Friendly Reminder: It’s Tuesday
Sam: For those of us who enjoyed an elongated weekend thanks to President’s Day yesterday, welcome back! Today is Tuesday, not Monday.
And for all my art lovers out there, I went to the new Hirshhorn exhibit on the NYC art scene in the 1980s this weekend, and I can confirm it is both fun and jam-packed with information! If you’re looking for something to do after you go see “Black Panther,” I highly recommend it.
Now, to today’s Beat…
The Big One
A breakdown on the day’s biggest Inno story.
Leave it to the Friday before a holiday weekend for tech news to break, amiright ladies??? (Oh, and of course, it’s about Elon Musk and Hyperloop. OF COURSE.)
Anyway, I’ll fill you in on what’s up: Back in July, you might remember that Musk tweeted a vague thing about having “verbal gov’t approval” to build an underground tunnel that could take Hyperloop passengers from Washington, D.C. to New York City in 29 minutes flat.
Now, it appears the D.C. government has backed that “verbal gov’t approval” with an actual, yet noncommittal, permit. However, based on reports in The Washington Post, the permit doesn’t do much to shed light on the possible Musk-driven project. Important information, such as how long the digging will take and how much it will cost, is still up in the air.
On Nov. 29, The Boring Company, the tunnel-digging firm founded by Musk, received a building permit from the D.C. Department of Transportation that would allow them to start preparatory and excavation work in a NoMa parking lot at 53 New York Avenue NE. You know, the same parking lot next to the McDonald’s and surrounded by construction cranes.
The Boring Company confirmed to The Post that if all goes well, New York Avenue could be the site of a potential East Coast Hyperloop project. And let’s note: The Boring Company just builds the tunnels, and they don’t have total freedom to start building from scratch yet. They’d still need to get total approval, and also find a company to build the Hyperloops themselves.
Read more: Elon Musk Makes Some Vague Moves on D.C.-NYC Hyperloop Project
Inside the people, companies and organizations making moves today.
Amazon Tippings Its Hat Towards Arlington, Va. for HQ2?
A traffic spike at hyperlocal news site ARLNow may be our next clue as to where Amazon is looking for its second headquarters.
In what they’re calling an exclusive (which, I don’t know, is pretty obvious, y’all), ARLNow is reporting that they’ve seen over 6K views on a story called “County Wins Top Environmental Award from U.S. Green Building Council” over the past week. The source? An internal site dedicated to the HQ2 search. ARLNow has more.
And if you’re looking for more HQ2 content, apparently this holiday weekend left all of us local reporters and tech reporters with nothing better to report on:
The D.C. Startup Simplifying Personal Finance Management
We have another A+ profile from Arriana. Take it away!
Arriana: D.C.-based company Fearless Finance is here to take the stress out of budgeting. With an easy-to-use app and web platform, Fearless Finance lets users track their monthly spending habits. After inputting your financial information, the app suggests spending targets for each month. For $6.99 a month, users can make strides to their financial goals. I got the lowdown on the startup and the founder behind it. Read More: Fearless Finance Takes the Stress Out of Saving Money