Flight 031 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: Gender Proud




Gender Proud is an advocacy and awareness campaign, founded by Geena Rocero that aims to elevate transgender visibility. In 2005, Geena was traveling through the Tokyo Airport on her old passport, and was detained, extensively interrogated and searched. The experience left her feeling embarrassed and exposed — but inspired. After having her own reassignment surgery, she spent the next 12 years building a successful career as a fashion model. 

In March 2014, Geena made the decision to ‘come out’ as trans at TED. Since then, the organization has worked to create a world where all transgender individuals are able to self-identify with the fewest possible barriers, by focusing on gender marker policy.

Since ‘coming out’, she’s focused on bringing her platform — and the spotlight of attention - to countries at a ‘tipping point’ in their legislation on gender marker so that nobody else has to experience the injustice that she did in Japan years ago.
 

Featured London Company: what3words




What3words is a London startup leading the world’s “addressing revolution”. Their w3w geocoder is effectively a coordinate system that uses words rather than numbers – the important benefit being that it works well with voice as well as print and email, making it much more universal than postal address and GPS coordinate alternatives!

Every single 3 by 3 meter square of the planet has been given a name consisting of three words from the dictionary. Why not try it for your own location?

Featured Passenger in New York: Andrea Dibben


Security Check: Andrea Dibben refers to herself as “Jack of All Trades” at Decisive, a real-time bidding mobile traffic source dealing with a whole lot of data. Her focus is marketing, but since they’re a small team, she gets her hands on many parts of the company, which she loves!



What’s your historical London and New York connection?

My parents met in London long ago when my mom was traveling around Europe playing guitar in a folk band and met my dad in a wine bar in London. For a while they wrote letters across the Atlantic and were married in secret before my dad took a flight back to London and my mom stayed in the US. They’ve been happily married now for 34 years.



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

In my co-working space right now we are about 30% Brit in NYC. I think we are doing very well!

Favorite NYC secret spot: I love the public libraries! The Mulberry St. and Jefferson Market Library are beautiful and great for a 3rd space during the winter in NYC.



Favorite London secret spot: Chelsea Library. I took a friend back to where I worked on Kings Road and we stopped into the Library and became witnesses for a wedding going on next door!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Ooo. So many choices. I think I would like South America for a while. I need to practice my Spanish.

In flight entertainment:


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New York:

TRIBECA INNOVATION WEEK: Join TRIBECA for their first ever Innovation Week, where gamers, coders, designers, hackers, screenwriters, futurists, directors, financiers, and all storytellers are welcome. The event is this week, April 21st-April 26th. As their media partner, we’ve got a special discount code. At checkout, plug in MILEAGETFF14 to receive 20% off!

NY Tech Day: Billed as “the world’s largest startup event,” this day long conference and job fair is not for the slight of heart. With hundreds of companies exhibiting, and investors and media present, it’s overwhelming, but worth your time if you’re looking for a job, checking out the NYC tech atmosphere, or even searching for you next story. And added bonus—it’s free to attend! Thursday April 24th, 9 am-5:30 pm, Pier 92. Sign up here.

Work Mindfulness: Join NY Entrepreneurs Business Network for a morning event talking mindfulness, engagement, happiness, and neuroscience. Looking to build relationships with customers and employees or outside of work in your personal life? This morning event looks to be an exciting mix of content and community. Thursday May 1st, 8 am-12:30 pm, NYU Midtown. Get more information and your ticket here.

London:

Beards in Wonderland: The 3beards are at it again, this time with a whimsical Alice in Wonderland theme for their 11th Digital Sizzle. Grab your favourite tea party fancy dress and head on over in style. Saturday 17th May, 20:00 until late at Second Home. Get £5 off a Mad Hatter or Kigu ticket with code ‘20x173’!

WIRED Health 2014: This new event focuses on innovation in health, designed to introduce, explain and predict the coming trends facing the medical and personal healthcare industries. Tuesday 29th April, 9:00-16:00 at the Royal College of General Practitioners. Find all the details here.

Silicon Spires Meets Silicon Roundabout: Join City University London and Isis Software Incubator, University of Oxford as they present their business ideas to the London Tech City community. Drinks and networking will follow. Tuesday 29th April, 17:30-20:00 at The Hangout. Get your VIP ticket here.
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joingroupersocialclub:

What started in New York City, and spread across the U.S. has finally crossed the pond: Grouper Social Club is now live in London.

