How to Live a Life Between New York and London

by Courtney Boyd Myers, the co-curator of 3460 MilesFollow her on Twitter @cbm.

They are two of the greatest cities in the world… but living with one foot in each is no easy feat.

In the past two years, I’ve taken 36 plane trips across the Atlantic, totalling over 120,000 miles worth of air time. I’ve paid rent in London, crashed with friends in New York, spent a couple of blurry weeks at The Ace Hotel, and rented 12 different Airbnb apartments from strangers.

While expensive, living the Transatlantic life doesn’t mean you have to make over £100,000 per year or drain your life savings. A few tricks of the pond-hopping trade are enough to get by like a well-seasoned NyLoner.

1. Plan for Take Off

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Virgin Atlantic vs. British Airways? You must choose one. From the moment you start racking up points and air miles, it’s too late to turn back. While British Airways is superb if you can afford Upper Class, Virgin is a much better ride in any class. (Plus, you can always try your luck by sweet talking the check-in desk attendant for an upgrade!) If Virgin is your pick, you’ll want to unlock Gold Status, which can be more easily achieved by applying for a Virgin Atlantic credit card. Gold Status opens access to any of the Virgin Atlantic lounges, making the pre-flight experience that much more enjoyable. Forget Delta, American Airlines, and all the rest, if only for the lack of free booze! We don’t recommend drinking on long haul flights — but it’s the principle.

2. Stay Connected

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Choose an International Cell Phone Plan. If you spend more time in the U.S. than the U.K, T-Mobile offers a great plan for $100, allowing you to to use your phone in over 100 countries without being charged roaming fees. In the U.K. there’s EE, which offers something similar if you plan on spending more time in England. Alternatively, you could buy two SIM cards, one for each country. N.B. that it’s a lot easier to buy a top-up, pay-as-you-go SIM card in the U.K. than in the U.S. Also, beware of losing those tiny cards while swapping them out of your iPhone on the plane! If you’re an Android user, there are a plethora of dual-sim phone options.

Keep up with your social life on both sides of the pond. For staying in touch with friends all over the globe, What’s App and Facebook Messenger (funny enough!) are the way to go.

3. Be Climate Savvy

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Check the weather. Every New Yorker’s favourite weather tool has got to be Poncho, the app that embodies the personality of a sassy cat and sends you texts and/or e-mail updates in plain English. In London, we like the appropriately named PartlyCloudy, which delivers us the weather news in a beautiful infographic.

4. Get from A to B

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Use Hailo in London and Uber in New York City. Hailo works like a charm in London. At the tap of a finger, a black cab will be at your door in under 5 minutes. However, since the recent upsurge in user signups, Uber now tend to be pretty speedy too but some of the drivers have no idea of where they’re heading. On the flip side, I’ve never successfully hailed a Hailo in New York, while Uber dominates Manhattan and Brooklyn with its convenient, dependable and classy car service. As a last resort, the age old trick of sticking out your hand to hail a cab still works well in both cities.

Taking public transport? Look no further than CityMapper. Live in both New York and London, CityMapper is by far the best way to map out your real-time route through either city’s extensive transport networks.

5. Make Time to Dine

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Looking for the hottest new restaurants? Made in New York's app Foursquare is great for finding venues rated highly by your peers. It allows for searching by location or browsing through curated lists such as CBM in NYC, our 3460 Miles in NYC, CBM in London and our 3460 Miles in London. To book, simply click “Reservation” within the app to launch OpenTable (the company that acquired UK’s TopTable). Other on-point media resources for finding city hot spots are Just Opened London and Time Out New York.

When it comes to paying the bill, check out the Cover app while Stateside. If you’re paying a friend back after a round of pre-dinner drinks, do so with Venmo in NYC and the soon-to-launch Ringpay in London to avoid fumbling between currencies.

6. Rest Your Head

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Unless you’re on someone else’s dime, bouncing back and forth between Ace Hotels might not be an option. Ideally, you’ll want to have an apartment in both New York and London. Before you dismiss this as a ludicrously expensive idea, read on!

Let your apartment out on One Fine Stay and rent a place on Airbnb. One Fine Stay is extremely host-friendly. While the company takes a bigger fee (about 50%), it handles guest relations, check-in, check-out and cleaning— all particularly helpful trade-offs when you’re on the road and unable to let a guest in. Plus, nothing beats walking in to a sparkling clean home after you’ve been away.

On the consumer side, I usually opt for Airbnb as a guest because it’s much cheaper. The social recommendations on Airbnb also win my vote, as this feature easily lets you rent through someone you have mutual friends with on Facebook. If you’re going super pro NyLon, why not try and rent the same place each trip? You could ask the host if you can leave a bag behind for a small monthly fee, or perhaps even free of charge if they’re awesome (and most Airbnb hosts tend to be).

The NyLon lifestyle is as crazy as it sounds and far less glamorous than most people suppose it to be. But for those of us who’ve built a life caught between two cities, we can only keep purchasing plane tickets and sharing lessons learned along the way.

Now you’ve got your insider tips and booked your flight, you’re set to go! Bon voyage and see you in 3460 Miles!

Flight 037 has taken off!

Hello!

Welcome to 3460 Miles, the exact distance between London and New York City as the proverbial crow flies. 3460 Miles is also an editorially-driven community aiming to digitally and physically connect creative and passionate individuals who live, work and travel between NYC and London.

