1616: Om Malik

Om Malik is an investor and journalist. He subscribed to FoT in December 2014.

1) What change do you want to see in the world of mobility by the end of 2016?

I would like to see about half-as-many fossil fuel powered cars, more trains and safer biking paths, in addition to more cities planning walking paths.

2) If you had to drop everything right now and build something that had the greatest impact on mobility, what would it be?

If I could focus on something right now, the biggest challenge for mobility is that we have little or no way to smartly manage traffic flows. The future of mobility in many ways is limited by the weakest driver and their inability to optimize driving skills for optimal travel times. From that perspective, I would say, the self-driving or software-assisted cars can help manage the traffic flows smarter, as long we have sensor networks and infrastructure to inform the car of road conditions. This isn’t an easy task, but a platform that makes sense of all the data emanating from sensors is an opportunity waiting to be taken.

Om Malik Bio
Om is a partner at True Ventures. He joined the firm after spending 25+ years in trenches of journalism that included stints at Forbes.com, Red Herring, Business 2.0 and a company he founded, based on his pioneering blog, GigaOm. He lives in San Francisco. You can visit his website http://om.co in order to read his latest opinions, and in general stay in touch with him.

1616 is a compendium of ideas from 16 FoT subscribers about our near-term mobility future. You can read all 16 entries here; you can sign up for FoT here.