Flight 041 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: Q Designs


Q Designs is a consumer technology company that creates beautiful, technology-centric products that make every day just a little bit simpler. The Q Designs team blends style and technology to build real world products that are elegant, effortless and extraordinarily useful. Q Designs just released their flagship product the QBracelet, which is a stylish bracelet that charges smartphones.



The QBracelet is made from the highest-quality materials and is available in small, medium, and large. The premier collection comes in brushed and matte black, polished and matter silver and polished gold. It will retail for $99 but you can pre-order the bracelet for $79 at Qdesigns.co and it will ship in time for the winter holidays.
 

Featured London Company: Skimlinks


Launched in 2007 by Alicia Navarro and Joe Stepniewski, Skimlinks allows publishers to send traffic to the world’s biggest retailers and receive a premium commission for it. They’re now a global team of 65 with the technology used by over 1.5 million sites, including Condé Nast, the Huffington Post, and Telegraph Media.



This past weekend, the company was featured as #17 in the Sunday Times’ Hiscox Tech Track 100. The team is also organising its first ever Content to Commerce Summit, October 14th in New York. The conference looks at the ties between content and commerce and will feature sessions on how to measure affinity and intent through purchase data, best practices in native advertising, and the processes publishers are embracing to capitalise on commerce-related-content.

Featured Passenger in London: Catherine Johnson


Security Check: Catherine Johnson is the Senior Investment Advisor for UKTI, helping US and Canadian companies set up shop in the UK. Prior to that, she worked at London & Partners, focused specifically on bringing business to London.



What’s your historical London and New York connection? 

I was born and raised in NY by two British parents, which meant that growing up I also spent a lot of time in the UK. During University, I also spent 6 months studying at UCL. I knew that once I graduated I wanted to come back to London to live and work full time. Luckily, I ended up working for London & Partners in New York and two years later I made the move. I thought it might be for a year or so, and four years later I’m still here!

Describe your experience in London as a New Yorker.

Even though I’ve been in London for 4 years now, I still feel very much a New Yorker. It’s not that hard with regular trips back to the US and the continual influx of US stores, restaurants and trends - I’d like to thank my job partially for that!



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

London and New York are very similar cities - each with a great buzz and interesting neighborhoods. I’d love it if my friends and family were able to experience both as much as I have - more flexible immigration policies would be ideal!

Favorite NYC secret spot: There are a lot of great places in Alphabet City, in the East Village - one of my favorites is The Blind Barber on 10th. Once you’re past the barbershop facade, there’s a hidden bar in the back!



Favorite London secret spot: I love walking along the Regent’s Canal on warm sunny weekends. It’s great to stop at the Towpath Cafe for breakfast and then continue along to Broadway Market.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? London and NYC - would love to split my time 50/50!

In flight entertainment:

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New York:

The Fueled 2014 Hackathon: In support of The White House Safety Data InitiativeFueled is bringing together the best developers, designers, and product experts to build innovative applications. They’ll be offering exciting amenities including massages, group yoga, catered lunches, pizza breaks and PLENTY of caffeine to stay Fueled. September 20th-21st at Fueled offices in Soho. Sign up here!

NYC Media Lab Summit: September 19th, 8:30 am-5 pm. Get your donation-based pass here.

Climate Week: Join some of the world’s best minds for this annual week of talks, events, and experiences centered around building a better world and stewarding the environment. With events like The People’s March, and The Equator Prize Gala (get your ticket here)it should be an energizing (pun intended) week in NYC!September 21st-28th. More details and sign up here.

Equator Initiative’s Equator Prize Project launch: The Equator Initiative is crowdraising $20,000 to Help Bring Equator Prize Winners to Climate Week.Contributions will help ensure world leaders, policy makers and diplomats hear lessons learned from award-winning projects that recover degraded land and soil, address harsh climate conditions, restore natural resources and improve food security and nutrition. These leaders live in the world’s poorest communities most affected by climate change and run longterm replicable projects with sustainable community based adaptions to climate change. Contribute now, and you might win a slew of different prizes!

London:

CoFoundersLab Matchup London: This event is specifically aimed at helping entrepreneurs find co-founders, advisers & interns and to build strong, core founding teams. Come out, network, and find your next potential team member!Wednesday, 10th September, 6:30-9:30pm at The EscalatorDetails here.

Startup Weekend Fashion & Tech: Wearables, e-commerce sites and fashion apps are changing fashion & tech at an incredible pace. To celebrate, Startup Weekend is gathering renowned fashion experts, the latest technology trends, and the most talented young entrepreneurs in the Global Fashion Battle. Join them for London’s event 12th-14th September at True StartGet 20% off with code ‘SWGFBCODE’!

LDN Digital Summer Party & Digital Growth Day: London’s digital disrupters have made this city one of the hottest, most vibrant innovation hubs on the planet. This full day event brings these people together in the belief that they’ve both got a lot to learn from each other, and that by building relationships we can help make London’s digital and tech businesses more successful. Thursday, 18th September at Campus London & Pennington StudiosThe first 6 readers to register get FREE tickets! Use code ‘3460VIP-DSP’.