Our bi-weekly newsletter features the top tech, design and social good startups and organizations from New York and London, as well interviews, events and news.

Enjoy!

Featured New York Company: Sawhorse Media


Sawhorse Media is the tech startup behind Muck Rack and the Shorty Awards. Muck Rack allows you to tell your story to the media by pitching journalists on story ideas, getting alerts when journalists mention your brand or keyword, and measuring the impact of your PR efforts. Journalists use Muck Rack to manage their online identity and track how their articles are shared.




The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media globally. Past winners include Ricky Gervais, Conan O’Brien, Cory Booker, Grover, Stephen Fry, George Takei and Jerry Seinfeld. The Shortys also honor the best work by brands and media companies on social media. The annual ceremony brings together people IRL from around the world and generates a lot of hashtags.

Featured London Company: Loomideck


What does an Apple-fanatic team do when they don’t want to equip their shiny Macbooks with an outdated enterprise software? You guessed right: they develop their own. Loomideck is an enterprise social network for team collaboration and project management.



Share bookmarks and images with your team just like on Pinterest, use hashtags, and share files via drag and drop, all on a familiar Facebook-style newsfeed.

The goal is to erase the gap between consumer web and enterprise software, by merging consumer web design, usability, and user experience with the relevant enterprise feature set. Sign up now to try it with your team!

Featured Passenger in London: Mary Hurd


Security Check: Mary Hurd is the Senior Strategist at audience.io, an audience development studio based in New York and London that works with tech startups like Fueled, TaskRabbit, and Percolate (and also happens to help run 3460 Miles!). She’s currently spending the summer in London, but normally resides in NYC. 



What’s your historical London and New York connection? 

New York is home. There’s nothing like the piss soaked streets of the New York City. As for London, I never expected to know it intimately, but the cosmos had other plans. Two years ago, I picked up a gorgeous Englishman at a bar in New York. A summer later, I became Courtney Boyd Myers’s first hire at audience.io. Now, I find myself in London multiple times a year for work and play. I’m currently here for the summer, let’s get lunch!

Describe your experience in London as a New Yorker.

Even though I’ve been a little bewildered by the weather (why am I wearing jeans and a leather jacket in July?) I’ve had an amazing summer so far. Hanging out with the lads in East London, where my boyfriend grew up, I’ve learned to say things like, “Innit” and “Come on, like I didn’t grow up in Hackney and go to bare bashment raves.” My street cred is off the charts.



How can New York and London better engage with each other? 

Have you heard of audience.io?

Favorite NYC secret spot: While not a secret, Brooklyn Bridge Park is the most underrated park in New York. Grab some friends, as much meat from Fiacco's as you can carry, and spend the day barbecuing and taking in the view.

Favorite London secret spot: Two words: Yasar. Halim. Also, the best avocado toast in the world can be found at Tuckshop in Shoreditch.



If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Hong Kong. There’s nothing better than talking shit in Cantonese and eating dim sum.

In flight entertainment:

*A Londoner in New York or a New Yorker in London? Want to be featured in the next 3460 Miles? Fill out our interview!*

New York:

Let’s Collaborate NYC: The Sharing Economy on Demand: Stop by Impact Hub to hear from founders of Wun Wun, Zeel, and Airtasker and learn more about the emerging “on demand” economy. Wednesday July 16th, 6:30-9pm. Get your ticket here.

Transition Conference: Join Percolate (an audience.io member) for a day of ideas and conversations about how technology is reshaping the world, the enterprise and marketing. Wednesday July 16th, 8:30am-6:00pm at The TimesCenter. Grab a discount using this link.

The NYC BigApps Block Partyhosted at Brooklyn’s Industry City, Erica’s new favorite venue – is an all-out celebration of all things tech, with food trucks, music, games, Etsy sellers, live pitches, and more. It’s a family-friendly event that showcases the power of partnership between the City’s vibrant technology sector and the City’s vital nonprofit and civic network. Saturday, July 19th, noon-6 pm. RSVP here.

London:

How to WorkshopWolff Olins believes that meetings don’t really help your team’s productivity. Whether you’re a startup founder or Fortune 500 CEO, you need to know how to run workshops that create focus, inspire teams and lead to more action and faster decision-making. Now you can learn how. Wednesday, 23rd July, 9:00-16:00 at Wolff Olins offices. Use code ‘learn’ for a VERY special 3460 discount (hint: 75% off)!

REMIX Academy Summit - From Idea to Reality: This summit brings together thought-leaders, cultural innovators and founders from across industries to explore the entrepreneurial approaches and revolutionary business models that are transforming the cultural and creative sector. Wednesday, 16th July at Level39. Details & tickets found here.

Tech Entrepreneurs Week: A national technology conference, Tech Entrepreneurs Week has the goal to deliver an educational insight programme of speeches from world-class technology leaders. This year’s themes are Mobile, 3D Printing, Cutting Edge Tech, Digital Entertainment & Entrepreneurship.Wednesday 16th July through Thursday 17th July at Euston SquareGet the details here.Flight 037 has landed. 

For more fun, follow us on Twitter and Tumblr, and join our Facebook group. And please send us your feedback so that we can curate the best content to digitally connect London and NYC!

Cheers,
Your curators - @CBM (London) & @GoodBerger (NYC)

Flight 036 has taken off!

Hello!

