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Startup Candidate: Kiwi Campus (3/22/2018) - From Kiwi Problem Up to 30% of the delivery cost comes from the last mile. Solution Last-mile logistics systems built around robots, beginning with these, kiwibots. They’re autonomous, but can get help from remote drivers, too. These drivers also help with specific human-robot interactions like pick-ups and drop-offs. Customers download an app that lets them...
URBAN-X Startup – Lunewave (1/10/2018) - Problem Autonomous vehicles rely on an array of sensors to “see” the world. Popular sensor technologies today such as LiDAR and cameras continue to improve, but there is still a major problem – it is physically impossible for these sensors to “see” in bad weather. As a result of this problem, today’s automakers augment these...
Startup Candidate: Urbint (12/6/2017) - Urbint’s vision is to make cities more livable and resilient by pairing urban data with artificial intelligence to solve complex infrastructure issues. Learn more about what we’ve built at https://urbint.com Team Ex-Google, open-source developers, gurus in machine-learning, coders with framework mindsets. Our team has built companies in big data analytics, enterprise software, and in urban...
Startup Candidate: SprayPrinter (12/6/2017) - Overview The mural is a new communication medium. The history of wall art is like books before the printing machine was invented. We’ve now invented the printing machine and whole cities will become platforms for conversations. In 10 years cities will be communicating their problems through art. One can decide not to read a newspaper...
Startup Candidate: idevelop.city (9/5/2017) - ideveop.city is an automated end-to-end solution for the real estate development industry   Problem Zoning code that defines what can be built on a lot, is not only complicated but also different from lot to lot within the same zone. Each city has its own structure of the zoning code which limit expansion of key...

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Better Hardware Startup Math – Introducing Perl Street (11/23/2018) - Historically, VCs love hardware startups when someone else is paying for the hardware. This class of startup is known as “asset-light”. The financing of these assets  happens outside of the venture capital ecosystem by asset finance firms, such as banks that specialize in mortgages or auto finance, for example. But what about new types of...
Frequently Asked Questions in URBAN-X Applications (11/27/2017) - We’ve seen hundreds of great startups express interest in URBAN-X. A number of them have shared questions about the program. We’re sharing some of the most frequently asked questions here. FAQ What is URBAN-X? URBAN-X was created by BMW/MINI to support founders working to make city life better. If this sounds a lot like what...
Urban Us Investor Summit (5/16/2017) - Urban Us Investor Summit from Shaun Abrahamson
Welcome MeWe (12/11/2016) - Manik Suri has an unnatural fascination with regulations and enforcement. When we first met Manik, he had helped to co-found the Govlab and was thinking deeply about better ways to help local governments use technology to help with enforcement challenges in areas range from building to food retail. Like some many great solutions, Manik was...
What Trump Means For Urbantech (11/17/2016) - Mark Baum: Yeah, yeah! It’s time to call bullshit. Vinnie Daniel: Bullshit on what? Mark Baum: Every f*cking thing! — The Big Short It’s easy to lie to yourself. That’s why one of the best pieces of startup advice is to “get out of the building.” Go and talk to prospective customers. The goal is...
Welcome Starcity (10/18/2016) - In 2011, Shaun worked on a project with Graham Hill that would ultimately lead to Urban.Us. The Life Edited (LE) project set out to show how we can build fantastic living spaces that substantially reduce our footprint while being affordable, desirable places to live. The work inspired many different projects aimed at doing more with...
Urban.Us Portfolio Update – Fall 2016 (9/27/2016) - We’ve made 23 seed stage tech investments to make cities better, safer and more fun. It’s early days, but even as we see public benefits it seems we can still target competitive investor returns. Today, our unrealized multiples are 1.7x on Fund I (2014) and 1.3x on Fund II (2016). Some of today’s best investors...
Welcome LiveStories (9/12/2016) - We’re excited to officially welcome LiveStories to the Urban.Us family. Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg famously coined the adage “In God we trust. Everyone else, bring data.” This is entirely appropriate since the company that bears his name provides data and analysis for critical financial analyses and decision-making processes. Local governments increasingly have the datasets...
