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“I wish I’d thought about the model of subsidizing phones through the operators,” he said. “You know, people like to point to this quote where I said iPhones will never sell because the price at $600 or $700 was too high. And there was business model innovation by Apple to get it essentially built into the monthly cellphone bill.”
- Steve Ballmer

Why share updates? We hope to get smarter about why urbantech startups might succeed or fail. These are the most viewed posts so far:

• Re-Programming Mobility by Anthony Townsend

• What Trump Means for Urbantech (updated) by Urban Us

• What a CEO does by Fred Wilson

• You can’t spell hardware without H-A-R-D by Manu Kumar

• Stop Saying “Hardware is Hard” by Ben Einstein

Startup Candidate

• Waltz - E-ZPass for your life


• Welcome to Amazon’s New AI Blog

• Temasek jumps into China's bike share war

• Dubai aims to launch drone taxis by July

• 5G specs announced: 20Gbps download, 1ms latency, 1M devices per square km

• Electric cars are set to arrive more speedily than expected


• The AI Threat That Isn't Skynet

• Why Uber’s new data platform has not been universally well received HT Vince Cifani

• How to build a hard tech startup HT Micah Kotch

• Key Drivers of SaaS Success

• Funding Is Key Hangup in Deploying Smart City Projects


• Apply for the 2017 Startup in Residence Program (with 4 Bay Area cities)

• LAUNCH Festival 2017 - Founders Attend Free HT Mike Phillips

• The 2017 STIR application is now open to startups passionate about improving government

• Smart City Works - Call for Innovation


• Funds, grants, contests and other opportunities for urbantech startups (editable gdoc.)

• Financial modeling support for “Hardware as a service”

• Detailed startup expense benchmarks

Urban Us

• Traditional farming is broken - here's how we're going to fix it (Welcome Bowery Farming!)

• How Kenya's SupaBRCK Aims To Solve Africa's Internet Problems

• New Members - we’re over 1,500 people now. You can find the newest members via our People Directory and say hi in our Slack group.  

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