Micromobility

Micromobility

micromobility.io/podcast
Micromobility explores the disruption to urban transport that comes from new electric, lightweight utility vehicles. Using the history of computing as a framework, we unpack how e-bikes, scooters and more will change how people get around cities.


56: Building the Largest Micromobility Player in the World, with Joe Kraus, President of Lime
Jan 22 • 45 min
This week, Oliver interviews Joe Kraus, President of Lime. Lime are the largest players in the shared micromobility space globally, and this episode has been a long time coming. It was awesome to get Joe on to talk about their history and plans, the state…
55: At the intersection of regulation and new mobility with Emily Castor Warren of Lime, Lyft and more
Jan 14 • 47 min
This week, Oliver interviews Emily Castor Warren, one of the first employees at Lyft and then Lime in the policy space. We have an amazing conversation about the history of rideshare and micromobility, especially as it pertains to regulation, and where…
54: Unpacking the Impact of Intelligent Micromobility with Superpedestrian CEO, Assaf Biderman
Jan 7 • 54 min
In today’s episode Oliver interviews Assaf Biderman, CEO of [SuperPedestrian](https://superpedestrian.com/), about his background founding the MIT Senseable Cities Lab and then Superpedestrian. Assaf has been thinking about micromobility longer than most…
53: Beautiful e-bikes for billions of people - The Vanmoof Story with CEO Taco Carlier
Dec 27, 2019 • 49 min
In today’s episode, Taco Carlier, CEO of Vanmoof joins Oliver to talk about building beautiful e-bikes, the role of design and how to get the next billion people on bikes in our cities across the world. It’s a great discussion with someone who’s been in…
52: The Global Shared Scooter Sharing Market - talking with Felix Jakobsen and Enrico Howe from Unu Motors
Dec 19, 2019 • 39 min
In today’s episode, Felix Jakobsen and Enrico Howe from Unu Motors join Oliver to talk about the Global Scooter Sharing Market Report (for clarity, we’re talking mopeds), a recent publication on the state of the shared moped market globally. It’s a great…
51: Micromobility in India - the story of Bounce with SVP, Growth, Bharath Devanathan
Dec 13, 2019 • 40 min
On today’s podcast, Oliver interviews Bharath Devanathan, SVP, Growth at Bounce Mobility, about their moped sharing business in India. They recently raised a $150m round to expand their operations across India. It’s an amazing conversation - one of the…
50: Laying the foundation for the Mobility-as-a-Service transport system: Sam Baker, COO of Wunder Mobility
Dec 6, 2019 • 39 min
On today’s podcast, Oliver interviews Sam Baker, COO of Wunder Mobility, about their software platform that underpins a number of carshare, carpool, Micromobility and other services players in Europe, and is about to expand to the US. Specifically we dig…
49: Hardware Standards, Cybertruck and The Autonomy Boondoggle
Nov 30, 2019 • 49 min
Today, Horace and Oliver talk about the newly released SAE Micromobility Standards, the Cybertruck announcement and Horace’s latest thoughts on the boondoggle of autonomy. Specifically, they dig into: - Why the new SAE Micromobility standards matter, what…
48: The Data-play of Micromobility - William Henderson, CEO of Ride Report
Nov 21, 2019 • 48 min
Today on the podcast, Oliver interviews William Henderson, CEO of Ride Report about micromobility data and mobility-as-a-service systems. Ride Report is the reporting dashboard for over 50 cities globally for their dockless shared micromobility…
47: The Potential of Abundance - the parallels of Nokia-to-influencers in micromobility
Nov 14, 2019 • 58 min
In this episode, Horace and Oliver talk though the flood of news post-Berlin, and how the micromobility is being circulated around by the giants of automotive and large tech, as they work out how to best participate. We also explore: - the parallels…
46: Big micromobility - hitting the 500kg limit with Arcimoto CEO Mark Frohnmayer
Nov 6, 2019 • 35 min
In today’s episode, Oliver interviews Mark Frohnmayer, CEO of Arcimoto, a new 1100lb+ electric trike that has just gone into production in Eugene, Oregon. Arcimoto is aiming to a hit a US$12k production price point for a vehicle with 70+ miles of range…
45: Owned Premium Lightweight Scooters - the Unagi story with CEO David Hyman
Oct 31, 2019 • 37 min
In this episode, Oliver interviews David Hyman, CEO of Unagi Scooters about the market for premium, lightweight owned micromobility. David’s background is in software and marketing, having previously been the CEO of Beats by Dre. Unagi has really nailed…