Summer 2016 Urbantech Survey (8/1/2016) - A few weeks ago, we asked founders, investors, cities, and companies to complete a short survey. Our goal is to make insights available to the Urbantech community. The following are some of our recent findings. More deals and more interest This year, we’re seeing increasing interest from investors, but we’re also seeing more Urbantech deals....
Urbantech Research Fellowship (6/21/2016) - Urban.Us is pleased to announce the Urbantech Research Fellowship. This is a unique opportunity to work with the first venture fund focused on startups that are transforming the built environment, transportation, resources, and local government. Recipients of the 3-month fellowship will work alongside the Urban.Us team, focusing on novel ways to identify, track and support...
Welcome Mark (5/3/2016) - (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 surprise. I figured we’d have a fresh perspective on cities and tech. But Mark had...
Welcome Citymart (4/15/2016) - 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 is tackling one of the biggest city challenges – how will cities spend 10% of...
Concrete (& Digital) Jungle That Dreams Are Made Of (2/23/2016) - 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 NYC.   With this history of firsts, it’s no surprise that NYC is quickly becoming the best places...
Stay In The Game (2/23/2016) - 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 about burn rates from Fred Wilson. In week 81 Bill Gurly made a much stronger...
Urban.Us Angel.co Syndicate (2/11/2016) - We’ve been experimenting with ways to organize a network of people who can support our founders. We work with the Urban.Us network to advise and share resources with our founders. Members of the network continue to reach out about how they can help more in the form of advice, connections and co-investment. The Urban.Us syndicate...
To B2G or not to B2G (1/26/2016) - The Urbantech Radar is our ongoing effort to understand startups and investors in the urbantech ecosystem. In our most recent update, we added Mattermark data for the 300 companies in the list. In the coming weeks, we’ll use the data to explore some of the common questions we encounter at Urban.Us. We like to meet...
Call for Startups To Make City Life Better (1/13/2016) - Our goal is the find, fund and support high potential seed stage startups that have the potential to positively impact 100 cities within 5 years. We’ve shared our high level interests in #cleantech #govtech #smartcities #mobility or #IOT. Let’s get more specific. Here we go: Elastic housing A common default for providing more capacity is to...
Urbantech Forecast 2016 (12/22/2015) - We’re excited for the new year. We expect to see a lot more evidence about how startups are helping cities. We think most founders will still achieve impact by selling to business and consumers directly. Robots, safety, logistics and food will be top of mind entering 2016. We’ll share more details the state of urbantech...
Startup the $h!t out of city problems (10/6/2015) - Urban Us Public Benefit Corporation was incorporated two years ago. When we began, we speculated that there might be strategies we could apply to help founders who want to make city life better. Our initial research [2] is now more than two years old (or about 14 years old in startup years). So we wanted...
NYC Real Estate Tech Accelerator Announces 5 New Start-up Participants (9/2/2015) - NEW YORK, August 31, 2015 – MetaProp NYC, the New York real estate technology accelerator, signed a new partnership with the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and announced its initial 2015/2016 cohort participants at an invitation only event with more than 60 real estate technology entrepreneurs, investors, innovation champions and guests at ICSC’s headquarters...
Welcome LogCheck (8/24/2015) - We look at a lot of IOT opportunities. They focus on everything from saving water to monitoring air quality. What’s most interesting about IOT is not what the devices are doing, but what people need to do to ensure that the devices work as intended. Ultimately, the promise of IOT depends on people to inspect,...
Welcome Mark43 (8/24/2015) - When we founded Urban.Us at the end of 2013, Mark43 had recently closed its seed-funding round. Along with firms like See Click Fix, Opengov, Public Stuff and Smartprocure, Mark43 was one of the firms that hinted at a growing trend for startups to work on big city problems. A few months ago, one of our...
Google I/O 2015 Shows Why Google Will Have The Most Profound Tech Impact On Cities (5/30/2015) - We think Google will be the most import company for cities. It is true that Google now has multiple products that serve more than 1B people. It is also true that 8 of 10 phones shipped in 2014 ran Android. What is less clear is how much some of today’s most valuable companies, depend on Google...
