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“Studying history will not tell us what to choose, but at least it gives us more options”
- Homo Deus - A Brief History of Tomorrow, Yuval Noah Harari

American suburbs are the birthplace of perfectly manicured lawns. That’s not really true. In the middle ages, French nobles put serfs to work growing and maintaining large, inedible crops. Because they could. They launched lawns into the status symbol it’s become today. Their historical meaning versus simple visual appeal, helps explain why innovations like lawnmowers thrived while Astroturf (first installed in 1964) took a while to take root, despite multiple economic, environmental and performance advantages. History can help with product market fit.


• Homeshare - Find people to live with

• Wright Electric - Zero emission airliners

• YC Special Edition - Container rental homes, easy transit payments and more


• Airbnb, Alphabet Eye Homebuilding H/T David Gilford

• Attitudes toward Autonomous Vehicles H/T Saneel Radia

• Government Applications of IoT

• Transforming Personal Mobility [pdf] H/T Polina Mikhaylova

• Break Up the Liberal City H/T Adrian Fine

• Debt financing for Venture backed Startups

• Pricing Your Product

• ’Terminator’ of startups says he’s seeing two to four wind downs a week

• What Intel Sees In Mobileye


• Applications are now open for the next URBAN-X cohort

• Startup School by YC H/T Lance Legel

• Founder University by LAUNCH H/T Mike Phillips

• The Driverless Future Challenge H/T Sander Dolder

• Smart Cities Connect Expo & Challenge

• Startup Workshops to Help New Gov Tech Companies Understand Gov

• Watervent Forums

• Amazon City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge 2017 [for cities]

• Bits and Atoms is looking for Research and Production Assistant

• NYCEDC is looking for a Project Manager, Sustainability & Industrial

• 33 jobs at 8 Urban Us portfolio companies!


• SeamlessDocs Offers Free Web Analytics Dashboard to Government

• BRCK launches SupaBRCK device to solve Africa’s internet equation

• Ecomo celebrates year 1 [video]

• Grist 50 features Irving from Bowery Farms and Donnel from Blocpower

• Last chance to vote in Architizer A+ Awards

• What students built in our second year at University of Chicago Booth School


• Help our latest (stealth) portfolio co connect with launch partners

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