Why London for our first European outpost? Because of you! The young, hungry and time crunched. The famous nightlife, the London eye, the clean streets of Mayfair…

joingroupersocialclub:

It’s no secret that Grouper loves cocktails. In honour of our Drink Like Drake-themed launch party in London this week, we journeyed around the world to excavate the origins of your favourite classic cocktails, and found out the best London spots to sample each one. Cheers, proost, la chaim, na…

Flight 030 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: Made in NY Media Center

The Made in NY Media Center by IFP is where storytellers from multiple disciplines, industries and platforms create, collaborate, connect and incubate across a spectrum of programs, events and experiences. The Center brings together innovators in film, video, gaming, technology, and more through education, mentorship, entrepreneurship, and content creation.
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The 20,000-square-foot facility is located in DUMBO, Brooklyn, and features coworking spaces, a talent incubator, 72-seat screening room, art gallery, and café, in addition to dedicated spaces for classes, conferences, meetings, and tenancy. Through a combination of membership-driven and public-access programming, the center champions the future of storytelling in the digital age through a unique focus on cross-platform and cross-discipline media innovation.  

Featured London Company: IncuBusLDN

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IncuBusLDN is just what it sounds like — a startup incubator on a bus! The 3-month programme is designed to help develop young entrepreneurs and the next high growth startups in London by combining 3 month startup work experience with a 3 month incubator intensive. The incubator programme covers business and product/service tracks while focusing on the development of individuals. IncuBusLDN is run from a renovated bus that helps reduce costs and gives the team flexibility and a bit of fun.

Only in London would you grow your business from a bus! Apply here to get on board. 

Featured Passenger in New York: Warren Bennett

Security Check: Warren Bennett is the co-founder of A Suit That Fits. He’s a Brit living in the USA, learning to love the burger and teaching America a thing or two about great fitting suits.
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What’s your historical London and New York connection?

I studied in Boston 10 years ago and came on frequent trips to New York City. Exploring diverse areas such as Central Park and Chinatown, I knew back then that one day I’d live here.

Describe your experience in New York as a Londoner.

As a Londoner in New York, the energy of the city is infectious. NYC is always on and open for business. A great place if you have something to trade, because all New Yorkers love to do a deal.
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How can New York and London better engage with each other?

There is probably a case for better engagement somewhere but my personal feeling is the two cities are so totally different that this newsletter is the closest they are going to get short of making flights much cheaper! When you get here you can’t help but be taken up with the tide of current events, there is a huge richness of New York culture that overtakes you. As a consequence, and rightly or wrongly, I think many New Yorkers don’t really feel the need to engage with anything but New York.

Favorite NYC secret spot: Earl’s Beer and Cheese. Tiny, tucked away on 97th and Park Avenue, and does exactly what it says in so many delicious combinations.
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Favorite London secret spot: Southwark Park, a great place in the summer and rarely crowded.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? By living between London and New York, I’ve got the best of both worlds. London, because my friends and family are there, and New York for the sheer excitement. In the future, I’d love to live in Berkeley, California; and following that, the South of France. I love places where the sun shines, it doesn’t rain too much, and I won’t freeze in the winter!

In flight entertainment:


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New York:

Fast Company’s Innovation Uncensored: This day long event will feature one of our favorite publications’ editors interviewing the best of the best, including Chelsea Clinton, Chad Dickerson of Etsy, Sophia Amoruso of Nasty Gal, Troy Carter, Charles Best of Donors Choose, and more! Thursday April 10th, 8am-6pm. Grab your ticket here.

Digital Media and Entertainment Investing Conference: With panels on early stage investing, growing your company, and using crowdfunding, and with guest investors from some of the top firms in NYC, this looks to be a really valuable event. Thursday, April 10th, 8am-5:30 pm. Get your ticket here!

Grand Central Tech Launches: A new incubator and space for tech companies to grow is in town. Check out Grand Central Tech, where you can get a year’s free office space, advice, mentorship, and much much more. Applications are now open, for the first year’s class starting in June 2014. Find out more and apply here!

London:

Girls in Tech London - A Q&A With State: Learn how to build an online audience of millions from the ground up with Marcia Parker from State*, a global opinion network with the goal of revolutionising the way people communicate. Drinks & pizza will be served, and men are encouraged to join! Wednesday 9th April; 19:00 - 21:00 at Kweekweek HQ; Grab a free ticket here.