44: Self-driving scooters are coming! - Talking autonomous micromobility with Dmitry Shevelenko, CEO of Tortoise
Oct 23, 2019 • 49 min
In today’s packed episode, Oliver interviews Dmitry Shevelenko, CEO of Tortoise, an autonomous scooter software company about the potential of self driving scooters in clearing clutter, improving economics and unlocking the suburbs for shared…
43: Shared Mopeds: next generation micromobility with Frank Reig, CEO of Revel
Oct 15, 2019 • 34 min
In this episode, Oliver interviews Frank Reig, CEO of Revel, an e-moped sharing system in NYC/DC that has just announced a $27.6m raise to expand to 10 new cities. It’s a fascinating interview as shared e-mopeds have a number of key operational…
42: Micromobility Podcast Live from Berlin! - Micromobility in Germany and OEM disruption
Oct 6, 2019 • 49 min
In this episode, Horace and Oliver host a live podcast recording at The Drivery, an incubator in Berlin in front of an audience. They discuss the upcoming Micromobility Europe conference, disruption of the German car industry and what will disrupt…
41: Implications of a Zero $ per Mile Marginal Cost
Sep 24, 2019 • 41 min
In this episode, Oliver and Horace talk about cost-per-mile calculations for micromobility, and the implications of the recent blogpost that Horace published on the Micromobility.io blog (https://micromobility.io/blog/2019/9/9/the-cost-of-a-mile). In…
40: Investing in Micromobility :: Martin Mignot of Index Ventures
Sep 17, 2019 • 45 min
In this episode, Oliver interviews Martin Mignot, a general partner at Index Ventures and panelist on our ‘Capital in Micromobility’ panel at the upcoming Micromobility Europe conference in Berlin. Index Ventures were early investors in Bird, and have a…
39: The Market for Owned Micromobility :: Jeff Russakow, CEO of Boosted
Sep 9, 2019 • 50 min
In this episode, Oliver interviews Jeff Russakow, CEO of Boosted Boards, makers of the famous electric skateboards and now scooter. Boosted focuses on vehicle-grade owned micromobility, which provides a refreshing counter to the hype around shared models.…
38: Assessing the Market for Micromobility in African and Asian cities
Aug 16, 2019 • 42 min
In this episode, Horace and Oliver run over Horace’s insights from his recent research using UN data into city-level potential for micromobility markets globally. We run through the most interesting growth trends in 1800+ cities. Specifically we look at:…
37: Micromobility in Europe - an Interview with Lawrence Leuschner, Co-Founder of Tier
Aug 11, 2019 • 37 min
In this episode, Oliver interviews Lawrence Leuschner, CEO and co-founder of Tier, one of Europe’s largest scooter operators with over 6 million cumulative rides to date. Specifically, we cover: - Lawrence’s background as a successful entrepreneur and his…
36: Micromobility and Car Parking
Aug 1, 2019 • 43 min
In this episode, Horace and Oliver discuss Donald Shoup’s work, The High Cost of Free Parking, and why micromobility offers such a compelling counter to the dominant mindset that has existed around parking for the last 70 years. Specifically, we cover: -…
35: Sampo Hietanen from MaaS Global/Whim on Micromobility
Jul 19, 2019 • 43 min
In this episode, Oliver interviews Sampo Heitanen, CEO of MaaS Global/Whim on their mobility as a service subscription model they have in Helsinki and a number of other markets. Specifically we cover: - How MaaS Global came to be started - The unique…
34: Tiffany Chu from Remix on planning for micromobility, MDS and more
Jul 10, 2019 • 2013 min
In this episode, Oliver interviews Tiffany Chu (@tchu88), co-founder and COO at Remix to discuss the role of software in helping cities plan for better use of their streets and help them harness the benefits of micromobility. Specifically we cover: - The…
33: Creative Destruction: an update on shared micromobility business models
Jul 1, 2019 • 54 min
In this episode, Oliver and Horace discuss a recent trip that Horace made around Continental Europe and reflect on the changing dynamics of shared micromobility business models. Specifically: - The core product, regulatory and operational challenges that…
32: David Zipper on the war over micromobility data standards
Jun 23, 2019 • 46 min
This week Oliver interviews journalist David Zipper about the quietly brewing war over mobility data that is being played out between cities and shared micromobility operators. David is a Resident Fellow at the German Marshall Fund and a Partner in the…
31: mMeetup - What makes Micromobility Disruptive?