More Visibility For Urbantech Startups (2/6/2015) - At the end of 2014, Tel Aviv was named “The World’s Smartest City” in recognition of their work with their startup community to deliver innovative services to citizens. Other stakeholders are joining local governments in helping cities to become smarter by working with startups. Canary Wharf Group plc is one of London’s leading real estate...
USDOT Connected Cities Research Program Webinar (1/14/2015) - ———- Forwarded message ———- From: Carlos Alban <——@itsa.org> Date: Jan 14, 2015 1:00 PM Subject: ANNOUNCEMENT: USDOT Connected Cities Research Program Webinar To: Carlos Alban <——@itsa.org> Cc: Greetings, I wanted to pass along some information about an upcoming webinar that may be of interest to you. This webinar will focus on the U.S. Department of...
Urbantech In 2015 (12/18/2014) - These are the Urbantech trends we’ll be tracking in the new year. More Climate Action From Cities Much of the Climate Change media coverage focuses on international debates and negotiations, but a lot of the action is in cities. One important development should begin to make this more visible – a global standard to measure...
Give the gift of Urbantech (12/18/2014) - In the spirit of the holidays we compiled a list of gift ideas to delight your friends and family as well as make their cities better.   Need a last minute gift? Give something with purpose: dedicate a donation on HandUp *Pledge support to a neighbor in need through HandUp’s SF Fund in December, and your...
[Video] Onewheel demo & interview on future mobility (12/7/2014) - video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player More on local10.com
One Person’s Electronic Waste Is Another Person’s Access To Education (12/4/2014) - We’re excited to announce our investment in Revivn. We introduced Revivn to Urban.Us Network 6 weeks ago. It’s hard not to love the idea of turning an eWaste problem into new education opportunities for less fortunate communities. Revivn already work with many companies in NYC like Razorfish, Thrillist and Undercurrent and you can see examples of their potential...
Somerville MA Greentech RFI (11/6/2014) - Somerville aims to be carbon neutral by 2050, so they are requesting information about any and all solutions that might help them get there. As a city, we’ve set bold goals – like being carbon neutral by 2050 – to address these challenges. To reach these goals, though, we need the ideas and innovations that...
Events Help Us to Help Founders (11/5/2014) - We were recently interviewed by Nancy Dahlberg at the Miami Herald and discussed the first year at Urban.Us. We talked about the founders we are working with, the network of people who have joined us to help them, and our online and offline approaches to bring everyone together. The story allowed us to share the progress of...
Wells Fargo Launches Cleantech Incubator (10/29/2014) - “San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) on Tuesday launched the Innovation Incubator (IN2) program, a $10 million environmental grant program for clean technology startups.” [source: Denver Business Journal] This initiative will initially be targeting clean tech that affects commercial buildings. This could be a good fit for companies like Radiator Labs, Flair, and others here. According to the...
Cognicity Challenge [London] (10/22/2014) - The Canary Wharf Group is looking to spur the development of smart city technologies. They have set up a series of challenges to find 36 startups across 6 focus areas. Selected startups will be invited to join a 12 week accelerator program in London and then the best from each track will receive a GBP50,000...
The Urbantech Startup Space (10/14/2014) - October 4th marked our first anniversary at Urban.Us. So we’re taking time to reflect on what we’ve learned in our first year. What is UrbanTech? This is the question we’re interested in at Urban.Us. It’s the space defined by core city needs from water and waste to transport and safety. For most of us, these...
Dear All City Leaders, Please Copy This. (10/7/2014) - Dear all city leaders, please copy the World to NYC’s Smart and Sustainable Cities program. Yes, it’s goal is to convince fast growing companies to locate in NYC, but it is doing something else that matters to all cities. Why This Gathering Matters Ideally cities would be aware of all possible to solutions to the...
Dash Chassis API (10/7/2014) - The API will let developers work directly with a rapidly expanding universe of drivers who are using open hardware to connect to their cars. Open hardware covers a large number of devices that current work with Dash and various other apps, most commonly used to servicing and performance tuning. It is hard to know how...
