UberAir and the limits of the fast growing startup models
Uber is aiming at self-driving and electric flying cars. TC has provided an article on this topic following an interview of the current Head of Policy Head of Policy of Autonomous Vehicles and Urban Aviation, Justin Erlich. Basically, the focus is in identifying potential opportunities in legal documentation to preempt any markets in emerging technologies, with a clear target that is the helicopter market, as we can see happening in a hand-made way between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo. Here’s the article: TC on UberAir
What’s worth keeping in mind is that when you are such a large company, you can spend some very tiny little % of your war chest on the future while working on today. That is the luxury the digital giants have been granted with by massive investors who are hoping for their unicorns to survive the fast growth – even faster cash burning pit: being able to easily deal with the “Innovator’s dilemma” since such companies can invest in today’s operational performance increase and tomorrow’s expansion in new markets AND preempting them at the same time.
What makes all this very enjoyable? Though this situation is totally out of control for many of us, the digital companies like Uber may, in the end, become the largest winners ever. Provided they can manage to own all the value chain, which includes their ability to turn from digital platforms to hardware companies and become like Apple. This is definitely not a simple task. Even companies like Amazon are still struggling with the management of both digital world & physical world, as we have read many articles on the Whole Foods post-merger integration issues.