Welcome to 3460 Miles, the exact distance between London and New York City as the proverbial crow flies. 3460 Miles is also an editorially-driven community aiming to digitally and physically connect creative and passionate individuals who live, work and travel between NYC and London.

Our bi-weekly newsletter features the top tech, design and social good startups and organizations from New York and London, as well interviews, events and news.

Enjoy!

Featured New York Company: Ideapod



Ideapod is a social media platform for ideas. Express your passions and moments of inspiration with others to find like minded people making your ideas a reality. Ideas are limited to 1000 characters and can contain pictures or videos in communicating your thoughts and concepts.



The platform launched in invite only beta in February and has been growing steadily ever since, attracting digital influencers such as Jason Silva, Brian Solis and Jeremy Waite. We are pleased to let you know that readers of our newsletter are being granted invite only status. You can join here - www.ideapod.com/nyi - as well as follow Ideapod @ideas on Twitter.

Featured London Company: The Dairy Girl


Love cheese? Then you’ll love The Dairy Girl, providing monthly cheese boxes to homes and businesses throughout the UK.



Every month a new selection of cheeses is sourced directly from The Dairy Girl’s beloved producers. You receive a delicious box of her cheeses tailored to your preferences. So whether you’re an indiscriminate cheese-lover or boycotting the blues, The Dairy Girl selections will be right up your street.

The boxes come complete with quirky info cards guiding you through the nuances of each curdy creation - tasting notes, drink pairings and serving suggestions along with cheeky anecdotes from the producers. Plans are fully flexible - pause, cancel and change box size at any time. Get 50% off your first box with promo code ‘3460CHEESE’!

Featured Passenger in London & New York: Sam Gordon


Security Check: Sam Gordon is the Executive Digital Recruiter and co-founder ofGordon & Eden, a boutique executive search firm based in Tech City. London native, part-time DJ, full-time father.



What’s your historical London and New York connection? 

I moved to NYC in 2007 to start up the US CTO practice for a global exec search firm. Moved back to London in 2010 but stayed working between both cities ever since. I got married in NYC so it will always have a special connection!

Describe your experience in New York as a Londoner.

My lasting memory of early days as an ex-pat was that I loved the directness and positivity of doing business in New York. The English accent meant people remembered me but I had to work hard in first meetings to demonstrate that I understood the local market.



How can New York and London better engage with each other? 

I believe London and NYC have more in common than they do with any other cities in their respective countries. Particularly in media, fashion and financial services - companies should look across the Atlantic first for partnerships. 3460 Miles is a great blueprint for how companies can work together and more initiatives like this are needed.

Favorite NYC secret spotUshiwakamaru Sushi. Under the radar, totally unpretentious, outstanding sushi spot. Book the sushi bar with head chef Hideo and you will not be disappointed. Turns into a Ramen bar from midnight until 4am, so the perfect place to start and end your evening.

Favorite London secret spot: One of the best things about living in East London is the constant flow of new independent bars and restaurants. Counter Cafe in Hackney Wick has been around for a few years now and remains one of my favourites. Tucked away a few blocks from the roar of the A12 in an industrial hinterland it is an oasis of calm: a cafe and art space on the River Lea serving amazing breakfasts and coffee to a hip but unaffected local crowd.



If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? For excitement, opportunity and general liveability I don’t think you can beat either London or New York. If I could live in a Brooklyn brownstone near Victoria Park with amazing local sushi or transplant the London music scene and British sense of humour to Fort Greene then I would never covet the other! I will never live anywhere apart from London or New York.

In flight entertainment:

*A Londoner in New York or a New Yorker in London? Want to be featured in the next 3460 Miles? Fill out our interview!*

New York:

AlleyNYC’s 4th of July party: Join AlleyNYC and some of NYC’s best startup community to kick their summer series of events off at The DL Rooftop Lounge on the Lower East Side. Wednesday July 2nd, 7:30-midnight. Get your tickets here.

And speaking of 4th of July, here’s your list of parties and places to catch the fireworks, which have finally returned to the East River, where they belong!

Kara Walker Installation at the Domino Sugar Factory: The historic Domino Sugar Refinery on the banks of the East River in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is set to be demolished and turned into middle income housing very soon. But before the iconic building is gone, Kara Walker and Creative Time have installed an incredible exhibit featuring a giant sugar sphinx, and molasses sculptures. Fridays, 4-6pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, noon-6pm through July 6th, free.More info here.



The Phat Startup: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Raising Money:Join one of our favorite engineers and designers turned early stage investors, Nikhil Kalghatgi of Vast Ventures, for a no holds barred Q+A session. Wednesday July 9th, 6-9pm. Get your tickets now, only 30 available!

London:

Spark the Change Conference: Spark is the UK’s first conference on transforming the whole business, integrating methods from Lean Start-Up and Agile to Culture Change at Scale. It features international speakers who have led extraordinary transformations and it’s for anyone who wants the world of work to be a better, happier place. Thursday 3rd July through Friday 4th July at The Brewery. Find out more information here.

Fundamentals of Entrepreneurial Finance: This class provides a thorough introduction to the key finance reports used in all businesses. You’ll be able to understand key finance and accounting principles to help you gain a deeper understanding of the practise of entrepreneurial finance. Thursday, 10th July, 18:30 at Google Campus. Grab a ticket here.

