Flight 039 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: AIDS Service Center NYC


Founded 23 years ago to address community needs and provide support and services to those immediately affected by the AIDS Crisis of the 1980’s and ‘90’s, ASCNYC was born out of an urgent need. Medical advances mean living with HIV/AIDS is no longer an immediate death sentence, but homelessness, depression, joblessness and substance abuse issues still plague the community of positive individual. Meanwhile, more than 181,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS in New York and one in five - close to 36,000 people - are HIV+ and don’t even know it.



Focused on helping individuals make lasting positive changes in their lives, the organization provides life-changing services to 14,000 New Yorkers each year with a year with a staff of 100 – close to 30% of who first came to ASCNYC as clients and now work on all levels of the organization.

The organization serves New Yorkers in need – those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS and related chronic conditions like Hepatitis C, tuberculosis, mental health challenges and substance abuse. Programs focused on helping individuals build lasting, positive change through support and customized services that help people get off welfare and disability, clean from addictions, housed, healthy and back in charge of their dignity and destiny.

Featured London Company: CampusBoard.io


CampusBoard.io is a visual discovery tool specifically designed for London’s tech scene, where you can find the hottest jobs, events and products. The idea is to fill the gap in tech to better connect people and opportunities.



The team has developed a technology that predicts the best opportunities based on your preferences. This allows people to connect with jobs, events and people in an easy way and for companies and event organizers to deliver their message to the right audience, automatically.

Make sure you’re signed up so you don’t miss the latest & hottest opportunities in London tech!

Featured Passenger in London: Jessica Dante


Security Check: Jessica Dante is a full-time social media specialist and blogger. She’s also the Editor-in-Chief of The Abroad Guide, a blog that helps students make the most of their study abroad experience. You can read about her life across the pond on her personal blog, Love and London.



What’s your historical London and New York connection? 

I’m a born-and-bred New Yorker, but fell in love with a Brit, and am now living in London.

Describe your experience in London as a New Yorker.

My life as an expat is fun and exciting at times, and yet completely normal and calm. I love living in London because while it’s very similar to New York (a plus, because NYC is my favorite place in the entire world) it’s quite different as well, and I love learning all about it.



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

Coming from someone who lived in Florence, Italy for a year (which is more difficult to access from New York than you’d imagine), relatively speaking, I feel as if they communicate with each other nicely! So many flight options :)

Favorite NYC secret spot: I can’t tell you that! :) Just kidding. Artichoke Pizza. Go, go, go. That’s all you need to know.

Favorite London secret spot: I’m not sure how secret it is, but my husband and I have an addiction to Wahaca. The food is fantastic — Mexican street food! Just delish.



If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Somewhere on the beach where the only transportation I’d need is my bike.

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:

Disorient happy hour/Burning Man camp fundraiser: Join some of our favorite friends, the Disorient campers, for their happy hour to support their camp infrastructure and arts fund, and of course, to hang with great people and dance!Thursday August 14th, 6:30-9pm, Hotel Chantelle. Get your ticket here.

The Phat Startup: How to start and monetize your podcast. Come learn from The Combat Jack show guys on how to get into the fun and the business of podcasting.Friday, August 13th, 6:30-9:30pm, AlleyNYC. Get your ticket here.

WeWork Summer Camp: Arguably one of the best get-aways and networking events for the tech set during the summer in NYC, WeWork has really brought it this year. With acts including Girl Talk and St. Lucia, talks from New York Tech Meetup’s Jessica Lawrence, and water sports and adult summer camp activities galore, we’d definitely be going if we weren’t going to be at Burning Man! August 22nd weekendregister here.

London:

Dine Mile High - Destination Andalucia: Inspired by the golden age of air travel, when leg room meant doing the twist and turbulence was a by-product of the bar steward’s cocktail shaker, Mile High takes the best bits of a weekend away - the food, the drink and the unexpected - and serves them up in style from a pop-up, secret London venue. 14th-16th August, 18:30-0:00Purchase a ticket here.

Virgin StartUp: Turn your business idea into a fully-fledged start-up:Want to know exactly what it takes to create a business? Join Virgin StartUp, a non-profit for entrepreneurs, trained to support you in making your business idea a reality. They’ll take you through the key stages of business and financial planning so you’ll have an action plan that will help take your idea and turn it into a successful and sustainable reality. Register here for their next event!

Tech City Tours: New to Tech City? You’ll have loads of questions, so take a morning out of your busy schedule to join the free Tech City tour and get to know your new home! Even better, all ticket proceeds are donated to a local Hackney charity helping kids with literacy & confidence. The next tour is Friday, 26th August, 9:00am-12:00pm starting at The BakeryDetails & tickets here.Flight 039 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 038 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: Wearable Experiments


Wearable Experiments [We:eX] is a socially driven wearable technology company. Their mission is to bring together fashion and technology with a functional design aesthetic, and use creative problem solving to help us live well and have a better quality of life.[We:eX] designs and builds hardware, software and the apparel for wearable technology products. Currently [We:eX] is rapidly developing wearable technology that is INVISIBLE, waterproof, durable and above all DESIGN FOCUSED!



