build a better democracy

If the blockchain reaches the potential some see for it, middlemen and lobbyists could be in for a rough decade.

How to build democracy on the blockchain.

9. Why a smart city listens to its people
A new white paper from mapping outfit CartoDB has us thinking. When authority actually listens, you can’t help but trust it more.

CartoDB maps Brooklyn.

Series: Brooklyn

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