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"He wanted to stop and chat with me - and I don't know him well enough for a stop and chat." - Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

Startup founders understand the need for a great pitch. But they often aren’t prepared for the wide ranging conversations that follow. We recently discussed this with the URBAN-X teams and shared what’s needed to be prepared. From taking the time to keep it short to storytelling with spreadsheets, we’re sharing some of the highlights [video] from the session.

Startup Candidates

We’re accepting applications for the Spring 2018 URBAN-X program. Teams can apply or be nominated at https://www.urban-x.com/apply

Startups

VC Math
Private Equity Firm Acquires Accela in What May be the Biggest Gov Tech Deal Ever H/T Matthew Wong
Swedish lock giant Assa Abloy acquires smart lock maker August Home
Why Do So Many Hardware Startups Fail?
A Guide to Founder’s Emails
How a Ski Resort used a 1 star review in it’s brilliant ads
Bike-Sharing Startups Explore Going Electric
The Robot Revolution Is Happening Right Now — You Just Didn’t Notice It
2017 Private SaaS Company Survey — Part 1

Cities

European cities announce bans on petrol and diesel cars
Google's Sidewalk Labs signs deal for 'smart city' makeover of Toronto's waterfront
Amazon’s dream of drone deliveries get closer with Trump
Climate Shocks May Cost U.S. $1 Billion a Day
Lobbying for Senate self-driving truck bill shifts to high gear
Is your city getting ready for AVs? This is a guide to who’s doing what, where, and how.

Opportunities

On Tuesday evening join please join Intel, Mobileye, Via and URBAN-X for a discussion on the promise of the Passenger Economy. This is an invite-only event. Please RSVP.
NYCx Launched and is accepting submissions for the Governors Island Connectivity Challenge.
The Urban Future Lab is looking for smart city, smart mobility and smart grid startups. $50,000 for zero equity. Apply by Dec. 1.

Urban Us

Wright Electric + EasyJet
BRCK + Facebook
Blokable in Curbed
Rachio + Radiator Labs Recognized for Savings
HandUp acquired by Detroit South Oakland Shelter
60 open job opportunities to re-imagine cities (and we're looking for a Research and Teaching Fellow in Chicago)

We created a directory of founders, investors and customers interested in startups and cities. Take a look and tell us what you think - https://urban.us/people/ (login required).

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Liz, Mark, Anthony, Stonly & Shaun
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