Companies such as Lime, Bird and JUMP have proven there is an interest in the market for shared, alternative transportation such as e-scooters and bikes. But as time flew by, city dwellers started getting annoyed as users would leave units littered along random sidewalks and streets, other units would be left vandalized or stolen and distribution of existing units would be so speckled that none are found where people need them the most. It seems the perfect solution is not yet out.
These companies have been the stepping stone of the dockless micro-mobility era, but over the past couple years it has become evident that drastic changes in business models need to be made if we want people to adopt and benefit from such services. It seems these companies have lost their focus somewhere along the way and have forgotten the big impact the dockless micro-mobility revolution could make in helping communities.
A New Idea
Share the ownership and profits of dockless micro-mobility fleets with the locals. A fresh startup by the name of Bewee is making a bet on strengthening the bond between dockless mobility organizations and the locals within their communities through shared ownership.
The folks at Bewee are betting on the following: If e-scooter & dockless bike fleets are co-owned with locals, they’ll be better distributed, there’ll be less friction with government legislators and there’ll be less incidences of vandalism and theft.
Bewee is essentially building a “Community-Owned Mobility Ecosystem” to successfully bridge dockless micro-mobility solutions with the communities in which they will operate by creating 1.) a peer-to-peer matchmaking app where owners will be able to post their vehicles so users can rent them and 2.) create an online fleet management dashboard where owners can manage higher numbers of units and keep tabs on their revenue.
Blockchain as a Future Horizon
As an initial approach, Bewee will make its developments using standard centralized technologies to manage services. However, they are keeping in mind a future horizon where Blockchain technology could enable a truly decentralized approach for the Bewee ecosystem.
Why blockchain? Dockless micro-mobility platforms such as Bird are already working with decentralized gamified ecosystems where users themselves can become chargers, mechanics, or even hunters. If Bewee proposes an even more community-driven platform where users themselves can also own the fleet, then according to them it would be natural to render trust through smart contracts and a decentralized ecosystem.
About the Bewee Founder
Lucas Uema explained in an interview with The Silicon Valley Post how his childhood passion mixed with his background are what’s driving him to build Bewee. Lucas, originally from Argentina, began his career in Tel Aviv Israel interning at a gaming company. Originally majoring in Industrial Design, he later ended up working for a San Francisco based mobile game developer where he found himself deeply immersed in managing Blockchain projects for the gaming ecosystem.
Since he was eight years old, Lucas started forming a passion to build vehicles. By the time he was fifteen, he designed and built his own unicycle, which he would later sell to local stores. Lucas is now bridging his childhood passion and professional background to develop Bewee, which is currently in its early stages.
We met Lucas through Flow House in Sunnyvale. He is currently looking for developers and investors interested in making dockless micro-mobility distributed and better shared for everyone. Here at The Silicon Valley Post we have a warm heart for entrepreneurs at all stages and wanted to lend a hand in making dreamers like Lucas known. If interested in getting involved, feel free to contact Lucas directly…
*** Final Note ***
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About the Editor: Jason Weber is a Software Professional, Founder of Flow House™ and Founding Member of Flow Enterprises LLC. He’s worked for Amazon, HP and Intel Corporation with several issued patents in the digital product space. Contributing Editor & Investor of The Silicon Valley Post. He’s into practical Zen, the Flow State, High-Tech & the Hustle.
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