Hello

Thank you.

After three years, we number more than 1,400 people who help startups make cities better. You’ve connected founders, investors, companies, city governments and any number of domain experts. You’ve advised startup founders or become one of their customers or partners. You’ve helped us understand the potential of a new company or the challenges that might dim its prospects.

We meet startup teams in many ways, but mostly via introductions. So thank you Nate Levine, Brett Hudson, Jason Calacanis, Bill Field, Art Mikhlin, Bastian Unterberg, Irving Fain, Jeffrey Levy, Zeev Krieger, Graham Hill, Rafael Figueiredo, Clara Brenner, John Lee, Jase Wilson, Michael Seibel and Jonathan Smidt. Thanks to our investors, LPs, syndicate backers and co-investors who ensure that we can fund many startups.

Our mission is unchanged, but our context has changed quite a bit. Our planet is hotter than it was three years ago. At times it hard to tell what new tech is science fiction versus what might be shipping before the holidays. There’s also more investment and M&A activity. This is how Urbantech has changed in the past three years.

[Startup Candidate] Rentlogic evaluated landlord reputations to match renters with only the best renting options.

[Startup Candidates] SXSW Eco now attracts many startups solving large climate problems. We’ll follow up with the most promising ones, but you can take a look at who we met there.

[Insights] Default alive or default dead? This is a critical self assessment for every seed stage startup considering their next raise. Thanks Rose Broome for reminding us.

[Insights] A new Pentagon video explains how rapid urbanization will stretch local governments and lead to new security threats. More from The Intercept.

[Insights] The startup CEO’s job can include many things. Fred Wilson reminds us that CEOs must first do these three things.

[Insights] The “Shape of Traction” is a great exploration of how investors think about different types of growth.

[Insights] Capital raised is a vanity metric. Founder Collective makes the case for efficient entrepreneurship.

[Insights] City foreign policy is on the rise as city wealth and influence spreads. But also we suspect there is a growing desire to share ideas and learn from one another. More on the rise of city states.

[Insights] “What Bloomberg Cities wish they knew” explores what cities have learned from launching innovative new projects. From Next City.

[Insights] From Autonomy.Paris to BMW Next 100. Mobility changes are happening quickly in cities around the world. The impact, however, might not be a few global brands but rather more regional. More in Back to the future of mobility.

[Insights] SXSLawn at the White House was all about climate change. Stonly recounts how they snuck this in with VR, music, movies, and lots of fun.  

Bloomberg was also at SXSW Eco and shared a number of insights on “How the Trillion Dollar Low-Carbon Revolution” is being financed. Here are some notes from the session.

[Opportunity] Citymart is looking for data scientists to help NYC plan the largest school district in the United States. Learn more.

Also, here is more about how NYC is working on ways to merge government with innovation.

[Opportunity] The Architizer A+Awards is the world’s? largest awards program celebrating the year’s best architecture and products. Deadline is November 4.

[Insights] Government is beautiful. It’s fine if that makes you LOL, but here’s why more people from the tech community are working to enable government.

[Startup Update] Livestories is working with the White House to open up more federal data. Play with the new Livestories IQ platform yourself, and please share your feedback.

[Startup Update] Mark43 shares results. “Deploying the platform in D.C. is like hiring 110 more patrol officers.” says Scott Crouch in his interview with Forbes.

[Startup Update] Onewheel featured in the WSJ. Long after the hoverboard toys have been forgotten, WSJ explores why Onewheel is The Future Toy We Hoped For.

[Startup Update] Ecomo beat their Kickstarter goal in the first 24 hours. Over 1,000 backers have signed on to get the world’s first bottle that tests and filters water. Back Ecomo.

[Startup Update] Welcome Starcity. We’re excited for you to meet the team that’s building affordable housing for the urban workforce.

We look forward to seeing many of you in Miami for Citylab and then in San Francisco for The State of Govtech and Launch Scale.

Thank you for a great first three years. If you have a moment, please hit reply and let us know what you’re thinking  or if there is someone you’d like us to meet.

Best,
Shaun, Stonly, Mark & Anthony

P.S. Why wk141? It’s been 141 weeks since we began sending these updates (inspired by Wait But Why’s Your Life In Weeks).

Special thanks to Urban-X by Mini and HAX, New York City Economic Development Corporation, Amazon, IBM, and University of Chicago - Booth School for working with us to make the Urbantech ecosystem better.

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