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.


93: Reviewing the Origins of Micromobility As a Disruptive Force
Oct 23 • 69 min
Horace rejoins Oliver on the podcast to revisit the original reasons that Horace started looking at micromobility, and identified it as a disruptive innovation. It covers the context of the research that he was doing at the time, and why it meets the…
92: A Heavy Micromobility Update (plus, is Tesla actually disruptive?)
Oct 8 • 56 min
This week Oliver is joined by Horace for an update and discussion on heavy micromobility, including a recent video interview of Sandy Munro, the automotive engineering guru, and Mark Frohnmayer, CEO of Arcimoto talking about their three wheeled electric…
91: The second mover advantage manifest: talking to Paul Steely White of LINK/SuperPedestrian
Oct 1 • 52 min
Today Oliver interviews Paul Steely White, head of Policy at Link by Superpedestrian. We had Assaf Bidermaan, the CEO of Superpedestrian on last year to talk about their new scooter, but that was before they launched Link and recently won one of the…
90: Micromobility’s Sweetspot - talking Electric Rickshaws in India with ThreeWheelsUnited CEO, Cedrick Tandong
Sep 16 • 56 min
In one of his favourite interviews to date, Oliver interviews Cedrick Tandong, CEO of ThreeWheelsUnited, a electric rickshaw or tuktuk financing and operations company based in Bangalore, India. With over 3000 tuktuks on the road, partnerships with the…
89: The fascinating, undiscovered world of the GBFS micromobility data formats
Sep 10 • 48 min
Micromobility data standards are the rails new micromobility juggernauts will be built on. In this episode, Oliver interviews Sam Herr, Executive Director of North American Bikeshare Association (NABSA), and Heidi Gennin, Shared Mobility Product Manager…
88: Revisiting High-End Shared Micromobility - The Bond Model with CEO, Raoul Stöckle
Sep 3 • 51 min
Exciting episode today with Oliver interviewing Raoul Stöckle, CEO of Bond. Horace and Oliver originally interviewed Corinne Vogel, their COO on as one of the first interviews in 2018 when the company was Smide, but with the recent announcement of a…
87: Talking subscriptions and premium brands with David Hyman, CEO of Unagi Scooters
Aug 27 • 50 min
This week Oliver interviews David Hyman, CEO of Unagi Scooters about their new subscription service, Unagi All Access, as well as a wider discussion about the state of owned micromobility and the vehicles therein. It’s a great conversation - David’s got a…
86: Measuring Micromobility and Talking Hypercars
Aug 20 • 60 min
This week Horace returns with Oliver for a great discussion about why what we measure in micromobility, and transport in general, matters so much. They also dig into the recent announcement of the T50 supercar from Gordon Murray, and explain why they, two…
85: The Dott Model - talking European micromobility with co-founders Maxim Romain and Henri Moissinac
Aug 13 • 47 min
This week Oliver interviews Henri Moissinac and Maxim Romain, co-founders of Dott. Dott are interesting - they’ve done things differently since they launched, kept their head down and stayed relatively unknown in wider micromobility circles. That is until…
84: Designing cities for Micromobility with Skye Duncan, Global Designing Cities Initiative at NACTO
Aug 6 • 61 min
This week Oliver interviews Skye Duncan, a fellow Kiwi who has gone on to lead the Global Designing Cities Initiative at the National Association of City Transportation Officials. Skye is a wealth of knowledge about how infrastructure and space allocation…
83: The War On Cars - Talking with Doug Gordon
Jul 30 • 57 min
This week we releasing a recent conversation between Oliver and Doug Gordon from the popular War on Cars podcast that we did as a Micromobility Membership (TripleM) webinar. Philosophically aligned, Oliver and Doug talk about COVID, urbanism and the…
82: The biggest bikeshare in America - talking with Laura Fox, Lyft’s General Manager for Citi Bike in New York
Jul 23 • 67 min
This week Oliver interviews Laura Fox, Lyft’s General Manager for Citi Bike in New York. Laura has an incredible background with stints in Qatar, working on Mexico cities planning regulations, time at Sidewalk Labs, and as editor for one of the best books…
81: Markets for Trust - why blockchains matter with Horace Dediu and Anders Brownworth