Tech Entrepreneurs Week: A national technology conference, Tech Entrepreneurs Week has the goal to deliver an educational insight programme of speeches from world-class technology leaders. This year’s themes are Mobile, 3D Printing, Cutting Edge Tech, Digital Entertainment & Entrepreneurship.Wednesday 16th July through Thursday 17th July at Euston SquareGet the details here.Flight 036 has landed. 

For more fun, follow us on Twitter and Tumblr, and join our Facebook group. And please send us your feedback so that we can curate the best content to digitally connect London and NYC!

Cheers,
Your curators - @CBM (London) & @GoodBerger (NYC)

Flight 035 has taken off!

Hello!

Welcome to 3460 Miles, the exact distance between London and New York City as the proverbial crow flies. 3460 Miles is also an editorially-driven community aiming to digitally and physically connect creative and passionate individuals who live, work and travel between NYC and London.

Our bi-weekly newsletter features the top tech, design and social good startups and organizations from New York and London, as well interviews, events and news.

Enjoy!

Featured New York Company: Gaggyl



Gaggyl removes the pain points of going out with a large group - from the reservation to the bill.



Gaggyl.com is a marketplace for consumers to find, book, and organize experiences for larger groups – like birthday dinners, bachelor party open bars, or private rooms for guys and girls night out. The company’s goal is to make planning group events easier for consumers and partners alike by curating group experiences at a price per head, and giving the organizer tools to make planning easier: invitations, RSVP management, reminders to help herd the cats, and online bill-splitting and payment. The platform helps consumers through the whole process from finding a venue to splitting the bill.

Gaggyl was born out of the team’s frustrations around planning events for their groups of friends. Gaggyl is here to help anyone and everyone herd their own respective flock.
 

Featured London Company: TableCrowd




TableCrowd believes that networks are vital for success and that there is no better way to build them than over food!

The tech platform allows you to organise intimate, sector-specific networking dinners that are tailored to relevant business themes. At a TableCrowd event, individuals can connect and engage with high-caliber, like-minded professionals and entrepreneurs in a deep and meaningful manner to create future alliances, partnerships and new business opportunities.

Join now to find a dinner that’s right for you!

Featured Passenger in New York: Nadine McCarthy Kahane


Security Check: Nadine McCarthy Kahane is the founder of Stone & Strand, the leading online luxury fine jewelry destination. She grew up between Singapore and London, with brief stops in Argentina, Switzerland and Philadelphia along the way, before finding her home in New York City.



What’s your historical London and New York connection? 

I went to high school in London, and worked there for many years after graduating from Cambridge. While at Cambridge, I spent a summer as an intern at the UN headquarters in New York and fell in love with the city. The hot dogs, the summer heat, the cocktails, the small apartments (2 to a bed), night life…

I moved to New York two years ago with my new husband, fulfilling my dream of going back there, which took over ten years! Stone & Strand works closely with British designers, and we serve clients in the UK as well. The British jewelry industry is exceptionally creative and filled with talent, and it’s exciting to play a role in bridging the gap across both markets.

Describe your experience in New York as a Londoner.

My accent is best described as confused, and as someone of mixed heritage people find it impossible to place me, and are often surprised when I say I’m from the UK. In my mind, I actually mean that I’m from London (who leaves the M25?) and to me both worlds are the same, the people, the energy, the creativity - I feel at home in both places.



How can New York and London better engage with each other? 

We need to bring back the Concorde - and make it significantly cheaper! Aside from this I do believe there is an incredible exchange of information and talent, which could be further encouraged through collaborations with partners in similar fields, just across the pond.

Favorite NYC secret spotSaturdays Surf NYC outdoor coffee shop - A touch of Brooklyn in Soho with this relaxed outdoor area perfect for the afternoon pick me up.

Favorite London secret spotGordon’s Wine Bar - a candlelit underground tavern in the center of London. Just don’t organize a birthday party there on the sunniest summer day of the year like I did!



If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? After London and New York, you’ll find me in Switzerland on the very top of a mountain. The most beautiful place on earth.

In flight entertainment:

  • What’s playing in your headphones right now? I only watch movies on planes - and the last flight from the UK was spent catching up on Oscar Nominated films like Philomena and American Hustle. One British, one American - Americans pretending to be British, the British finding their past in America. You would think I made it up for this blog post.
  • And what are you currently reading? I am reading tons of magazines, and working my way through a novel called Lenin’s Kisses. It’s taking a while!

*A Londoner in New York or a New Yorker in London? Want to be featured in the next 3460 Miles? Fill out our interview!*

New York:

The Northside Festival: One of NYC and Brooklyn’s top tech, innovation, film, music and trade shows, this is in our opinion the not to be missed conference of the summer. With speakers ranging from the founder of Etsy, Shutterstock, Of A Kind, and Buzzfeed, to bands like Beirut and Beach Fossils, it’s going to be a killer week from June 12th-19thget your badges here!

Global Innovator, Mobile: Join some of the top NYC-based investors including Jalak Jobanputra of FuturePerfect and Nic Poulos of Bowery Capital, with entrepreneur and best-selling author Dave Kerpen of Likeable Local to learn about what’s next to change the game in mobile. Wednesday, June 25th, 5:30 pm-late. Register here for your ticket.

Kara Walker Installation at the Domino Sugar Factory: The historic Domino Sugar Refinery on the banks of the East River in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is set to be demolished and turned into middle income housing very soon. But before the iconic building is gone, Kara Walker and Creative Time have installed an incredible exhibit featuring a giant sugar sphinx, and molasses sculptures. Fridays, 4-6pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, noon-6pm through July 6th, free.More info here.

