…riot, their adventures into car sharing, their sponsorship of bike sharing programs, and much more. Ultimately, it’s all about the uncoupling of the one-driver, one-car relationship towards a new world where many different passengers, with many different destinations, consume many different kinds of transportation in order to get where they need to go. In this new world, there are a lot of new kinds of jobs to do: fleet maintenance, supply and demand balancing, surge management, safety, and so much more that we’re only beginning to explore. Whether you believe self-driving cars are five, fifteen, or fifty years away, Autonomic’s thesis is…
…er before, we ultimately decided that purchasing 600 MHz spectrum wasn’t the right approach for us. Thanks to the time we’ve spent with breakthrough startups tackling various parts of the wireless ecosystem, we came to the conclusion that bidding on traditional spectrum would simply reinforce a dated way of thinking about telecommunications.
…ete gets injured? gives birth? — as opposed to good for the new system of which they’re now a part. But there’s little directional doubt about where the future is going: the world’s great athletic achievements and performances are increasingly team efforts, between athletes and coaches on one side combined with technology and partner companies on the other.
Time will tell what becomes of this new legislation, the political push to remake health care, and of our societal perspective on risk pooling and sharing the burden of care for others. In the meantime, we can be sure that enterprising startups everywhere will try, from one entry point or another, to make something good of the current situation. But this isn’t like media, or retail, or even transportation. “Move fast and break things”, in the complex underworld of health care, often becomes “Move fast, reinforce things, and make the problem you set out to solve worse.”
…for instance. (Despite the fact that if this system were to fail, millions of people could starve.) There’s something more inherently complex and nasty about the American health care schema, which has evolved over the last century into a beast of its own creation. As legendary VC Bill Gurley put it in an interview this past week with Ezra Klein of Vox, it’s as though “the system is just designed to grow, and to get bigger on top of itself.”