Hello ,

Ray Kroc: Is there a problem?
Harry Sonneborn: A big one.
Ray Kroc: Which is?
Harry Sonneborn: That you don’t seem to realize what business you’re in. You’re not in the burger business. You’re in the real-estate business.
- The Founder (2016)

It’s fun to imagine 52 year old Ray Kroc showing up to pitch McDonald’s to VCs - a founder currently selling milkshake machines, trying to convince people to eat out of paper bags and serve themselves. It’s a great reminder about how much of startup success is about persistence and a few chance encounters. Go see it.

Startup Candidates

• Apolitical - LinkedIn for people for work with governments

• Waycare - traffic accident prediction for cities and fleets


• Get Lost in this New-and-Improved Map of America's Megaregions

• Ford is giving Google and Uber veterans $1 billion to build a self-driving car brain

• Pittsburgh has finally realized it’s in a toxic relationship with Uber

• Red-Light Camera Company Finalizes Legal Settlement With Chicago

• Dutch & German teams win SpaceX Hyperloop pod contest [Video]


• Against All Odds in Startupland

• Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

• How other cities can benefit from Silicon Valley HT Matthew Weinberg

• 10 storylines that shaped the urban debate in 2016 HT Michael Sammet

• Why Bike Maps Should Look Like Subway Maps HT Polina Mikhaylova

• Renewables are no longer ‘alternative.’ Fossil fuels are ‘legacy.’


• How to Engage Local Communities with Data [Webinar]

• NYC BigApps 2017 is open for submissions

• New Cities Global Innovators Pitch

• Citi Tech for Integrity Challenge

• A Playbook for How to Achieve Product-Market Fit [Webinar]


• These 20 startups are the rising stars of Brooklyn (incl. Radiator Labs & Blocpower)

• Call for case studies in sharing, migration and affordable infrastructure [gdoc]

• Urban.Us’ strategy in a hand drawn infographic

Did we miss anything: Is there a startup we should meet or research we should share? 

Shaun, Stonly, Mark & Anthony

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