Jul 16 • 75 min
Something a bit different this week. Horace and Oliver host Anders Brownworth, co-host of the Critical Path, to talk about crypto, blockchains and markets for trust. Anders’ background working in telecom, finance and then crypto (developing USDC and now…
80: Decarbonizing Transport with Andrew Salzberg, Loeb Fellow and former Head of Transportation Policy at Uber
Jul 9 • 58 min
This week Oliver interviews Andrew Salzberg, former head of Transportation Policy at Uber, and now a Loeb Fellow at Harvard about his work in radically decarbonising transport. Oliver worked with Andrew at Uber, and he’s been thinking about the…
79: The agile incumbent: talking e-bikes with Ian Kenny and Chris Yu of Specialized
Jul 2 • 62 min
This week, Oliver interviews Chris Yu, Chief Product & Innovation Officer and Ian Kenny, global marketing for the Turbo e-bike brand at Specialized. They talk about how incumbent bike manufacturers are thinking of electrification, how that’s changing how…
78: Products vs Platforms: the end of the Segway and the start of Apple in Micromobility
Jun 25 • 64 min
This week Horace joins Oliver to talk about the news that Segway has ended production of the PT and the new announcements from Apple and how they pertain to Micromobility. They also trial a news segment at the beginning of the show. Specifically they dig…
77: Talking the future of Mobility-As-A-Service with Jake Sion, COO of Transit
Jun 18 • 49 min
This week Oliver interviews Jake Sion, COO of Transit. We talk micromobility, mobility as a service and the interplay between the two as well as the wider mobility landscape and how software can infuse intelligence into it. After last weeks’ discussion on…
76: Ebikes, Maps and Adword Dystopia
Jun 12 • 62 min
This week Horace joins Oliver for a discussion about ebikes and the state of micromobility, including which potential other potential players might want to get into the industry. This leads to a discussion about the job-to-be-done of maps, and Horace’s…
75: A trip down memory lane with Jump founder, Ryan Rzepecki
Jun 5 • 66 min
This week we share a recent TripleM webinar where Oliver interviews Ryan Rzepecki. Ryan was the founder of Jump which sold to Uber and as of a few weeks ago, was sold to Lime. Ryan is a wealth of knowledge and understands this space inside and out. It’s a…
74: Vanmoof Again! - Talking S3/X3 with CEO Taco Carlier
May 28 • 58 min
Today Oliver interviews Taco Carlier, CEO of Vanmoof, about the recently released S3/X3 bikes and the company’s recent venture fundraise. They’re one of the largest and fastest growing urban bike manufacturers globally, and this was a great discussion…
73: A Slow and Steady Approach to Micromobility - Ben Bear from Spin
May 21 • 40 min
This week Oliver interviews Ben Bear, Chief Business Officer at Spin, the micromobility company backed by Ford and which operate in 65 markets across the US. They dig into their service and how they’re different from others in the industry. It’s a great…
72: Micromobility, pricing, politics and Friedrich Hayek
May 14 • 52 min
Horace and Oliver have a great discussion on the philosophical underpinnings of price signals going back to Freidrich Hayek and how price works to coordinate activity in society. They discuss how micromobility suffers from market manipulation for its…
71: Recode’s Kara Swisher being interviewed by Felix Salmon on post-car travel/micromobility
May 8 • 58 min
On this episode of the Micromobility Podcast, we publish an episode from the recent Micromobility Membership call where we had Axios Reporter Felix Salmon interview Kara Swisher, Editor at Recode about her pledge to go car-free for a year, and her…
70: Micromobility operations with industry veteran Tarani Duncan - ex-Citibike, Jump and Mapbox
Apr 30 • 54 min
This week, Oliver interviews micromobility industry veteran Tarani Duncan about her journey and views on the development of the micromobility industry. She’s a fount of knowledge, and this was a really fun discussion on the history of the space.…
69: The largest micromobility manufacturer in the world - Tony Ho of Segway/Ninebot
Apr 23 • 47 min
This week Oliver interviews Tony Ho, VP of Global Business Development for Segway/Ninebot. As the largest Micromobility hardware player globally across a whole heap of different verticals, Tony has a unique perspective on the space and how it’s…
