If you don’t know Michal Naka, you will after this episode! Michal is an expert in mobility, and I actually consider him ‘The Scooter Guy’ in comparison to The Rideshare Guy. If you really want to learn more about mobility and scooters, you won’t want to miss this episode.
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- Today I’m chatting with Michal Naka
- Speciality is mobility and scooters
- We’ll be talking about mobility, scooters, car-share, and more today
- 2020 – the year of regulation? We’ll talk about it, and global mobility too!
Intro to Michal Naka
- Leads Partner Products at Ride Report
- Works with mobility providers and cities around the world
- Writes the newsletter Movements (sign up below) – focuses on mobility, infrastructure, software
- Saw a market and interest from people in the mobility, scooter space
What Will 2020 and Beyond Bring to Mobility?
- Micromobility is going to be big in 2020 and beyond – electric bikes
- Divestment of large automakers from sharing services
- Significant spending in hardware, research and development in the micromobility space
- Interesting auto manufacturers starting at the local end of the market and working up
- Didi is working on purpose-built hardware
- Electric cars – might not be the perfect rideshare vehicle, but it’s the beginning
- Trends might have started in the US, but now moving globally
Entrepreneurs + Micromobility
- If you’re a company or entrepreneur interested in mobility, might want to focus on going global
- India is another huge market – high population, huge interest
- Bounce Share out of Bangalore – crossed 100k trips per day with mopeds!
- Need more entrepreneurs – not more regulation
2020: Year of Regulation?
- Rideshare specifically, too much of a good thing can be bad
- Regulation is important and need to empower cities
- Can inhibit entrepreneurs and make it harder to get off the ground
- Where does food delivery fit in with mobility
- Different models – stand alone delivery companies like Postmates, DoorDash, etc.
- Uber Eats – same thing but built into other mobility stacks
- Cloud kitchens – they’re their own category but could aggregate with other food delivery services
- Thanks to Michal for coming on this episode and sharing his thoughts about mobility in 2020
- I think Michal was the perfect guest for this episode given his knowledge – he’s definitely going to have to come back on this podcast!
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