Hello ,

How do we make technology work for us, and not against us — especially when it comes to solving urgent challenges like climate change?
- President Barack Obama, State of the Union 2016

Each week we’re fortunate to meet smart, driven people who want to answer this question. And every other week we get to introduce you to two of them. But there is so much more to do, because some problems just don’t receive enough attention.

Areas like transport are hot, but water attracts much less attention. Energy efficiency continues to attract innovators, but few founders focus on life in slums. So we’ve started to build a list of opportunities we think are worthy of some more attention.

We hope this will inspire and encourage founders (and investors) to explore more ways to make city life better. It includes challenges like editable roads, enforcement bots, slum life and 10 more areas where startups can make city life better.

It’s just a first step. We’ll continue to add to it and would love to hear what you think.

[Startup Candidate] Tethered Air - A massive lift-supported robot that changes how we might move around cities.

[Startup Candidate] Room.me - Safe and secure roommate matching using preferences and data.

[Insights] Building a Bulletproof Comms Strategy - Facebook's VP of Tech Communications shares a great framework for internal and external communications.

[Insights] Recruit Engineers in Less Time - Sequoia reveals the math behind successful engineering recruiting strategies.

[Insights] Govtech - Ron Bauganim describes the $400 Billion market hiding in plain sight.

[Urban Us Insights] Radar 2.0 - We’ve updated the companies, expanded the data set and made a few visual changes, too. Take at look at radar.Urban.Us.

[Funding] BRCK series A fundraising - They’ve shipped 3 hardware and 3 software products with their seed funding, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.

[Funding] Over $100,000,000 is how much our portfolio companies have raised since we started a little over 2 years ago, dramatically increasing opportunities to re-imagine cities.

Welcome to 2016.

- Shaun, Stonly & Anthony
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