Kudos to former client Control Group on their recent acquisition by a group of investors led by Sidewalk Labs, Google's new venture with Dan Doctoroff. Sidewalk Labs is a new incubator focused on solving urban problems through technology. Their first project, via Fast Company: "scaling up and spreading LinkNYC, a New York City project that's turning old payphones into public wi-fi spots with lightning-fast free Internet, free phone calls, USB charging, and wayfinding stations so people can more easily find the nearest subway or bus." Here’s an excerpt from the Fast Company story on the new Sidewalk Labs:
"I really do see this as a logical first move for Sidewalk," says Dan Doctoroff, former deputy mayor of New York City for economic development and former chief executive of Bloomberg L.P., who is now leading Sidewalk Labs as CEO.
"What we're looking to do is bring technology into the physical world to cities to take on really tough problems—whether that's cost of living, energy consumption, urban equity, the efficiency of managing government, health—there is a litany of challenges that technology can and will be doing more to address."
Sidewalk Labs invested in Control Group and Titan, two core members of the team behind LinkNYC, and helped them merge into a new company called Intersection. "We think it represents a new model for connectivity, municipal services, and civic engagement that we really want to be able to bring to scale," Doctoroff says.