London:

Programming for Non-Programmers Boot Camp: Are you a creative or entrepreneur that wishes you could speak tech with your web development team? Maybe you wish you could code a bit yourself? This workshop series is designed to help non-programmers communicate more efficiently with developers or to help aspiring developers get started. Two-part session 21st-22nd June at General Assembly London. Claim your spot here.

Women & Fundraising - An Evening with Female VCs & Entrepreneurs: Join Girls in Tech London for a panel discussion on fundraising and entrepreneurship with five admirable VCs and Entrepreneurs, including Eileen Burbidge of Passion Capital. Wednesday, 25th June, 19:00-21:00 at Central Working Whitechapel. Grab your free ticket here.

"Coming to America" Academy: Part of London Technology WeekFried Frank is offering a series of 1-2-1 sessions with experienced mentors on US legal, accountancy, banking, immigration, investment/finance, digital marketing, UK government support and insurance issues you should consider when expanding to the US. Thursday, 19th June, 10:00-16:00 at ExCel London. Find the details here.Flight 035 has landed. 

For more fun, follow us on Twitter and Tumblr, and join our Facebook group. And please send us your feedback so that we can curate the best content to digitally connect London and NYC!

Cheers,
Your curators - @CBM (London) & @GoodBerger (NYC)

Recap: Our London Summer Happy Hour

We enjoyed a sunny, breezy evening, celebrating the start of summertime at our 3460 Miles Happy Hour at Cotton’s Rhum Shack in Boxpark Shoreditch

3460 co-founder Erica Berger & audience.io’s Mary Hurd enjoying their Caribbean cocktails.

Chatting away as the dusk sunlight pours in.

A little speech & toast from co-founders Courtney Boyd Myers & Erica Berger.

CBM introducing and thanking Dan Glazer, co-head of the Technology Transactions Practice at Fried Frank, the event sponsor.

All-in-all and enjoyable evening with plenty of light chatter, salty margaritas & chilled Coronas!

Thank you once again to our wonderful sponsors….

Flight 034 has taken off!

Hello!

Welcome to 3460 Miles, the exact distance between London and New York City as the proverbial crow flies. 3460 Miles is also an editorially-driven community aiming to digitally and physically connect creative and passionate individuals who live, work and travel between NYC and London.

Our bi-weekly newsletter features the top tech, design and social good startups and organizations from New York and London, as well interviews, events and news.

Enjoy!

3460 Miles Summer Party in London



***We are excited to announce our upcoming 3460 Miles Summer Happy Hour in London!: Join us for our second annual 3460 Miles summertime party in London, sponsored by our friends at Fried Frank! The cocktails will be flowing and we’ll have plenty of tunes to get you into the summer mood. The most important question is, are you attending?***

Featured New York Company: Songza


Songza is a music search engine and internet jukebox, built and based in NYC. Relaxing? Working? Throwing a party? Songza plays the right music for any situation thanks to their human curated playlists.



Using 7 data points (time of day, day of week, device, weather, IP address, your past behavior, and the entire community’s behavior given that context), Songza can accurately predict what you’re doing or feeling. These playlists are handpicked by their network of 50+ Music Experts (critics, journalists, film composers, producers, DJs, ethnomusicologists). And these people have personality and opinions of what’s best to listen to for every situation: something that a computer algorithm cannot replicate. Songza is 100% free, with no audio ads breaking up your beats on the way to work.

Featured London Company: The Bathory


Ooolala. We love The Bathory, a startup that lets you invent a customised bath soak, to help you feel relaxed, revived, and sexy — or whatever you fancy. Just add (hot) water.



All the minerals and oils in The Bathory are most effective in a hot bath when you’re immersed in skin-friendly goodies and breathing in lovely therapeutic vapours at the same time.

Your invention is hand-blended to order — in a bespoke batch of one — from The Bathory’s (tiny) factory in darkest Berkshire. You just need to swoosh, breathe, and enjoy.

Featured Passenger in London: Daniel Glazer


Security Check: Daniel Glazer is the co-head of the Technology Transactions Practice atFried Frank. He splits his time roughly 50/50 between NYC and London, helping UK companies navigate the legal aspects of US expansion.



What’s your historical London and New York connection? 

I’ve spent most of my 15-year career as a NY tech lawyer helping London companies both large and small with US matters.

Describe your experience in London as a New Yorker.

Every day I’m in London, I’m grateful for the opportunity to experience the incredible blend of old and new through a New Yorker’s eyes. NYC is an amazing place, but I’ll never have that same rush of becoming part of a great city as a newcomer.



How can New York and London better engage with each other? 

By keeping an open mind about what the other has to offer. In particular, there’s a lot that the NYC and London tech communities can learn from each other — they’re very similar in many ways, but have different styles of doing business. The stereotypical New York aggression often works well, but London cool can be just as effective.

Favorite NYC secret spot: Perhaps it’s not so secret, but Jack Demsey’s is my bar of choice for a morning of proper football. Favorite spot used to be Chumley’s, a former speakeasy in the West Village (RIP).

Favorite London secret spotYe Olde Cheshire Cheese. Re-built in 1667, they just don’t make pubs like this in NYC (or anywhere else in the US).



If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Other than New York, it’s got to be London. I never grow tired of history and progress happily (sometimes not so happily) sitting side by side. And I may be out on a limb here, but I’m partial to the weather and the food.

