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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com 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 Natives, David 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.
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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 Fermin, Bonobo, 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.
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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.*