GA Presents - How To Land A Job At A Start-up: Tech Startups can seem like a very attractive place to work, but breaking into one can sometimes feel like learning a new language. In this free class we’ll introduce interested students to what it takes to launch a career in a startup. Wednesday, 16th April; 19:00-21:00 at Rainmaking Loft. More details here.

CoFoundersLab Matchup London: Get your networking started at this meetup, aimed at helping entrepreneurs find co-founders, advisors, and even interns. Thursday, 10th April 18:30-21:00 at Google Campus. Find more info here.

*State.com is a member of audience.io, founded by CBM.* Flight 030 has landed. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed the THIRTIETH 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)

Flight 029 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: Museum Hack



Museum Hack was founded in New York City by our radical friend Nick Gray to provide small, private, renegade tours of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Now offering tours at the American Museum of Natural History, Museum Hack’s theatrical, storytelling guides help create “un-highlights” tours that focus on the offbeat, overlooked works and the unexpected stories behind them.

Museum Hack strives to avoid “Museum Fatigue” by engaging guests with a “tasting menu” of all the museum has to offer. The ultimate goal of Museum Hack is to have the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History feel like that really cool person you met at a party and can’t wait to meet again.
 

Featured London Company: CreateHealth.io


CreateHealth.io has just launched its digital crowdsourcing platform and social network where healthcare consumers rally to create and share solutions. The startup’s tools allow healthcare providers to test and validate healthcare services through customer engagement.

CreateHealth’s first sponsored project saw AbbVie (a global pharmaceutical company) run an open and branded digital forum where patients discussed quality of life living with Parkinson’s disease. This was the first time a pharmaceutical company had used social to create an open, branded micro community of patient experts.

Featured Passenger in London: Stacy Chan


Security Check: After working for 10 years in investment banking, private equity and a hedge fund, Stacy Chan left the world of finance to start her own company designing luxury clutch bags, Stacy Chan Limited. When she’s not travelling to NYC, Paris and Italy for work, she loves to travel for pleasure, including everything from city breaks around Europe to trekking in the Himalayas.



What’s your historical London and New York connection? 

I am originally from New York and lived/worked in NYC as an investment banker for a few years. I worked hard and played harder in the city that never sleeps before deciding on a new adventure in London. After several more years in finance (and a brief stint living in Geneva), I decided to pursue a career in the London fashion scene.

Describe your experience in London as a New Yorker.

I still have friends and family in NYC so I get back several times a year where I get to see the ever-changing city. With some friends, we always return to our old haunts for brunch, but usually the foodie in me can’t resist heading to a new restaurant for dinner.

As a New Yorker in London, I am lucky to have friends from many different countries and backgrounds. Many are from my past life in finance, but I am developing a network of more creative, entrepreneurial people as well. I spend most of my time in Mayfair or Soho trying to keep up with the restaurant and bar scene, which has been upping the ante the past few years. London is definitely giving New York a run for its money!

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

It’s hard to keep up with all the great restaurants and bars in both cities. I think a shared community for those of us who travel back and forth regularly would be really useful to get the best tips. [Have you seen our Foursquare lists for New Yorkand London?]

Favorite NYC secret spot: Maybe it’s not a secret given the signed celeb photos on the wall, but for the perfect, quick, cheap mani/pedi, go to Bloomie Nails on 55th between 5th & 6th Aves. I used to go every week when I worked in NYC and it’s always my first stop when I get to town. Every time I go, the manicurists wonder why I don’t come by as often and never seem to remember that I live in another country!

Favorite London secret spot: What’s better than delicious, creative cocktails? Delicious, creative cocktails and live jazz. Nightjar is a great place for imaginative drinks and also great music in Shoreditch near the Old Street tube. Make sure to book a table at least a week in advance since there is no standing room and the “Music Bookings” are very popular. Request a table with a view of small the stage.



For something more spontaneous and central, head to the famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho for the Late Late Show. The main acts are always very good, but talking is frowned upon as everyone is listening to the music, while the Late Late Show is much more casual - great music and great conversation. You’re welcome. :)

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I used to say, New York City is the best city in the world, but you need the energy to enjoy it! After having lived in London for 7 years, it’s become a toss up. There’s a great mix of international people, food and culture. Not to mention all the green space for my energetic labrador!



In flight entertainment: 

What’s playing in your headphones right now? Can’t get Happy by Pharrell Williams out of my head. I dare you to listen to the song and not have a little spring in your step.

And what are you currently reading? Just finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynnand looking forward to seeing the movie later this year.