Plug Surfing Expands to the Netherlands (10/2/2014) - An update from Plug Surfing CEO @adam.woolway : “We achieved another huge milestone yesterday with launching the PlugSurfing payment system in the Netherlands. This adds an extra 10,000 plugs which can be accessed and billed by PlugSurfing and means that we are the first to unite the major charging point operators in the Netherlands and...
Connecting Founders With People Who Can Help Them Help Cities (9/30/2014) - October 4th, will mark the beginning of our second year at Urban.Us. So we’re taking some time to reflect on some of the things we’ve learned in our first year.  If Urban.Us worked perfectly, our first meeting with our founders would go something like this : First we’d build a business model canvas together. Second,...
RIP Good Times Revisited (9/23/2014) - Over the last week, some of the smartest folks in the venture world have sounded the alarm about burn. It doesnt feel quite as bad as RIP Good Times, but I’m certainly anticipating some hangovers. "No one's fearful, everyone's greedy, and it will eventually end." - Bill Gurley A good amount of the conversation has...
[Opportunity] Knight Cities Challenge Offers $5 million to make cities more successful (9/23/2014) - The Knight Foundation is looking for ideas to make cities more successful. 1. Ideas can come from anywhere, but must benefit one or more of the 26 Knight Communities. 2. Ideas should focus on 1 or more of 3 areas: attracting and retaining talent; expanding economic opportunity; creating a culture of civic engagement. The challenge...
How Startups Might Help In The Next Mayors Challenge (9/21/2014) -   “We need city leaders to continually reach for innovative new ways to address urban challenges – and then share what’s working with the world.” – Michael Bloomberg – Bloomberg Mayors Challenge   The second Bloomberg Mayors Challenge challenged EU cities to propose projects in areas from sustainability to civic engagement. The five winners from this years competition...
Community: The Differentiator For The Next Generation Of Venture Funds (9/15/2014) - [Image from GetSatisfaction] Smart money has always been desirable. Smart means connected to talent, customers and partners (and eventually more exit opportunities). Smart means guidance through startup’s existential questions from fundraising to hiring. Smart used to be defined by partners. But now it is being shaped by something new: the community that works with the fund partners....
Onewheel Experience Tour Video (9/10/2014) - If you haven’t been following One Wheel on Instagram, you’ve missed a number of great photos from the prior week’s tour. Now you can capture all the fun of seeing the Future in Motion by checking out the video of the tour. We are really excited to be supporting such a cool piece of transportation.
What People Want From a Smart Home (9/10/2014) - According to a recent Lowes Smart Home Survey, conducted in July by Harris Poll, people are most interested in security and monitoring followed by cost savings. They produced an interesting infographic with the data.
HandUp on Bloomberg News (9/7/2014) - Great discussion with Rose, CEO and co-founder of HandUp, covering how HandUp has been working as well as their expansion beyond their pilot to new cities. More on Bloomberg News.
BRCK in Fast Company: Made In Kenya, Assembled In America. (9/7/2014) - Flip over most any Apple product, and you’ll find the company’s famous tagline: “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China”. On the bottom of every BRCK is the declaration “Made in Kenya, Assembled in America”. Making products in Nairobi keeps the team focused on the problems they need to solve – unstable power and connectivity....
Should You Move To The Valley To Get Funding From Sand Hill Road Firms? (9/7/2014) - srsly disappointed by sand hill road series A/B VCs who tell our best co’s in Japan/EU/LatAm they need 2 move 2 valley 2 get checks. #lazy — Dave McClure (@davemcclure) September 4, 2014 Many of the points in the discussion echo sentiment I have heard before, like: “It’s hard to add value in markets and...
Noteworthy Deals Wk 31 (9/7/2014) - MobilityTech – With its acquisition of Ridescout and getTaxi, Daimler has become the first major automotive player to make a move into ride-sharing (though many are already involved in car-sharing services). Despite Uber X’s visibility, getTaxi has been popular in Germany since its launch in 2009. Ridescout only recently wrapped up a seed round. Combined,...