In flight entertainment:

*A Londoner in New York or a New Yorker in London? Want to be featured in the next 3460 Miles? Fill out our interview!*

New York:

Daybreaker: Wake up and dance! Daybreaker is about being in the here and now, surrounded by amazing people, beautiful music, and an incredible vibe. It is about dancing your face off before work and feeling gloriously healthy while doing so. It is about love, it is about mindfulness, and it is about mischief. One of our favorite morning parties is back this Wednesday, June 4th, 7-9 am. With free coffee, tea, juice, a live DJ and band, and good people, start your day right. Get your ticket here.

Venture For America Summer Celebration: Join some of NYC’s top entrepreneurs, journalists, and personalities including Dave Gilboa of Warby Parker, David Brooks of the New York Times, Charles Best of DonorsChoose, and Jennifer Fleiss of RentTheRunway as VfA welcomes their newest class of fellows and recognizes the inaugural class of 2012. Thursday, June 5th, 7-11pm, IACGet your ticket here.

Kara Walker Installation at the Domino Sugar Factory: The historic Domino Sugar Refinery on the banks of the East River in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is set to be demolished and turned into middle income housing very soon. But before the iconic building is gone, Kara Walker and Creative Time have installed an incredible exhibit featuring a giant sugar sphinx, and molasses sculptures. Fridays, 4-6pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, noon-6pm through July 6th, free.More info here.

London:

The Europas Awards & Gathering: The biggest European tech startup awards are back, and we have a very special discount for our readers. Join us just beside the river Thames in London to honor startups in a plethora of categories. Tuesday, 10th June, 10:00-23:00 at Old BillingsgateHurry and grab your 10% off tickets with code ‘3460MILES’!!

3460 Miles Summer Happy Hour!: Join us for our second annual 3460 Miles summertime party in London, sponsored by Fried Frank! We’ll be gathering all of your favorite New Yorkers and Londoners under one roof for a night of drinks, light bites, and inspired chats. Wednesday, 11th June, 18:30-20:30 at Rhum Shack in Shoreditch BoxparkAre you attending?

"Coming to America" Academy: Part of London Technology WeekFried Frankis offering a series of 1-2-1 sessions with experienced mentors on US legal, accountancy, banking, immigration, investment/finance, digital marketing, UK government support and insurance issues you should consider when expanding to the US. Thursday, 19th June, 10:00-16:00 at ExCel London. Find the details here.Flight 034 has landed. 

For more fun, follow us on Twitter and Tumblr, and join our Facebook group. And please send us your feedback so that we can curate the best content to digitally connect London and NYC!

Cheers,
Your curators - @CBM (London) & @GoodBerger (NYC)

P.S. Sandbox Network Applications are open in NYC! Under 30 and working to solve big global challenges, but still looking for a community that gets you and knows how to authentically connect and collaborate? Look no further than Sandbox.Applications are open until June 15th in NYC. Find out more here and ping Erica at bergerworks@gmail.com if you are interested!

Flight 033 has taken off!

Hello!

Welcome to 3460 Miles, the exact distance between London and New York City as the proverbial crow flies. 3460 Miles is also an editorially-driven community aiming to digitally and physically connect creative and passionate individuals who live, work and travel between NYC and London.

Our bi-weekly newsletter features the top tech, design and social good startups and organizations from New York and London, as well interviews, events and news.

Enjoy!
 

Featured New York Company: HitList


Hitlist was founded by Gillian Morris, Luka Kladaric, and Timo de Winter to help address the painful, inefficient travel search experience that they think holds people back from traveling as much as they’d like to. Hitlist is a mobile app that helps you build a list of places you’d like to go, then alerts you when there are cheap flights to get there. It scans and filters billions of airfares and sends you only the ones most relevant to you, saving time and money and helping you get on the road more often.

Hitlist functions much as a travel agent would: you provide the times, destinations (or types of destinations), and budget that works for you, and Hitlist make suggestions that fit your unique travel profile. Available on iOS and Android. Hitlist’s investors include the Chairman of Orbitz and the founder of JetBlue.  

Featured London Company: Conjure


Neverbland is a company that deals with designs daily, and has always had a bit of an issue with the flow of the design sign-off process. The phone calls, the email chains, the scribbles on paper, all of these jumbled ways to receive feedback! A mess! Until now…



The recently launched Conjure allows you to streamline the design feedback process in a collaborative way. Conjure lets you pinpoint, track and share feedback directly onto your designs and images, so you can get sign-off and your product out there faster.

Featured Passenger in London: Destiny Cullen


Security Check: Destiny Cullen is an Executive Assistant by day and a newfound blogger by night who has been living in London now for 3 years via Brooklyn.



What’s your historical London and New York connection? 

My Dad is British and I have always wanted to live abroad but I also just so happened to meet someone here so decided to take the leap.

Describe your experience in London as a New Yorker.

I think life as an expat can be quite difficult. It’s hard to meet people here outside of work in contrast to New York. Also, when I first moved here they didn’t even stock coconut water at major grocery stores so I found certain things like that being behind the trend quite frustrating. However, I think the work culture here is much more relaxed which I can’t complain about.



How can New York and London better engage with each other? 

It wouldn’t hurt to crack a smile on the subway/tube and say excuse me every once in awhile. The little things can go a long way!