[We:eX] believes the way forward for their industries is creative collaboration. They recently released their latest NAVIGATE jacket campaign and are in the process of doing New York specific software that is curated by NYC influencers. NAVIGATE is a jacket for map free travel so the consumers get their eyes away from the screen and back into the physical world. Technology has become a distraction; their products are about bringing people back to the human connection.
 

Featured London Company: Future Ad Labs


Think banner and pre-roll video ads are annoying? Thankfully Future Ad Labs is coming to the rescue! The award-winning ad tech company leverages the power of physical and emotional interactions to develop and distribute high-impact advertising formats designed for a mobile generation.
Awesome collaborations with global brands like Heinz, Nestle, Renault, Sky, Unilever and BBC have bucked the trend of boring: Future Ad Labs is replacing frustrating online user experiences (think pre-roll video, CAPTCHAS or paywalls) with fun engagements that brands can be at the centre of.

Earlier this month they decided to raise £300k via UK-based crowdfunding site Seedrs, and reached their goal with 36 hours! They are now about to hit a crowdbusting £450k - see what the buzz is about on their crowdfunding campaign page.

Featured Passenger: Jay Alson


Security Check: Jay Alson is Head of Partnerships at an e-commerce company. He’s a social person but was nervous about moving across the Atlantic only knowing a few people. It took a few months to make good friends in London but now that he’s made them, he can’t imagine life without them!



What’s your historical London and New York connection? 

I was born and raised in NYC and Westchester and in late 2012, work asked me to move to London to manage a team and grow the business internationally. For a lot of reasons, it felt like the right move and I didn’t want to turn it down. Looking back, it has been a great experience.

Describe your experience in London as a New Yorker.

I would describe myself as an assimilated New Yorker living in London. Over the past 15 months, I’ve met over 100 people all through friends, and some of those I’ve become extremely close with. I’ve seen 10+ new countries and 25+ new cities. I’m living in no regret mode while I’m here in London and I love it.



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

Moving to London, or anywhere really, is so much easier now than it was 30 years ago. iMessage, Instagram, and Facebook make it so easy to stay in touch with friends and family from all over the world. That said, London and New York still maintain their unique identities. Things like 3460 Miles, business opportunities and shareable traditions can all help NY and London engage one another more. After getting to know these two cities, I’ve found them to be very similar, much more so than I originally thought.

Favorite NYC secret spotLa Esquina - best place in NYC. It’s a secret Mexican street stand with a cool, cavernous lair downstairs that you get to by walking through the kitchen. Highly recommended.

Favorite London secret spot: Denis Severs House - live re-enactment of a house from the 1700s where the people “living” in the house are always a room ahead of you. Incredible way to see old school London.



If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? New York City with travel to London, Los Angeles and Tokyo. Biggest, best cities in the world with incredible people and culture. 

In flight entertainment:

  • What’s playing in your headphones right now? Flights from NYC to London: Evening flight, one 1.5 hour movie during the meal then sleep. Flights from London to NYC: 2 movies, small nap, then reading and the David Guettasoundtrack for the remainder.
  • And what are you currently reading? George Orwell’s Animal Farm. He lived on my street in London.

*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: 

Inside Startups Club with charity:water and TeamPossible: Inside Startups events feature startup leaders who share their stories, challenges, and tips for anyone in (or interested in) the startup scene. This event will feature Kunal Mehta of charity:water, and Michael Miller of TeamPossible. Brief presentations will be followed by Q&A plus drinks and networking. Thursday July 31st. Sign up here!

The Great Tech Awards: The second annual GREAT Tech Awards is a competition to encourage high-growth technology companies in NY, NJ, PA, or CT to select the UK as destination of choice for international growth, presented by UK Trade & Investment and the British Consulate General New York. Applications are due August 1stapply here!

WeWork Summer Camp: Arguably one of the best get-aways and networking events for the tech set during the summer in NYC, WeWork has really brought it this year. With acts including Girl Talk and St. Lucia, talks from New York Tech Meetup’s Jessica Lawrence, and water sports and adult summer camp activities galore, we’d definitely be going if we weren’t going to be at Burning Man! August 22nd weekend,register here.

London:

The 25 Killer Tech Tools For Digital Nomads and Solopreneurs: Are you a natural lifehacker who is always looking for automated, scalable, simple solutions to enhance your life and business? Come see Andrew Hart, founder ofFounderMagazine.co.uk, speak about this fascinating subject. Tuesday, 29th July, 18:30-21:30 at Rainmaking Loft. Grab a ticket here.

DAYBREAKER London: With a goal to start your day like never before, you can expect good vibes, epic beats, healthy beverages, and other fun surprises, all with an amazing community of spirited people shaking it with you on the dance floor. You don’t want to miss this! Wednesday, 30th July, 7:00-9:00am at Hoxton Pony. Details & tickets found here.

Makers Academy Open Day: Want to discover where 12 weeks of coding can take you? Come to this open day to see the Makers Academy graduate demo projects and find out if the course is a right fit for you. Friday, 1st August, 17:30 at Epworth HouseLearn more here.Flight 038 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)

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. Another advantage of going with VA is that you also get status on Delta, which while it’s not great for LHR>JFK, is pretty decent for domestic US flights, especially if your status gets you an upgrade to first class.

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)

*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:

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)