HAAS (Hardware As A Service): Can This Work For Seed Stage Companies? (9/7/2014) - HAAS offers a few advantages for founders. Traction can be accelerated by reducing upfront costs for customers. This additional traction should help address some of the HMMMM (Hardware means much more money) thinking from VC’s. Ok, HMMMM might still be true, but it’s not all going to need to be their money and it need...
[Opportunity] SEP Rome – Hardware Founders can meet some of Europe’s top Corporate Executives (9/3/2014) - “The Startup Europe Partnership aims to connect Europe’s top startups with the continent’s established corporates. In early October members of the partnership will gather at the Maker Faire in Rome to meet the best startups from the IoT world. Selected makers companies will meet executives from SEP member corporations, like Telefonica, Microsoft, Orange, BBVA, Gruppo...
Inside THE WYE: Christian Bogatu, Co-Founder KIWI.KI (9/3/2014) - Our life is full of key questions. Where will I go? Who am I? What I eat tonight? What is all this? Sometimes it is loaded with these questions and four shopping bags in addition to bicycle or small child on the doorstep. And then come the mother and the father of all key questions: WHERE IS THE FUCKING DOOR KEY...
76 Stories About How Startups Fail (9/1/2014) - CBInsights has pulled together a list of stories from founders (and sometimes investors) about why their startups failed. Themes include award winning products, with no business model as well as revenue that did not ramp fast enough. There are those that wished they had better advisors and investors and those that never spent enough time with...
What Is A Resilient City? (8/28/2014) - When people ask us what we care about at Urban.Us, we usually mention get to “Resilience” last and then quickly move on. It’s not that we care less about it, but more that it’s probably the hardest concept to get and generates the most blank stares and weird silences. So it’s helpful when other people...
Helping Small Businesses Save Energy (8/28/2014) - Small businesses may offer an interesting opportunity to pilot and deploy building retrofits. The Green Lab project is an interesting example of an existing community that could make this possible. The Green Lab is helping cities and community development organizations restore their social fabric and neighborhoods and revitalize their economy and community well-being through the America Saves! initiative....
[Opportunity] UPDATED: Citymart Challenge: San Francisco, Madrid & Moscow Focus Safety & Mobility (8/26/2014) - In early 2014, San Francisco adopted Vision Zero, which tasks the City to eliminate all traffic-related deaths by 2024. The City is currently incorporating treatments that focus on engineering improvements such as selected corridor planning/design, pedestrian detection systems, curb extensions and signal re-timing. They are looking for solutions that involve lighting and/or technology, such as smart...
Meet The Inventor of Onewheel, Kyle Doerksen (8/25/2014) - Kyle shares his journey to creating a single wheel, self-balancing skateboard. Or what happens when you combine computer science, electrical engineering, biology, mechanical engineering and meet an inspiring Sicilian machinist. 
Spreading the Soofa Love (8/25/2014) - After successful pilot in Boston Soofas are available in the U.S. The MIT Media Lab spinoff Changing Environments Inc. installed Soofas in Boston with the support of the Mayors office and funding from Cisco. The solar-powered benches are currently installed in 5 locations providing free charging to the public – on average 8 hours per...
Making 100 Cities Smarter Within 5 Years: The Uber Playbook (8/25/2014) - When we founded Urban.Us, we were influenced by the rate at which startups might scale growth. We’ve watched companies like ZocDoc and Zipcar reach 100 cities in a little more than 5 years. So whenever we look at new opportunities, we ask ourselves if there is a distribution model that might allow a startup to...
[Pitch] World to NYC Reminder (8/24/2014) - We are looking for digitally-enabled technologies (including software, hardware, and connected devices) that make cities more intelligent, efficient, and resilient by optimizing use of energy, resources and the built environment. While we welcome interest from any company focusing on the application of technology to urban sustainability, the following sectors are of particular interest: + Mobility...
Turning Procurement Upside Down (8/24/2014) - Slowly but surely municipalities are adopting the kind of thinking that encourages thinkers of various sectors and backgrounds to help tackle urban issues. In cities like Barcelona and Philadelphia, RFPs are transforming into open competition models that solicit ideas from across the globe, instead of working with more established corporations to remedy issues. A great...
