Startup Candidate: Ori

Startup Candidate: Ori

FROM ORI Problem Cities are failing to respond to the needs of new urbanites. Millennials are priced out of big cities like New York, San Francisco and Boston. Solution Find a new way to organize spaces by transforming them in…

Startup Candidate: Brooklyness

Startup Candidate: Brooklyness

From Brooklyness Brooklyness isn’t raising an equity round, so we’re going to take a different approach to the introduction. Their recently launched Kickstarter does a great job introducing the problem, product and team. From Urban.Us Impact We’re always on the…

Startup Candidates: Air Quality Management

Startup Candidates: Air Quality Management

Sometimes we find multiple startups focused on a similar problem. Instead of introducing each of the teams, we would like to explore the problem and the different approaches to the solutions. Air quality (AQ), like water quality, impacts public health,…

Startup Candiate: State of Place

Startup Candiate: State of Place

STATE OF PLACE Tell data driven stories to unlock the power of place.  Problem More Americans want to live in walkable places. Firms are relocating to more walkable places. But only 30% of US cities over 200k people are considered…

Welcome Mark

Welcome Mark

(that’s Mark in the middle) A little over a year ago, I found myself sitting in-front of an audience, on a stage, chatting with Mark. We were talking about how technology might change cities and I was in for a…

Welcome Citymart

Welcome Citymart

Image: Sascha & Julia Haselmayer (source: Crain’s New York) Two of the most common questions we get are: What are the biggest city problems? How do you meet startups? Citymart might be the most interesting example of both. First, Citymart…

Startup Candidate : Acre

Startup Candidate : Acre

FROM ACRE Acre creates beautiful, NetZero homes that produce all their own power.  Pictured above is one of our homes. Last year we built 2 prototype homes for customers. In the past 4 months we’ve secured deposits on 6 more…

Startup Candidate : Citymart

Startup Candidate : Citymart

From Citymart Overview Bringing innovation to city procurement. Problem Every year, city governments spend 10% of the global GDP to tackle urgent problems and improve lives. There are over 550,00 cities and towns and they all have to work on…

Concrete (& Digital) Jungle That Dreams Are Made Of

Concrete (& Digital) Jungle That Dreams Are Made Of

The first power grid came online in downtown Manhattan in 1882. One year later, the Brooklyn Bridge opened as the world’s longest bridge. Both of these followed the first passenger elevator, an Otis, which went into service in 1857, also in…

Stay In The Game

Stay In The Game

Video game difficulty settings should be – 1. Full Time Job 2. Part Time 3. Unemployed – Trevor Noah, The Daily Show Building a startup just got much harder the 107th week of  Urban.Us updates. In week 33, we first noted rumblings…