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Terry: Let me give you some advice, Kumail. Love isn’t easy. That’s why they call it love.
Kumail: I don’t really get that.
Terry: I know. I thought I could just start saying something and something smart would come out.
- The Big Sick

ICOs could be poised to transform fundraising, but comments from US and Chinese regulators are a reminder that if these look and smell like public offerings, they’ll probably be regulated like public offerings. All the while Bitcoin/USD seems to head mostly up and to the right.

But even as ICOs and Bitcoin/USD price account for most headlines, potentially transformative applications are being built in areas like energy, government and mobility. Some of the most interesting are looking to radically reduce transaction costs so that we build huge, distributed organizations.

Ethereum Project calls these “Democratic Autonomous Organizations”. It’s not that we can’t manage large distributed systems today. The US energy grid is the largest machine ever built and it mostly works. But it could work more cheaply and more resiliently. Could Blockchain usher in new ways to organize massive, distributed infrastructure for everything from energy to shared AVs? It certainly looks that way.

At the same time, some of the largest and fastest growing brands in the world appear to be rewarded for centralizing governance.  They appear to be trusted for playing a role in organizing distributed resources from organizing online information to matching short term apartment rentals.  FT Alphaville explores this governance paradox.

Startup Intros

iDevelop.city - is an automated end-to-end solution for the real estate development industry.

Our first URBAN-X Cohort
- you’re invited to meet the seven teams working on:
+ Turning buildings into power plants to better match energy demand and supply
+ Using machine learning to automate city logistics
+ Automating road quality assessment to prioritize maintenance
+ Managing construction sites with autonomous machines
+ Shaping the future of mobility with personalized services, and usage-based models
+ Radar-based sensors for fully autonomous vehicles
+ Creating real-time, ultra high-resolution imagery of cities

Cities
How AI Is Helping Fix America's Crumbling Roads
Peak Day Water Demand Management Study - The Rachio team saw this from the start.
Mexico City got rid of a ridiculous subsidy for drivers, and other cities should too
Hypnotized by Elon Musk’s Hyperloop “Interesting counterpoint to big "charismatic" solutions to urban problems.” H/T Adrian Fine
Clean Disruption - Energy & Transportation [Video]
Can Ford Fix New York City’s Transportation Crisis? H/T Jordan Elpern-Waxman
How Driverless Cars Could Be a Big Problem for Cities

Startups
No U.S. Investors Need Apply for Some Digital Coin Offerings
On Token Liquidity
Hardware Trends 2017 - Complete Slides by HAX
Is investor sentiment shifting on distributed teams?
Tool: Review Google’s new manager training
35 Best Pitch Decks From 2017 That Investors Are Talking About
The Dam Breaks Toward Doing Good
A Stroke of Genius: Striving for Greatness in All You Do
To come up with a good idea, start imagining the worst idea possible

Opportunities
Land Survey Automation Challenge
September 13th is Innovate Your State’s 3rd Annual Civic & Gov Tech Showcase with the City of San Jose

Urban Us
The B2G Survey is still open, but we’ve started sharing our takeaways (please share the survey with your favorite B2G startup)
Drowning in Data, Cities Turn to 'Citizen Scientists' (including Livestories)
Citymart and Melbourne team up for new mobility solutions [Video]

- Best
Mark, Liz, Anthony, Stonly & Shaun 

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