[Pitch] Next Step Challenge for Smart City Startups (8/22/2014) - The Next Step Challenge is a unique program for smart city and smart home firms. It is the result of unique partnership between Accelerace, one of EU’s most successful accelerators as well as relevant government, utilities etc. Beyond the focus on smart cities, the program offers prizes, investment opportunities as well as a bundle of...
Tracking Water Savings with Rachio (8/21/2014) - There is something very cool about things that quietly work in the background to save you money. Even better if they are saving an undervalued resource like water. The new dashboard reports from Rachio show just how much water they can save you – in my case, this is the result from just 2 months....
[Hangout] How LEGO Works With Customers to Create Products (8/19/2014) - “But that’s not how we use it!”. This was one of my first interactions with a customer. I had designed what I thought was a very clever low cost Braille display. This first version was prototyped using a mix of LEGO and various things from around the house that I wrongly assumed my mom would...
[Pitch] Siemens New Venture Forum (8/19/2014) - This is an opportunity to meet and explore potential partnerships with one of the leading global players in the smart cities space. Siemens is active in areas ranging from energy management to transport and they are interested in meeting startups that are working in areas such as: • “Smart Data” analytics, • interfaces and visualization...
Valet Anywhere on Fox Business (8/18/2014) - Robert Kao fields questions from Fox Business in a lively video discussion about the Valet Anywhere business model and the current beta running in New York. Catch the clip here http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/3731986633001/getting-out-of-gridlock-with-new-app/#sp=show-clips Sign up for the beta in NYC here http://www.valetanywhere.com/nyc
Great Q&A with Shaun Abrahamson (8/18/2014) - #5. What were you the most excited about when you started off? Answer and more at http://juliadelrieu.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/shaun-abramhanson-on-changing-cities-a-100-startups-at-a-time/
Now you can get Dash for iOS (8/12/2014) - Please help us in supporting Dash by giving the new iOS app a spin and providing feedback. You can find them in the iTunes store here : https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dash-smarter-driving-every/id904108101 Note this is only available in the USA for now.
Using Partners to Win Government Business (8/12/2014) - Startups often struggle to get their first pilot and reference customers, which discourages many entrepreneurs and investors from pursuing opportunities that involve selling to cities. What can cities and startups do to navigate current procurement processes and improve them? – Shaun Abrahamson, Smart City Startups 2014 After having 12 years experience both selling to the...
Startups Attending Smart City Startups 2015 (8/11/2014) - Last April, 200 of us gathered to meet face to face with each other and with 25 of the most exciting startups in the smart city space. The founders included Urban.Us supported teams like Architizer, Radiator Labs, Seamless Docs, Bikespike, WhatUpBridge, HandUp, and Dash. We also had the privilege of showcasing startups like PWRstation, TransitApp, Neighbor.ly, Public Stuff,...
Cities must invest in startups to solve urban problems (globo.com) (8/11/2014) - Originally posted in Portuguese, this is a translated version. Original : http://revistapegn.globo.com/Noticias/noticia/2014/05/cidades-devem-apostar-em-startups-para-resolver-problemas-urbanos.html Cities, regardless of size, have problems. It’s a flood in the street, the lack of water in the neighborhood, the health post without remedy, an overpriced bid. Annoyance is not lacking for public managers. A simple approach, however, can help managers to find...
Why so much focus on building a platform? (8/7/2014) - We have invested a lot of blood, sweat, and brain power into finding the right approach to creating a platform to help us curate the Urban.Us network. Why? We believe we can help create the same physical synergies that come from being in a hub like the Bay Area and facilitate the sharing of relevant...
Welcome to the Urban.Us Network (8/6/2014) - Our new home We greatly appreciate your time and efforts to help us help startups. Our first 7 months using Basecamp was useful to test different messaging approaches and to reveal needs like making it easier to figure out who else is working with us. We chose to build a new home rather than buy...