Favorite NYC secret spot: Can I only name one?! I don’t know why but food comes to mind, particularly sushi, my favorite has to be Jewel Bako in the East Village. It’s intimate/quiet, and I daresay better than Nobu.

Favorite London secret spot: My absolute favorite new spot is going to be The Lockhart and of course it’s American! You must go there for brunch and order the Chicken & Waffle, Shrimp & Grits and the Biscuits & Gravy with a Breakfast Martini!



If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? This is a tough one I must say, because I’ve fallen in love with France but my heart still belongs to Brooklyn. When I’m there everything just makes sense.

In flight entertainment:

  • What’s playing in your headphones right now? Phantogram
  • And what are you currently reading? A Clash of Kings (A Game of Thrones)

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New York:

Internet Week NY: Join folks from across the tech industry to celebrate their impact on business and culture here in NYC. Mayor Bill DeBlasio will be keynoting, and speakers include the co-founder of VICE, the founder of Lerer Ventures, the head of Yahoo! America, the co-founder of Upworthy, the founder of IndieGoGo, and drumroll please…the actor and investor Omar Epps! May 19th-25th,Metropolitan Pavilion. Find out more and get your pass here!

Sandbox Network Applications are open in NYC! Under 30 and working to solve big global challenges, but still looking for a community that gets you and knows how to authentically connect and collaborate? Look no further than Sandbox.Applications are open until June 15th in NYC. Find out more here and ping Erica at bergerworks@gmail.com if you are interested!

Kara Walker Installation at the Domino Sugar Factory: The historic Domino Sugar Refinery on the banks of the East River in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is set to be demolished and turned into middle income housing very soon. But before the iconic building is gone, Kara Walker and Creative Time have installed an incredible exhibit featuring a giant sugar sphinx, and molasses sculptures. Fridays, 4-6pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, noon-6pm through July 6th, free.More info here.

London:

Ping Pong Fight Club: One thing the startups of London’s growing tech cluster share is a deep love of ping pong. That’s why ListoraMind Candy, and Decodedhave teamed up to bring you the 1st tech startup ping pong championship!Thursday, 5th June, 19:00 at Second HomeFind everything you need to know here.

WIRED Innovation Fellowships: Calling all innovators! In 2014, there will be 12 WIRED Innovation Fellows, who will gain free access to all WIRED events, the opportunity to speak in October’s conference, coverage in WIRED publications, mentorship and SO much more. Applications due 30th May, so don’t miss out. Find out how to apply here.

"Clarity Live" with Eric Ries: The Lean Startup guru himself is joining us in London via VoIP, where he’ll be talking about the history of the Lean Startup, the current state and the future of it. You’ll even have the chance to ask him any questions you’d like afterwards. Beers & pizza will follow, thanks to Makeshift.Thursday, 22nd May, 17:30-20:00 at Shoreditch WorksAre you attending?Flight 033 has landed. 

For more fun, follow us on Twitter and Tumblr, and join our Facebook group. And please send us your feedback so that we can curate the best content to digitally connect London and NYC!

Cheers,
Your curators - @CBM (London) & @GoodBerger (NYC)

Flight 032 has taken off!

Hello!


Welcome to 3460 Miles, the exact distance between London and New York City as the proverbial crow flies. 3460 Miles is also an editorially-driven community aiming to digitally and physically connect creative and passionate individuals who live, work and travel between NYC and London.

Our bi-weekly newsletter features the top tech, design and social good startups and organizations from New York and London, as well interviews, events and news.

Enjoy!
 

Featured New York Company: SocialRank


SocialRank is a simple tool that helps brands and individuals find out more information about the people that follow them on social networks, starting with Twitter. In January 2012, Alex Taub and Michael Schonfeld built a small tool called MVF, which stood for Most Valuable Follower, which revealed your most valuable Twitter followers. The tool went viral with thousands of people using it, ranging from the biggest brands to B-list celebrities.

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While the two hackers decided to shut it down and join payments startup Dwolla, they say that every few months a different brand would reach out to find out if Alex and Michael could bring MVF back. After enough interest, they decided to quit their jobs and work on it full time. SocialRank launched at the end of February 2014 and already has a few thousand brands using it.

Featured London Company: Grabble


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Grabble is an exciting new social fashion startup that allows its members to save all their favourite fashion finds on the web in one handy place using the Grab button. It’s specifically designed to work on fashion e-commerce sites, with one click automatically saving all the important information about the item. Your Grabble profile becomes your personalised collection of treats you’re saving for later. Better yet, if it goes on sale, you get an email alert to buy it straight from the retailer’s site!

iOS and Android apps are set to release in June with a “Tinder for Fashion” concept so be prepared for the addictiveness of Grabbing to shake up fashion industry!

Featured Passenger in New York: Chris Korhonen


Security Check: Chris Korhonen is the CTO of Minibar Delivery, a wine and liquor delivery service in NYC. He’s a Brit originally from “up Norf”, but spent about 5 years living on the South coast in Brighton, meaning loads of trips to London. He’s worked for huge companies and small startups, and been in NYC for almost 7 years and loving it!

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What’s your historical London and New York connection?

I first started traveling to NYC with work in 2006. I was a software engineer at American Express, based in Brighton, so spent a lot of time on the phone with Americans! I loved it, it was such a vibrant city with so much diversity. I think after the first day I knew that I wanted to live here. In 2008, I managed to engineer a relocation via work and haven’t looked back.

Describe your experience in New York as a Londoner.