Jun 7, 2019 • 58 min
In this episode, we release the content from a recent MM Meetup call with Horace where he unpacks ‘What makes Micromobility Disruptive?’. This was recorded from a call for our paid subscribers via the Substack newsletter, and grants exclusive access to…
30: Regulating Micromobility — the Christchurch case study
May 29, 2019 • 40 min
In this episode, Oliver interviews Nick Lovett (@nicklovettnz), Transport Policy Planner at the Christchurch City Council in New Zealand. Nick runs the scooter trial with Lime, and has recently expanded the programme to Beam (Singapore) and Flamingo (a…
29: The Micromobility Software Panel from MM California
May 14, 2019 • 39 min
In this episode, we publish the Software for Micromobility panel from the Micromobility California Summit. In this panel, Stacey Randecker Bartlett (Co-Host, The Flying Car) hosts a conversation with William Henderson (CEO, Ride Report), Tiffany Chu (COO,…
28: Micromobility and Disaster Resilient Cities — the Christchurch, NZ case study
May 9, 2019 • 63 min
In this episode, Horace and Oliver discuss Horace’s visit to Christchurch, New Zealand for the ITSNZ T-Tech 19 conference. For those that don’t know, Christchurch suffered a massive earthquake in 2011, levelling most of downtown and killing 181 people.…
27: The Scooter CEO Panel from the Micromobility California Summit
Apr 29, 2019 • 48 min
In this episode, we publish a panel discussion from the Micromobility California Summit in January. Derrick Ko (CEO, Spin), Michael Keating (CEO, Scoot), Sanjay Dastoor (CEO, Skip) and Sergio Romo (CEO, Grin) are interviewed by Cory Weinberg from The…
26: The Uber S-1
Apr 23, 2019 • 45 min
In this episode, Horace and Oliver unpack the Uber S-1 filing, noting, among other things: - The parallels between Uber’s assessment of total addressable market and that which we’ve talked about on the Micromobility podcast. - The economics of short…
25: The Case For Micromobility - A Recap Summary
Apr 2, 2019 • 97 min
New to micromobility? This episode is for you. Been with us all year? There is still plenty of depth and breadth being addressed. In this special episode, Horace and Oliver revisit many of the ideas of the first 20+. It is a great episode for both…
24: The Micromobility FAQ’s
Mar 24, 2019 • 55 min
In this episode, Oliver and Horace discuss the Micromobility FAQ’s and their significance. Specifically, they cover: - how it’s categorised and why this is important - whether autonomous cars will make Micromobility irrelevant - Infrastructure and why and…
23: Micromobility Venture Capital Panel, the new book, and the latest news
Mar 14, 2019 • 55 min
In this episode, Horace and Oliver discuss the new Micromobility book that is up on Kickstarter. This is the first book from Horace in the space, and outlines why and how micromobility will take over the world. Get your copy here -…
22: Micromobility Standards
Feb 28, 2019 • 55 min
In this episode, Horace and Oliver discuss vehicle standards and classifications based on Horace’s recent discussions with the Society of Automotive Engineers. Specifically, the cover: - What are automotive standards, why are they important, and how does…
21: Regulating Micromobility - A Panel From the Recent Summit
Feb 20, 2019 • 49 min
On today’s episode, Oliver runs over recent news in the scooter/micromobility space with Michal Naka (@michalnaka) and we release the government regulator panel from the recent Micromobility California Summit talking about the experiences from LA,…
20: Investing in Micromobility with Reilly Brennan of Trucks VC
Feb 8, 2019 • 49 min
On today’s episode we do a very quick recap of the inaugural 2019 Micromobility Summit and then turn our attention to talk through what early stage investment in micromobility looks like with Reilly Brennan of Trucks Venture Capital (@reillybrennan). He…
19: Creating an Internet of Mobility with Boyd Cohen of Iomob
Jan 29, 2019 • 40 min
On today’s show we have Boyd Cohen, CEO of Iomob, to discuss building a marketplace operating system for city transportation, and what is enabled having all modes of transport interoperable and discoverable. Specifically, we dig into: - What the benefits…
18: Micromobility Safety with Steve Anderson
Jan 24, 2019 • 64 min
In this episode, we have Steve Anderson (@Rashomon2) as a guest on the podcast. Steve has a long history in motorcycle safety and engineering forensics, and more recently has been working on low powered electric vehicles. He will be speaking at the…
17: On Vandalism
Jan 16, 2019 • 54 min
On today’s show, Horace and Oliver talk through the challenges that vandalism poses to the shared micromobility model. Specifically we cover: - The core drivers of vandalism of such fleets, and how this compares to historical parallels. - The implications…
16: Tokenizing the Micromobility Business Model
Dec 22, 2018 • 70 min
On today’s episode, Horace and Oliver dig deep into the evolution of business models in transport, and how micromobility lays the foundation for the next great shift of interoperable, efficient, low-cost transport services powered by blockchain. I think…