Rose & Handup featured in SF Chronicle (8/6/2014) - “Why, when we have so much wealth and innovation and compassion in San Francisco, and all these apps like Lyft to streamline our lives, apps to bring us food and fix all our problems, why is all of that not adding up to a solution to that woman’s problem?” she asked herself. http://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Rose-Broome-finds-a-way-to-use-technology-for-good-5664927.php
Most Active Corporate VCs of 2014 YTD (8/5/2014) - The year to date most active corporate VCs include many who have expressed an interest in areas such as IOT or smart cities including. The top 10 include Google Ventures, Intel, Samsung, Qualcomm, Siemens and Cisco. https://www.cbinsights.com/blog/corporate-venture-capital-rankings-2014-q1-q2
Uber gets into ride sharing with Uberpool (8/5/2014) - Uber is trialing the service in SF. If you request a ride and a driver is headed in a similar direction, you can receive a discount, cutting UberX prices by estimated 40%. As we have discussed recently, a few new services have been focusing on seat level services aiming to undercut UberX, but so far...
Urban Bikes + Transport (8/5/2014) - Really interesting article about the future of urban transit http://gizmodo.com/this-wild-concept-for-the-ultimate-urban-bike-will-soon-1615867135
[Startup Opportunity] World 2 NYC Fall Program (8/4/2014) - “We are looking for companies that offer digitally-enabled technologies (including software, hardware, and connected devices) that make cities more intelligent, efficient, and resilient by optimizing the use of energy, resources, and the built environment.” http://worldtonyc.com/current-program/
What are the key components of a successful pitch deck (7/30/2014) - As an early stage company, you have more questions than answers. Accelerators, challenges, and investors understand that. At Urban.Us, we feel that the best pitch decks cover 4 goals : Making it clear what you understand and are excited about. Clarifying what you don’t know or are concerned with (risks). Showing why this is a...
Seeking RFP and government contract language (7/22/2014) - Hey Startups,  Hope all is well. Here at CfA we’ve started to think carefully about the common needs of our Accelerator companies and civic startups in general. What we’ve learned from conversations with numerous startups is that the RFP/procurement and contracting portion of the government sales cycle is one of the most challenging aspects.  We’ve...
Try Valet Anywhere in NYC (7/20/2014) - NYC friends. You might want to try this out. In case you missed it, you can have Valet Anywhere valet for you anywhere in NYC.  Have looped in Rob (CEO, co-founder) if you have any questions. Else you can register for the pilot here –  http://www.valetanywhere.com/nyc – Shaun (This was reposted from our legacy platform....
Microsoft Ventures (7/11/2014) - From Microsoft Ventures : To help ignite this new wave of connected devices and services, we launched a new Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Seattle, in partnership with American Family Insurance, that will focus on home automation (domotics http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domotics) We will help startups foster exciting new ideas by providing customer access, mentorship, technology, capital and expertise...
The Ultimate Guide To Bootstrapping A Hardware Startup (7/9/2014) - http://entire.ly/download/The%20Ultimate%20Guide%20To%20Bootstrapping%20A%20Hardware%20Startup.pdf (This was reposted from our legacy platform. Therefore, old comments will not be present.)
Great writeup on Skycatch in WIRED (7/2/2014) - No mention of city applications but still a great overview of the exciting work Christian and team are doing http://www.wired.com/2014/07/the-next-big-thing-you-missed-drones-as-a-cloud-service-that-actually-flies/ (This was reposted from our legacy platform. Therefore, old comments will not be present.)
SF cracks down on ‘Monkey Parking’ mobile app (6/23/2014) - Moves like this may give pause to startups trying to solve parking challenges but I think the concern here is specifically reselling a public asset. http://ourcitythoughts.org/urban-us-co-founders-on-smartcitystart-ups/ (This was reposted from our legacy platform. Therefore, old comments will not be present.)
Building Bigger Roads Actually Makes Traffic Worse (6/18/2014) - Spent the first part of this week at the Doable Cities forum and learned a lot about this topic from the people and cities working to resolve the issue. This article highlights the problem but the solution seems to be missing. Turns out reducing roads and expanding walkable and bikeable paths are an integral part...