Social Media Week London: SMW is back, this time with the theme “The Future of Now: Making sense of our always on, always connected world”. This is sure to be a fascinating and engaging topic. 23rd-25th September at B1Get 20% off with code ‘HQICEFOUNDERS20’!Flight 041 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)

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Flight 040 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: AHAlife


AHAlife is a curated marketplace for creative, inspiring objects. Their mission is to empower designers, artisans and innovators to thrive online and connect with people around the world.



By combining the power of storytelling with commerce and curation, AHAlife is building a sustainable, full price, full value destination that merges exceptional design with intelligent content to provide the ultimate discovery experience.
 

Featured London Company: Centrepoint


Centrepoint is the leading youth homelessness charity for 16-25 year olds. Starting with providing vulnerable young people in London and the north of England with a safe place to stay, its work is focused on helping young people find the two things they need above all else to turn their lives around: a home and a job.



During a typical stay (around two years), young people receive support with the following:

  • tackling physical and mental health problems caused by homelessness
  • accessing work or education
  • basic skills we take for granted – like cooking, cleaning and managing money – which are vital to living independently

Centrepoint gives homeless young people a voice through the Centrepoint Parliament, an elected body of young people representing their peers, and it conducts research and influences government policy with the overall aim of ending youth homelessness.

Featured Passenger in New York: James Marshall


Security Check: James Marshall is a Brit living in NYC, helping businesses find technology talent like C++ developers, iOS developers and software engineers.



What’s your historical London and New York connection? 

I grew up in London all my life and lived in NYC for the last 3 years. After I left school, I went straight into recruitment. My dream was to move to New York so I made it happen. I called up loads of recruitment firm owners in New York and I ended up choosing a company I loved.

Describe your experience in London as a New Yorker.

It’s been an amazing experience. I’ve worked very hard to be here, battled against the visas and managed to stay. I have a great job, and a British accent here happens to work wonders.



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

By working with each other and having better communication with job opportunities. I work in the recruitment market, so when companies in New York want to come to London and vice versa, being able to help them is helpful and rewarding.

Favorite NYC secret spotGallow Green is one of the best rooftops in the city. It’s above McIntrick Hotel and it’s got a cool vibe where you’ll find all the Manhattanites, as it’s one of the only hidden venues in NYC which hasn’t been infected by tourists.



Favorite London secret spot: Roof Gardens. I do love a rooftop. It’s my fave place in London where the door guys are friendly and the people are chilled. They also do BBQ!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? New York. I’m close to the Hamptons for the summer and live in the best city in the world.

In flight entertainment:

  • What’s playing in your headphones right now? Thor. It’s a movie I just love to watch.
  • And what are you currently reading? Anything by Tony Robbins.

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New York:

Equator Initiative’s Equator Prize Project launch: The Equator Initiative is crowdraising $20,000 to Help Bring Equator Prize Winners to Climate Week.Contributions will help ensure world leaders, policy makers and diplomats hear lessons learned from award-winning projects that recover degraded land and soil, address harsh climate conditions, restore natural resources and improve food security and nutrition. These leaders live in the world’s poorest communities most affected by climate change and run longterm replicable projects with sustainable community based adaptions to climate change. Contribute now, and you might win a slew of different prizes! Climate Week is September 20-26 in NYC.  

IgniteNYC: Join the Ignite folks to see talks about sensors and wearable tech. They’ll be addressing this very important question: “Are we using these miracles as a method for connecting to other human beings or furthering our knowledge of the world, or are we becoming slaves to these devices?” Wednesday, August 27th, 7-10pm, WeWork Soho. Get your ticket here. 

Tech Cocktail’s Summer Mixer: Join the folks over at Tech Cocktail for a fun night of pitches, cocktails, and networking. Wednesday, August 27th, 6:30-9pm. Get your ticket here!

London:

unBound Digital Conference: Chaired by Yossi Vardi, this conference connects leaders and growth companies from digital ecosystems around the world. The event will include a selection of panel sessions, round table meetings, 1-2-1 meetings, fireside discussions, networking, keynote speeches and satellite events. 25th November in London BridgeRegister here.

Girls in Tech London Autumn Kick-off Event: Interested in how to create a culture for digital innovation? Come see what inspiring digital consultants from Motive Unknown and Transform have to say about the future of digital. Drinks & networking will follow, sponsored by StartupbootcampWednesday, 3rd September, 19:00-21:00 at Rainmaking LoftJoin the meetup here!

Understanding Funnels & Analytics: What’s stopping customers from signing up for your product or becoming a paid user? Are the tech and marketing changes you’re making having an effect? This class will help you understand funnels and analytics, so you can start using your data to drive your decision-making.Thursday, 28th August, 20:15-21:45 at General AssemblyDetails here.Flight 040 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 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:

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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:

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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)