15: City Dashboards for Micromobility with Regina Clewlow of Populus
Dec 13, 2018 • 40 min
On today’s episode, Oliver talks with Regina Clewlow (@reginaclewlow), CEO of Populus.ai about her insights gained from building micromobility data dashboards for city officials. We discuss what matters to cities, and why the rise of micromobility data…
14: Dediu’s Law and Franchising Micromobility
Dec 4, 2018 • 46 min
In this episode we discuss the recent Bird Platform announcement, why this was predictable given the dynamics of the market, and how franchising might evolve in the future. We also cover: - Dediu’s Law: Horace’s thesis that we’ll see 10x growth annually…
13: The Environmental Impact of Micromobility with Dr. Chris Cherry
Nov 28, 2018 • 47 min
On today’s episode, we’re joined by Dr Chris Cherry (@drchrischerry), Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee and Director of Light Electric Vehicle Education and Research (LEVER) Initiative, an international…
12: The Scooter Ecosystem with Michal Naka
Nov 21, 2018 • 43 min
In today’s episode, we’re joined by Twitter micromobility celebrity Michal Naka (@michalnaka), to talk about scooters, how they’re evolving in hardware and their interactions with cities and what the future might look like. It’s a packed episode.…
11: The Democratization of Mobility: How Micromobility Addresses Mobility Poverty
Nov 13, 2018 • 50 min
On today’s episode Horace and Oliver are joined by Winston Kwon, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Social Innovation at the University of Edinburgh Business School. We discuss mobility poverty, why it matters and the role that micromobility could play…
10: Micromobility California Summit
Nov 8, 2018 • 41 min
In today’s episode we unpack more about the latest data on micromobility adoption, what this implies for the total addressable market of micromobility and then run over the details of the upcoming Micromobility California event. Specifically, we touch on:…
9: Why Micromobility Platforms Matter
Oct 31, 2018 • 48 min
In today’s show, we examine the role of platforms in micromobility’s rise, and what role they might play in furthering adoption. Specifically, we cover: - What an entry into the micromobility space might look like for Apple, and how their experience in…
8: The Total Addressable Market for Micromobility
Oct 17, 2018 • 55 min
Micromobility has an addressable market of more than $1.4 trillion dollars annually in the US alone, a figure that makes it more valuable than longer distance transport addressable by cars ($1.1 trillion). That’s the message in this episode where we run…
7: The Dutch Cycling Experience and Je ne sais quoi
Oct 8, 2018 • 53 min
In this episode, we look at the history of the Dutch cycle infrastructure, the symbiotic tension that we’ll see between micromobility and autonomous vehicles, and the intangible quality of cities with vibrant micromobility ecosystems. We also cover: - the…
6: Going Premium: The iPhone of Bikesharing with Corinne Vogel of Smide
Oct 1, 2018 • 40 min
On today’s episode Horace and Oliver are joined by Corinne Vogel, head of operations at Smide bikeshare based in Zurich, Switzerland. Smide is a high-end e-bike share system, with speed pedelec bikes that travel up to 30mph/45kph. It’s using a completely…
5: Scooters and Transport Ecologies
Sep 24, 2018 • 58 min
In today’s show we cover the rise of scooter sharing and how different localized constraints result in different micromobility solutions blooming. Specifically: - The scooter sharing model that Bird pioneered, why it emerged in Santa Monica and why it…
4: Marchetti’s Constant and the Power-Network-Intelligence Matrix of Micromobility
Sep 17, 2018 • 59 min
In this episode, we look at Marchetti’s constant and why commute times tend to aggregate at under 1 hour per day. In this episode we also cover: - How the 1 hour daily commute has been a constant across time, and how that affects how our cities form. -…
3: Getting to Here - The Historical Context of Micromobility’s Emergence
Sep 10, 2018 • 38 min
In this episode, we refine the micromobility categorisation and unpack why urban infrastructure is a leading indicator to adoption. We run through: 1) Why the development of batteries and small electric motors underpinned the development of micromobility,…
2: What is micromobility, how do we define it, and why is it disruptive?
Sep 3, 2018 • 40 min
In this episode, we define the term micromobility and what is/isn’t in the categorization. We run through: 1) Why micromobility can be defined as utility focussed urban transport in sub 500kg vehicles, and predominantly electrically powered. 2) The…
1: Setting the Scene for the Great Unbundling of the Car
Aug 28, 2018 • 36 min
In this inaugural episode, we outline the key themes and issues we want to address in the show series including: 1) Defining micromobility - what is it, where did it come from and why does it matter? 2) The disruptive potential of micromobility. With…