*Want to be featured in the next 3460 Miles? Fill out our interview!*

New York:

FWD.us hosts a conversation on tech and the Future of the American Dream: Join the FWD.us team with some amazing guests including Andrew McAfee (entrepreneur and investor), and Van Jones (environmental leader and politician) to talk about keeping the US and its citizens competitive in a global economy. This is the inaugural event in an ongoing series, ThinkFWD. Wednesday March 26th, 6:30-9 pm, AOL HQ. Buy your ticket here! 

StartupGrind with David Teten of ff Venture Capital: Join Startup Grind for their monthly fireside chats, this month with David Teten, serial entrepreneur, author, and angel investor. Tuesday March 25th, 6-9 pm, AOL. Buy your ticket here.

Inspiring Social Change Through Games: This workshop, hosted by Decode Global, a game design and development shop, looks to be high value for anyone interested in using gaming techniques and development to catalyze change. Thursday March 27th, 9 am-5 pm, at Microsoft NYC. Sign up for your ticket here.

London:

Effective strategies for managing young employees: Spark+Mettle is an aspirations agency that helps people flourish in their careers. Join them at this highly interactive workshop as they teach the tips, tricks, and approaches to managing young employees with little to no prior work experience. Monday, 7th April; 15:00 - 18:00 at Wayra UK. Get £25 off with code ‘3460coaching’.

Extreme Success Stories - Entrepreneur of the Year & Founder of MOO:Join Richard Moross in a fireside chat as he tells about his passion for creating consumer products and revolutionising a 500 year old industry. Tuesday, 25th March; 18:00 - 21:00 at Cass Business School. Find a ticket here.

Win VIP Tickets to Grouper’s Launch Party: Grouper* is one of our featured NyLon companies, a New York social club startup that has recently crossed the pond to London. Come celebrate the team’s official launch with a surprising and fun filled evening planned by the event magicians at Bompass + Parr. Wednesday 9th April; 7pm - 12AM; Win a VIP Ticket here!

*Grouper is a member of audience.io, a sister company of 3460 Miles.*

Flight 029 has landed. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed the twenty ninth 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)

joingroupersocialclub:

You’ve made it through hump day. You’re yearning for a lovely evening with a few drinks and your closest mates. The question is, where can you go that’ll dish up that perfect, not-too-over-the-top night out (so you’re not crawling into work the next morning)?

Whether it’s for a view that will…

Flight 028 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 NYC Company: MadeClose


More than just an online directory of local brands, MadeClose is a celebration of socially responsible companies. A searchable marketplace where customers can find inspired items for the home, the body and the soul. A dynamic community that shares the stories of American producers who are striving to make a difference.


MadeClose’s goal is to bring attention to deserving, independent companies that are focused on responsible sourcing and labor practices, sustainable production, and made-to-last craftsmanship. That includes taking care of their employees as much as their customers. 

And, in the spirit of full disclosure, the MadeClose team is HQ’d next to our co-curator Erica’s home in Brooklyn!

Featured London Company: Spacious


Looking for an office? Spacious has scoured London to find the best office spaces in the entire metropolis for startups. 


A tech startup itself, Spacious only lists office spaces that the team would be happy to call home. That means all the properties have high-speed broadband and awesome facilities, plus they use Foursquare to show you the best coffee shops and restaurants in the area. Amazing office spaces available right now include desks at the incredibly cool Mixcloud office, the famous White Bear Yard co-working space in Clerkenwell, plus kick-ass standalone offices too.

If you’re already in London looking for office space, check out Spacious now. If you’re in New York looking to expand into London or camp out there for a while, these guys will help you find the best places to work from. Plus, if you have some spare desks then Spacious makes it really easy to upload your space, in under 30 seconds! You can not only start making some extra cash but also benefit from awesome people contributing to your environment.

Featured Passenger in New York: Michael Berwin


Security Check: Michael Berwin is an Account Manager at Fueled, an award winning mobile design and development company. He’s currently in the middle of a three month self improvement experiment with his cousin, called The Accountable Reboot. Shameless plug here.



What’s your historical London and New York connection? 

My first encounter with New York was whilst on a school art trip many years ago (certainly not your average art trip!). We saw some art but this was also an opportunity at a relatively young age to explore a new and exciting city outside the confines of a fairly suburban life in North London.

I left in awe of the Big Apple and hoping one day I might be able to take a bigger bite. Some years passed and I returned with friends over Christmas/New Year 2012/13. This time it was different. I had the freedom of being an adult and also had friends here who could show me around so I didn’t feel like a tourist.

