Crain’s New York Business
By Charles Phillips
In 2012, New York City was not the Silicon Alley we know today. There was disappointingly little to show in the market when it came to technology talent. Yet, as CEO of Infor, a multi-billion-dollar software company with 16,000 employees, I somehow persuaded my Silicon Valley-based board of directors to let me move the company to New York City. While the local tech economy had a long way to go, many of our 90,000 customers regularly visit New York, the capital of the business world. There was a strong business case to move, but I knew it would require some significant investment in the local tech community to be sustainable.