Julie Samuels: The big tech companies were built in vacuum. Those days are gone

The Google glory days are over, says executive director of Tech:NYC, as a new swathe of firms emerge in a tougher, more regulated environment. Julie Samuels is all about the future. Not unusual for someone who lives and breathes technology. But the executive director of Tech:NYC, an organisation that represents New York’s tech economy and works with city and state government on tech policies, is more forward-looking than most. So much so, she is not afraid to call the end of a phase of the current technology cycle that many might still consider a sign of things to come. “The