Upon my return to London, it was clear to me that New York was never far from my mind so I started making plans to move over. Owing to the fact my grandfather was an American and my mother has dual nationality, I applied for an American passport on the off chance I was still eligible. A couple of weeks after visiting the embassy in London, a shiny new US passport was in my hands. Not long after, I jumped on a plane (apx. 3460 miles) and now I’m a New Yorker! It’s amazing how things can change so quickly.

Describe your experience in New York as a Londoner.

Having lived in London my whole life, I’ve been fortunate to have had a pretty cosmopolitan upbringing. Saying that, living and working in New York has been a huge eyeopener and feels like a step up in the right direction. As a ‘Brit’ in New York, the accent thing is a massive draw. There seems to be this exotic quality to the Brit-accent and it certainly comes in handy; they seem to trust you and assume you have a higher IQ, which can’t be a bad thing right? I sometimes have to tell them that I’m not Australian though, it’s a problem.



Since living here, I’ve been amazed to see how quickly things can happen. From meeting new people, to finding and starting a new job, to living with a friend you made two weeks prior, if you put the effort in, you can make things happen very quickly. You go places you never thought you would, you meet people from all walks of life and everyone has a story as to how they got here. You have to get out of your comfort zone on a daily basis otherwise why are you here!? New York seems to have an imposing energy to it that you don’t find in London. Perhaps that feeling goes after time but for now, it’s keeping me excited and motivated and I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else.

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

I think the mayors of both New York and London, Bill and Boris, should have a chat over a few picklebacks and maybe a pork pie. It would be interesting to see what they come up with.

Favorite NYC secret spot: Seriously, there are too many to mention. Shameless plug for my good friend Jamie Felber who is also a fellow half Brit, half American. He co-owns and runs Boulton & Watt on the corner of Avenue A and 1st Street. Go there for a pickleback (google it), fantastic seasonal food, great surroundings and a game of Cards Against Humanity. My go-to date spot has to be The Raines Law Room, a very intimate and unique cocktail bar between 5th and 6th Avenue in the Flatiron District. Go there for killer cocktails and a chilled vibe with special someone. Oh, and you have to check out the wallpaper in the toilets, it’s a little bit naughty.



Favorite London secret spot: Being a big foodie and having traveled far and wide, I’m a sucker for some authentic Thai food. There’s a family run Thai place in both Soho and Spitalfields called Rosas with seriously yummy grub that’s not at all that expensive. For new drinking/dining spots in London and NYC, I use the Bar Chick website/app. Really great reviews and will help you find somewhere nearby if you’re at a loose end or want to impress a new date.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? For now, NYC is where it’s at for me. The sheer volume of experiences waiting to be tapped is enough to keep my feet planted here for the time being. In a few years, who knows. Perhaps the warmer climates of the West Coast will call to me. Equally, having lived in Australia for a year, Sydney could be an option. The combination of sun, sea and people make it an enviable place to live. I miss wearing thongs. If I could split my year into thirds between NYC, London and Sydney, I would be a very happy man not least for living in three great cities but I’d also rack up some serious air miles in the process!



In flight entertainment: 

What’s playing in your headphones right now? This song is a favorite as I walk out of my apartment on my way into work each morning. It really gets me pumped for the day ahead.

And what are you currently reading? Brit-think, Ameri-think, a transatlantic survival guide." An amusing insight into the nuances between the two English speaking cultures. Quite an apt read considering my newfound dual internationality.

New York:

Bootstrapping your first year: In this hands on class with Shana Dressler, Founder at Social Innovators Collective and Director at Maker’s Institute, you’ll learn how to create a budget for your company’s operational needs, as well as your personal expenses. You’ll learn to save money, what awesome products are out there, and most importantly, you’ll walk away with a roadmap for success. Thursday, March 13th, 6-8 pm, GA. Buy your ticket here!

Inspiring Social Change Through Games: This workshop, hosted by Decode Global, a game design and development shop, looks to be high value for anyone interested in using gaming techniques and development to catalyze change. Thursday March 27th, 9 am-5 pm, at Microsoft NYC. Sign up for your ticket here.

The next Mileage (media) happy hour: Bring in the spring (here’s to hoping) with your favorite newsletters, 2462(miles)—LA/NYC, 3460 Miles (you!), and2905(miles)—SF/NYC. It’s been a long winter, and what better way to convene, connect and welcome the pending season than meeting up with each other over drinks, to talk about our favorite cities and the projects on which we’re jamming!Monday March 24th, 6-9 pm, Location TBD. RSVP here.

