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I've been talking about +Sidewalk Labs since it launched and even made it part of my pitch at WearableWednesday SF. I'm super excited for the future of  #urbantech  and mobility. Google's bet on this space is great validation for entrepreneurs. http://www.slideshare.net/blake/wearable-wednesday-sf
 
Many of you are reading this post while living in a city. And you can probably think of a ton of ways you’d like your city to be better—more affordable housing, better public transport, less pollution, more parks and green spaces, safer biking paths, a shorter commute... the list goes on!

Many cities around the world have already made a lot of progress in some of these areas—for instance, developing dashboards to measure and visualize traffic patterns, and building tools that let residents instantly evaluate and provide feedback on city services. But a lot of urban challenges are interrelated—for example, availability of transportation affects where people choose to live, which affects housing prices, which affects quality of life. So it helps to start from first principles and get a big-picture view of the many factors that affect city life. Then, you can develop the technologies and partnerships you need to make a difference.

So I’m very excited about +Sidewalk Labs​, a new company we’ve announced today. (The press release is at www.sidewalkinc.com if you want to read more).  Sidewalk will focus on improving city life for everyone by developing and incubating urban technologies to address issues like cost of living, efficient transportation and energy usage. The company will be led by Dan Doctoroff, former CEO of Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor of Economic Development and Rebuilding for the City of New York. Every time I talk with Dan I feel an amazing sense of opportunity because of all the ways technology can help transform cities to be more livable, flexible and vibrant.  I want to thank +Adrian who helped to bring Dan on board.

While this is a relatively modest investment and very different from Google's core business, it’s an area where I hope we can really improve people’s lives, similar to Google[x] and Calico. Making long-term, 10X bets like this is hard for most companies to do, but Sergey and I have always believed that it’s important. And as more and more people around the world live, work and settle in cities, the opportunities for improving our urban environments are endless. Now it’s time to hit the streets and get to work!
We're on the brink of a historic period for cities around the world. By 2050, the population in cities will double, intensifying existing socioeconomic, public health and environmental problems. At the same time, innovations in technology can be used to design communities that are more efficient ...
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Finally installing this! Next up, testing Draft.in's crowdsourced editors for blog posts. 
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451 Research Associate Analyst Ryan Martin comments [on Vinli's series A funding]:

“Receiving the seal of approval from Samsung, Cox and Westly Group is a big nod for Vinli, connected car tech and the treasure trove of data that comes with it.

We expect Vinli will aggressively pursue both domestic and international growth as its newly minted investment dollars go to work. Competitors Automatic and Mojio, although far from complacent, will have to focus just as much on building their network of partner companies as on new product development to continue to run with Vinli – matching on price and full-blown 4G LTE connectivity simply gets you in the door.”

#connectedcar #mobility
Vinli, a connected car startup that develops a device to bring a suite of apps and services to older cars via smartphones, has raised $6.5m in series A funding. Fortune reports as valuable as the funding is what the investors bring in experience, which is advantageous to Vinli: Marketing, ...
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In great anticipation of Pope Francis's forthcoming encyclical on the climate and #humanecology, someone has produced a great satirical promo: http://youtu.be/76BtP1GInlc

These are exciting times! With Google's launch of Sidewalk Labs for urban innovation and other momentum, the future of those innovating to make our cities more livable and sustainable is bright.

What a great time to jump into #urbantech #urbanmobility #connectedcar. #PopeForThePlanet 
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I'm happy to share this big news at Vinli! Now you know why I've been globetrotting to recruit #connectedcar developers around the world! Please spread the word...and order one.
 
+TechCrunch​ breaks the news on @Vinli's smokin A-round with Samsung, Cox Automotive, The Westly Group and behemoth 1st-tier automotive supplier, Continental! #ConnectedCar game on! Please share bit.ly/Vinli-TechCrunch. You can reserve your Vinli with 4G LTE on Indiegogo today: bitly.com/Vinli-Indiegogo
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Today we announced our Android Nanodegree with Udacity. Join us live on June 3rd to #AskTheExperts your questions!    
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If ever in Helsinki, you owe it to yourself to experience the sauna, +Sompasauna​. This open community sauna on the tip of Kalasatama is awesome. 
Sompasauna and a route from Suvilahti and Kalasatama metro station is marked on a map.
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+Stéphane Distinguin​, Loved the art! I've been talking with +Kevin Smouts​in SF about Automotive and mobility. Looks like we should put our heads together to discuss #connectedcar opportunities in France and EU. Check out news on Samsung-backed +Vinli Developers​.
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Curious about my work at Samsung-backed #connectedcar  play, Vinli, and #cleanweb connections? Check out my first post on LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/1f9oLFO #mobility #urbantech  
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A 600kW "energy kite"!
 
A few weeks ago, we gave you a sneak peek of our 600kW energy kite as we moved it out into the world. Now we’re ready to test it, starting this month here in Northern California. 

We’ve already tested the 600kW energy kite’s subsystems over the past few months, and this will be the first time we see how everything works together. While we can’t wait to see our new energy kite fully in action, we’re going to start off slowly by testing things incrementally. We need to get to know our energy kite first, and have it complete individual tasks successfully before giving it more advanced tasks. This means repeatedly performing functions as basic as powering the kite’s motors on and off, or getting the kite to hover with shorter tethers before we use a full-length tether. By testing close to our Alameda headquarters, our team will be able to quickly solve any issues that come up. Our engineers and scientists may even end up rapidly redesigning and rebuilding components as needed to ensure we have the best energy kite possible before we head off to Hawaii for our pilot project.

Check out these photos of our team completing final tests of our subsystems while putting the finishing touches on our 600kW energy kite.
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ConnectedCar. Cleanweb. Smartups
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I'm into Cleanweb and all things enabling the clean economy and sustainable cities. I'm also into paleo lifestyle, movement, cycling and love some Texas BBQ. 

As a founder of #Cleanweb, I started the Cleanweb hackathon series in 2011; which has morphed into an industry association known as The Cleanweb Initiative with activity in 20+ countries where I travel frequently to speak and hang out with entrpreneurs and developers.

Past: Dynamo Labs (1st-round fbFund recipient), Dallas startup community space, CoHabitat. RFID product management.  
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1st recipient of Facebook's fbFund
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Entrepreneur, Developer Relations, Hactivism
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cleanweb, connected car, smart mobility, developer evangelism, smart cities
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  • Vinli
    VP Developer Relations & Chief Hacktivist, 2014 - present
  • The Cleanweb Initiative
    CEO & Chief Hacktivist, 2012 - present
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Just OK. Least flavorful larb and pad kee mow I've had. Maybe the curries are better.
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Great place on the cliffs of Varkala. Attentive staff with on onsite ayurvedic treatments.
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Love this place!
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Went with a Groupon and hard to argue to get them to accept the terms which ruined an otherwise nice meal. Katy Trail location is much nicer.
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Great local café. Friendly and knowledgeable barista. Worth a stop for espresso.
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Love the location, coffee and baristas. Adjoining taco joint could use a lesson from Austin legends like Torchy's - just sayin.
Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Excellent
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Love the people and coffee. Menu could use some more hearty options - #paleo please!
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