Where’s the Money in the Internet of Things? (6/10/2014) - http://www.luxcapital.com/blog/wheres-the-money-in-the-internet-of-things/ Found this to be very insightful of how to think about hardware strategy in the smart city startups space. Main points are : 1. If your building hardware make sure there is enough value beyond looking better or costing less. 2. Additionally, you should see opportunities to lock in or get access to proprietary...
The first 6 months at Urban.Us (5/10/2014) - Magic. It’s what we need from cities in the next decade. We need the kind of magic that leads to a Nest or Waze level of impact. But this happens for fewer than 0.07% of early stage investments. We know startups can make our cities better, but these odds remind us how much help they’ll...
Helping startups that help cities [presentation] (5/8/2014) - Helping startups that are helping cities from Shaun Abrahamson
Urban.Us on Sustainable Cities in Latin America [Video] (4/29/2014) - Shaun discussed Sustainable Cities in Latin America with Jordi Botifoll, President of Cisco Latin America, Horacio Terraza of the Inter-American Development Bank and Alana Tummino of Americas Society/Council of the Americas.
San Francisco Police Department Bike Anti-Theft Unit (4/9/2014) - San Francisco is battling bike theft as the continues to benefit from the growth of bike sharing and public bike usage growth but suffers from the challenges of crime related to the growth. None of the solutions currently being considered include anything like what BikeSpike can offer. http://greaterplaces.com/topic/san-francisco-police-department-bike-anti-theft-unit-social-campaign/ This was reposted from our legacy platform....
Stonly Baptiste Welcome Stonly (2/18/2014) - We can finally make it official. Welcome Stonly. I am excited to have a great co-founder in what I expect will be a fun and rewarding, but challenging adventure. We only met a few months ago, but within the first few interactions, I knew he was special. The first thing I noticed about Stonly is...
How far along is your startup? (1/7/2014) - How far along is your startup? We can provide the most support during the early stages of development because we are focused on getting teams feedback on everything from product to marketing to business model and policies.  And at this stage, teams can quickly incorporate and use the feedback to make changes to their offering....
Welcome to 2020 (1/6/2014) - Welcome to 2020. Only six years ago we set out to help startups solve some of our most complex urban challenges. Thanks to you, we’ve been able to invest in and support more than 500 companies and we’re able to count 50 companies having a global impact in everything from sustainable buildings to transport sharing....
Coming Soon in 2014 (1/6/2014) - Urban.Us 2014 Since we started 4 months ago, I’ve been overwhelmed by the support and interest, so first, thank you. There is no way to make Urban.Us work without your support. Hopefully the best thanks will be scaling our impact in 2014. So here is what you can expect in the coming weeks and months....
How Cities Can Test 5,000 Potential Solutions in 5 Years (1/3/2014) - Sustainable Development: How Cities Can Test 5,000 Potential Solutions in 5 Years Cities are uniquely positioned to discover the best ways to do more with less, if they can work together to evaluate potential solutions. Start with 90% Failure Lets assume 1 in 10 ideas that are tested turn out to be good ones. And by...
Are smart cities empty hype? (12/12/2013) - The Economist has been exploring the promise of smart cities along with two very different approaches: a top down approach championed by large technology firms and a bottom up approach championed by those in favor of smaller, grass roots efforts. Dear Sir The closing remarks highlight important differences in the definition of smartness. For Anthony...
Meet The First Urban.Us Startups (11/1/2013) - Meet The First Urban.Us Startups We’d like you to meet our first startups and tell you a bit about how we met and why we’re excited about what they are doing. Architizer – I was fortunate to meet Marc, not too long after he co-founded Architizer. From the start, it was clear that he wanted...
What We Believe (And What We’re Testing) (11/1/2013) - What We Believe (And What We’re Testing) Urban.Us exists to help startups solve urban challenges. We’re beginning with assumptions from personal experience, interviews and observations. In the coming months we’ll be testing these assumptions with our first startups. Expanded Advisory Roles The growth of accelerator programs has demonstrated the value of connecting early stage teams...