London:

R&D Tax Credits - how you can benefit: Startup founder looking to save extra cash? (Why not?) Accounting firm iHorizon is giving a valuable talk on how founders can use R&D tax credits to extend their runways. Thursday, 13th March; 18:30 - 21:30 at Warner Yard. Get a free ticket here.

Silicon Thursdays: A new weekly event bringing together creative, entrepreneurial and innovative people from across London. There’ll be music, drinks and a whole lot of networking! Kicking off Thursday, 13th March; 18:30 - 22:30 at Kweekweek HQ. Get 50% off with code ‘3460miles’!

FashTech Meetup: For those who are involved & interested in the rapidly growing world of fashion and technology, this is a fantastic opportunity to be inspired, network and get a better understanding of why the fashion tech scene is so successful in London right now. Wednesday, 19th March; 18:00 - 21:00 at Google Campus. Sign up here.

Flight 028 has landed. 

onemorecupcakeplease:

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That was the Google search I did this past Friday when attending my friend’s dance show in Dumbo (the first town at the end of the Brooklyn Bridge). The only place I had ever been was Grimaldi’s which is the world famous pizza place that is the destination for all bridge walkers daily. Since I…

Flight 027 has taken off! With VIP Invites to State.com

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 London Company: State.com [VIP Invites]


Founded by Alexander Asseily (also the Founder of Jawbone) and his brother Mark Asseily (formerly of Skype), State.com* is the simplest way to get your opinions heard. You can state about whatever matters to you. Just choose the topic and pick a few opinionated words. You’ll get counted and instantly see where you stand. When everyone’s opinion counts, a more complete picture emerges. This could make good things happen.  

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"We set out to create a dynamic new network focused on capturing and connecting people’s opinions, irrespective of who they are," says Alex Asseily. "We set out to build a global opinion network where what you THINK matters, not WHO you know."  State is a place where you don’t need hashtags, followers, or fame, but where all you need is an opinion. While State is currently in closed beta, we’ve got your hook up! 
 

Register now with your VIP invite from 3460 Miles!


*State.com is a member of audience.io, a sister company to 3460 Miles

Featured NYC Company: Dogfish Accelerator


DOGFISH ACCELERATOR is a business lab and the first ever seed accelerator program for independent content creators, mainly in film. Dogfish works with teams of producers to develop strong business opportunities around the creation and monetization of original content. With these teams and larger community of mentors and partners, Dogfish is working towards a financially viable entertainment industry founded on best entrepreneurial practices.  

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Dogfish gives seed financing, mentorship, perks and resources, and office space to teams of producers that are looking to develop their business model in preparation for fundraising. Dogfish is also a community of entrepreneurs and filmmakers who love to throw down and stir up conversation. Hosting parties, panels and other events for their community at home in NYC and when on the road at  festivals, click here for more on Dogfish and to find out when their next round of applications opens!  

Featured Passenger in London: Nicole Burrow


Security Check: Nicole Burrow is part of the vision, concepting, and execution of small and large-scale projects at Huge. Outside of work, she’s an avid scuba diver, traveler, food enthusiast, and a fitness fanatic.

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What’s your historical London and New York connection? 

I grew up in Santa Barbara, CA, and spent three years living and working in NYC at Huge. While I absolutely love New York and what the city has to offer, I reached a point where I felt I’d ‘had enough’ and was ready to live somewhere a little more relaxed. In 2012, Huge sent me over to work for a couple months on the Alexander & James website and I fell in love with the city. I decided then that I’d eventually move out here one way or another. I’ve been here for about 10 months now and moving here has been the best decision I’ve ever made.

Describe your experience in London as a New Yorker.

My experience thus far has been incredibly positive. I think by transferring over with Huge, I’ve been able to quickly find my place here, make friends and put down roots. Often when I meet new people here they want to know how NYC compares to London. It’s difficult to answer because the cities are so different but similar at the same time. One thing I miss is the energy you find at night in NYC, and it’s practically impossible to find late night food! London is a much more international city than NYC though and the ability to travel to incredible places quickly and easily is something that I don’t want to give up anytime soon.

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

I think a forum where New Yorkers and Londoners can share their favorite restaurants, parks, mixology bars, museums, design studios, shops, and more, would be an amazing resource and way for people to connect across common interests.