It was a relatively easy transition, the biggest problem has been the accent and occasionally being mistaken for a “post Australian”! Oh, and I do miss the wonderful British cuisine, I have no idea why Sunday roasts haven’t caught on over here.

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How can New York and London better engage with each other?

I’d like to see more cross over events in the tech community. There is so much that we can learn from each other as we build and scale our respective businesses.

Favorite NYC secret spot: Angel’s Share, a speakeasy hidden in the back of a Japanese restaurant with phenomenal cocktails.

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Favorite London secret spot: Not secret, The Chandos in Trafalgar Square, the embodiment of a traditional British pub.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I think I’m living there!

In flight entertainment:


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New York:

Design Taco Popup: Design Taco is an idea accelerator and innovation lab that’s disguised as an incredibly delicious taco shop. It’s a mash-up of innovative education, collaborative working, and a taco eatery. Speakers include the President of OXO, the head of strategy at Refinery29, and many more. The week of May 12th-18th, 37 E. 1st street, get more details here!

Internet Week NY: Join folks from across the tech industry to celebrate their impact on business and culture here in NYC. Mayor Bill DeBlasio will be keynoting, and speakers include the co-founder of VICE, the founder of Lerer Ventures, the head of Yahoo! America, the co-founder of Upworthy, the founder of IndieGoGo, and drumroll please…the actor and investor Omar Epps! May 19th-25th, Metropolitan Pavilion. Find out more and get your pass here!

Sandbox Network Applications are open in NYC! Under 30 and working to solve big global challenges, but still looking for a community that gets you and knows how to authentically connect and collaborate? Look no further than Sandbox. Applications are open until June 15th in NYC. Find out more here and ping Erica at bergerworks@gmail.com if you are interested!

London:

Makers Academy Open Day: Have you thought about learning to code, and want to discover where 12 weeks of coding could take you? Here’s an opportunity to chat to teachers and students from Makers Academy to see if this program is right for you. Friday 9th May, 17:00-20:00 at Epworth HouseFind all the details here.

Silicon Milkoundabout: London’s biggest tech job fair is back for the 7th time. Considering a career change? Meet software engineers, product experts, designers and tech marketers from over 150 startups. Saturday 10th-Sunday 11th May, 12:00-17:00 at The Old Truman Brewery. Sign up to attend here.

General Assembly - Fireside Chat with Alex Asseily: Join our very own Courtney Boyd Myers as she interviews Alex Asseily, the founder of Jawbone and State, a new global opinion network. It’ll be followed by a Q&A so if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or tech enthusiast, get involved. There will be free snacks and beer! Wednesday 14th May, 19:00-21:00 at Rainmaking Loft. Grab a free ticket here.

Flight 032 has landed. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed the thirty second installment of 3460 Miles. 

For more fun, follow us on Twitter and Tumblr, and join our Facebook group. And please send us your feedback so that we can curate the best content to digitally connect London and NYC!

Cheers,
Your curators - @CBM (London) & @GoodBerger (NYC)

Decoded Fashion Hackathon: We’ve Got Tickets For You!

Hello!

Welcome to 3460 Miles, the exact distance between London and New York City as the proverbial crow flies. 3460 Miles is an editorially-driven community aiming to digitally and physically connect creative and passionate individuals who live, work and travel between NYC and London.

We are taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to bring you a dedicated message from our friends at Decoded Fashion

Check out the details below or book your ticket here!

Decoded Fashion Hackathon, London

The Decoded Fashion Hackathon the world’s premiere hackathon aimed at retail, Ecommerce, Mcommerce and fashion. On May 10th and 11th, 2014 top-tier developers, designers and marketers will gather to revolutionise this hitherto digitally dormant industry. In addition, the event will host speakers and mentors from Wired, AllSaints, Vogue, British Fashion Council, Facebook and more. A not-to-be missed opportunity! 

 

More tickets have just been released!

This event sold-out quite quickly, but we’ve been able to snag a handful of tickets for members of 3460 Miles! Reserve your spot now before tickets sell out again!

The Prizes

The mission of Decoded Fashion is to make tech dreams a reality. That is why they’ve put together a series of prizes that will support the winning teams in their quest for success. This means connecting you with the right mentors, brands and flying you out to San Francisco! Here’s an overview of the winning packages:

  • 1st Place Prize: A trip to San Francisco to meet with tech and retail industry players. 
  • Top 3 Teams: An exclusive breakfast with the CEO of AllSaints AND an offer to work directly with AllSaints to implement their ideas on the AllSaints website and on a network of 100+ AllSaints global stores. 

The Mentors

The utmost priority is to get you access to mentors you won’t find anywhere else. Here’s who’s on board!



   
Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity! Grab your tickets now, before they sell out again.

And there’s more…

The top 5 Hacks will all get to pitch their ideas at the Decoded Fashion Summit London, where a top panel of judges including William Kim CEO, AllSaints, Caroline Rush Chief Executive, British Fashion Council and Dolly Jones, Executive Editor Condé Nast Digital.

The Decoded Fashion Summit celebrates the brightest minds in technology and the most innovative ideas in the digital space with a full day of feature talks, panels, mentorship sessions and a mini-expo.

Book your space here.

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For more fun, follow us on Twitter and Tumblr and join our Facebook group. And please send us your feedback so that we can curate the best content to digitally connect London and NYC!

Cheers,

Your curators - @CBM (London) & @GoodBerger (NYC)