68: The connection between antifragility, disuptive innovation and micromobility
Apr 16 • 61 min
This week Horace joins Oliver to talk about the work of Nassim Taleb - namely, antifragility and asymmetric risk - and what connections there are to disruptive innovation theory and Micromobility. Oliver has wanted to record this episode for a while and…
67: Micromobility Infrastructure - challenges and opportunities with The Transportist, Professor David Levinson
Apr 9 • 58 min
This week Oliver interviews David Levinson, professor at the University of Sydney and popular blogger at transportist.org. David is not new to the world of talking about transport and disruptive innovation, having joined Horace on Asymcar many years ago.…
66: Exploding demand for Delivery Worker Micromobility - Mina Nada of Bolt Bikes
Apr 2 • 47 min
This week Oliver interviews Mina Nada, CEO of Bolt Bikes, about their business leasing ebikes to delivery gig workers like UberEATS/Deliveroo/DoorDash in the UK, US and Australia. Given everything happening right now with COVID19 and the explosion in…
65: Viral Nature: thinking about the impact of coronavirus on micromobility with Horace
Mar 25 • 56 min
This week, Horace joins Oliver for a discussion about the impact of COVID19 on the world of micromobility, as well as taking questions from Twitter. Specifically, we cover: - Horace discusses the work of Nassim Taleb on anti fragility and tail risks, and…
64: Getting to a Better Place with mobility - Michael Granoff from Maniv Mobility
Mar 19 • 36 min
This week, Oliver interviews Michael Granoff, partner at Maniv Mobility, an early stage investment firm specialising in transport technologies including micromobility. Michael has been around the mobility space a long time, and we had a great discussion…
63: Escalators, Elevators and Stairs, and the Job-to-be-done of micromobility
Mar 12 • 55 min
This week Horace joins Oliver to riff on a recent mental model for thinking about the job to be done of micromobility, involving escalators, elevators and stairs. It’s Horace at his best - conceptual, funny, insightful as always. Specifically we cover: -…
62: The latest on the war over micromobility data - a conversation with David Zipper
Mar 9 • 38 min
This week Oliver interviews journalist David Zipper again (following his appearance on Episode 32) about the latest in the war over mobility data that is being played out between cities and shared micromobility operators. David Zipper is currently a…
61: Scooter parking - a missing part of the puzzle with Colin Roche from Swiftmile
Feb 28 • 35 min
This week Oliver interviews Colin Roche from Swiftmile. Shared scooters cluttering up the streets is one of these things that have largely been discounted in the hype of the recent explosion of these new vehicles. The Swiftmile team build scooter parking…
60: How does micromobility conform to disruptive innovation theory?
Feb 20 • 47 min
This week we have a timely episode with Horace being interviewed by Katie Zandbergen on The Disruptive Voice - a podcast produced by The Forum for Growth & Innovation at Harvard business School a few days after the passing of Clay Christensen. Horace…
59: Backing the best in micromobility - a conversation with Kevin Talbot, GP of Relay Ventures
Feb 13 • 43 min
This week, Oliver interviews Kevin Talbot (@Talbot), a General Partner at Relay Ventures, a VC firm based between the Bay Area and Toronto, who are investors in Bird, Populus and Bird Canada, among others. It is a great interview with Kevin about how…
58: Micromobility from the beginning - a conversation with Sanjay Dastoor, CEO of Skip and co-founder of Boosted Boards
Feb 5 • 60 min
This week Oliver interviews Sanjay Dastoor, one of the founders of Boosted Boards and subsequently Skip, who operate a shared scooter service in DC. Sanjay has been around this space longer than pretty much anyone, and has a wealth of insight and…
57: The Trough of Disillusionment - unpacking hype, adoption and funding
Jan 29 • 46 min
This week, Horace joins Oliver on the podcast to talk about hype cycles, capital formation and transport funding patterns historically, and what we can learn from them about the micromobility space now. Specifically: The parallels between the hype cycles…
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…