Favorite NYC secret spot: Not sure how secret it is, but Paulie Gee’s pizza in Greenpoint (Brooklyn) - most incredible pizza ever. 

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Favorite London secret spotPaesan, an Italian restaurant in Farringdon – not sure if it’s necessarily secret but it’s one of the best Italian spots you’ll find in London.

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If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? At this point in my life, I wouldn’t choose to live anywhere but in London. Based on my desire to travel right now, the work opportunities here, and all the new restaurants to explore, I couldn’t be happier. Eventually I imagine I’ll move back to California to be closer to my family. 

In flight entertainment:

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New York:

Pre-SXSW Blow Out: Join AlleyNYC as they bring together the top startup communities like Startup Weekend and The Fueled Collective in NYC for an epic SXSW pre-party at the Gansevoort Rooftop Lounge! 8PM - Midnight; Thursday, February 27th; Buy tickets.

Pre-SXSW with 3460 Miles + UKTI! Join us for our pre-SXSW Happy Hour event with UKTI, the business development arm of the British government, who will be at SXSW this year throwing more than one fun event including a UK Demo Day and Great British Breakfast, in the heart of Texas. Details announced at the event. 6:30-8:30PM, Tuesday, March 4th; RSVP on Attending.

Fireside chat with Ben Horowitz of Andreesson Horowitz: Join one of the most dynamic and successful, renowned startup investors and advisors, Ben Horowitz, for the launch of his new book. In The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Horowitz draws on his own story of founding, running, selling, buying, managing, and investing in technology companies to offer essential advice and practical wisdom for navigating the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover.Wednesday, March 5th, 7-8:30 pm, GA East. Buy your ticket here.


London:

Breakfast with Tech City News:Join Alex Wood, editor of Tech City News, as he shares his expertise on how to get the best coverage for your events and company. Get some early morning networking in too! Wednesday, 26th February; 9:00 - 11:00am at The Bakery. Find more info here.

How Cool Brands Stay Hot - Branding to Gen Y Millenials: Author Joeri van den Bergh talks about how Gen Yers are the most marketing & advertising savvy generation ever, with a huge impact on society and business. Find out what drives them and how your company can develop the right branding strategies to reach this critical generation. Monday, 3rd March; 18:30 - 21:30 at W Kollective. Grab a ticket here

Albion Startup Kitchen - Branding: Find out how to give your startup a voice without a huge budget. Learn what’s in a brand strategy, how to evolve your brand, and much more from some bright minds in the business.Monday, 3rd March; 14:00 - 17:00 at BL-NK. Details here.
 Flight 027 has landed. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed the twenty seventh 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)

Flight 026 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 (like our very own happy hour with UKTI + Social Media week fun), and a few very cool jobs.

Enjoy!

Featured NYC Company: CommonBond


CommonBond is committed to fixing the broken student loan market in the U.S.

The Company’s innovative model makes it possible for borrowers to save on their student loans and investors to earn a competitive financial return. CommonBond funds and refinances student loans at a lower cost for borrowers. By allowing people to invest in other people, students and graduates from grad programs can save up to $17,000 while investors earn a financial and social return.


For every degree fully funded on the Company’s U.S. platform, CommonBond funds the education of a student in need, partnering with Pencils of Promise to make this a reality.
 

Added bonus? CommonBond is hiring! 


Want to help build a new and disruptive lending platform and lower the cost of student loans at the same time? CommonBond is looking for people with entrepreneurial instincts, who embrace the start-up lifestyle; fun, flexible, and committed — and want to make a direct impact on a growing company, to join their team.

Open roles listed on their website span marketing, business development, tech, and finance, including a Director of Business Development who will lead the company in building and structuring strategic partnerships that drive increased brand awareness and help the company meet acquisition goals. This role requires superior tenacity, intellect, creative instincts, and people skills. The ideal candidate will have 7+ years of relevant experience at a startup or major company, is a skilled deal generator and has a demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast paced, rapidly changing environment.

Are you that person, or do you know that person? Get in touch by emailing bergerworks@gmail.com and careers@commonbond.co with 3460 Miles Referral to CommonBond in the subject line!

Featured London Company: Attending.io


Made by Makeshift* in London, Attending.io is a simple events platform built for startups who use events as an audience development tool. It’s great for attendees too because it lets you see everyone who’s coming and let’s you follow them on Twitter, right on the event page. 

Last week, Attending.io relaunched with a focus on free events just in time for the biggest collection of free events in the tech calendar - SXSW. 



In order to draw attention to the new event platform, Attending has launched a little competition - every week for the next four weeks running up to SXSW they’re giving one SXSW event host $500 in sponsorship to help with hospitality, catering or whatever you need to make your event more amazing. Read the rules + get your event on Attending!

*Makeshift is a member of audience.io + is affiliated with CBM.

Featured Passenger in London: Daniel Teweles


Security Check: As the CEO of Global NativesDavid Teweles works with global causes, creatives and companies to develop their businesses, tell their stories, and increase public engagement.

What’s your historical London and New York connection? 

I had the pleasure of calling NYC home while working on a media startup there a few years ago, and since leaving, have spent about a week a month there. While I don’t live there, I see many of my NYC friends as much now as when I lived there, if not more!

As for London, I moved here full-time a year and a half ago, after spending a year traveling to London for a week a month. I used to hate London, finding it uninspiring and unconvincing, but as the years passed and I spent more and more time there, I slowly fell in love. It’s not the sexiest city, or the easiest to love, but it’s got it all, and a sense of place relative to the rest of the world that I’m yet to find elsewhere.

London manages to be both distinctly unique and global at the same time. Whereas NYC is all about NYC, and can afford to be given its importance and location. London is on a tiny little island, and to make it here you have to make it abroad too, which imbues many things here with a cosmopolitan sensibility that really resonates with me.

Describe your experience in London as a New Yorker.

Insert cliche here. Living in London as an American is as original as discussing which version of English is the “right” one, and I really don’t mind. I’m even appreciative of it, having previously lived in far more exotic places and thus, having stood out much more. All in all, the natives here are hospitable and kind, though it takes much longer here to make true friends than on the other side of the pond. I have a dog, and he’s a big fan of London given the incredible variety of central green spaces (from the Heath to Regents Park), and no one caring if he’s on a leash.



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

London is the gateway to Europe, and NYC could more proactively take advantage of how easy it is to work with London from NYC. As for the other way around, I think every Londoner is already in love with the idea of NYC, so Hollywood has done its job!

Favorite NYC secret spot: The cardamom coffee at Hampton Chutney Co. in Soho is unbelievable. Seriously. 

Favorite London secret spot: It’s far from secret, but Nopi, Yotam Ottolenghi’s chef restaurant is my go to spot for a proper meal anytime of the day for the amazing food, but also the incredibly elegant interior, and charming staff.



*Want to get all of our London Secret Spots? Follow our 3460 Miles in London list on Foursquare!* 

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Now, I’m living the dream between NYC and London. Later, I could see switching one of these cities out for a more exotic, relaxed, and windswept locale, perhaps in the West Indies.

In flight entertainment: 

What’s playing in your headphones right now? San FerminBonobo, andMacklemore, in equal parts… so I’m either chilling or rocking, but more chilling these days.

And what are you currently reading? "How Much is Enough?" by Robert and Edward Skidelsky and "A History of Future Cities" by Dan Brook

Event Offer: Social Media Week NYC


SMW New York is just around the corner, taking place February 18-21st, 2014. In its 6th year SMW New York brings together some of the world’s most hyper-connected influencers including Robin Chase, founder of Zipcar, Jonah Peretti, CEO of Buzzfeed, Cindy Gallop, Make Love Not Porn and John Borthwick, CEO of Betaworks.

This year’s theme, The Future of Now, aims to help us navigate and make sense of our always on, always connected world. As an official partner we are delighted to to offer YOU, our dear readers, with 20 complimentary passes to this year’s event.  

***To enter follow @3460Miles on Twitter and tweet at us with your nomination for the most social media savvy NyLoner on the Internet. We’ll reward 3 lucky winners every day until Social Media Week begins!***


If you’re not feeling particularly lucky or inspired, simply sign up for the event with our 30% discount for the SMW New York Campus Pass.

New York: 3460 Miles Happy Hour with UKTI!


The 3460 Miles community wants to get everyone together again in New York City, this time to celebrate and conspire about all of our upcoming SXSW plans!

And to co-host the evening, we are partnering with UK Trade & Investment(UKTI), the business development arm of the British government, who will be at SXSW this year throwing more than one fun event including a UK Demo Day and British Breakfast, in the heart of Texas.Flight 026 has landed. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed the twenty sixth 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)

P.S. 
*Check out our 3460 Miles playlist! It’s a compilation of every featured passenger’s in-flight entertainment choices.*