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3 people to follow

At KLM, Marco and I send out a monthly e-mail with some of the best things we came across that month. In one of the version I linked to 3 people I really like to follow, because what they share often sparks your thinking.

Auke Hoekstra, Researcher
Auke is a researcher at the TU in Eindhoven and has a strong vision on electricity and vehicles.

In 2040 Norway wants all short haul flights (leaving the airport) to be electric. In this series of tweets Auke describes the idea.

What if it could be done?

There is quite a big network effect when it succeeds. Planes that do not pollute, are silent and have a shorter runway can be much closer to cities and have less limitations. It’s one of these moments where a technological innovation can have a big impact on the the playing field.

Auke on Twitter

Ben Thompson, Strategist
I’m a big fan of the Stratechery website, where Ben Thompson share his ideas and dissects a tech companies strategy.

This story about Uber bundles is fascinating. It highlights how Uber boosted competitor Lyft and how Google seized the opportunity resulting in a reposition from Uber towards being a platform.

Ben Thompson on Twitter

Horace Dediu, Analist
Horace became known for analysing a lot of Apple data and becoming spot on predicting Apple related to sales and volumes.

Since some time his new object of interest is micro mobility where he analyses the need for a new form of mobility. Most ridesharing trips are short and don’t need a car.

He argued ridesharing companies would move in this direction. Hence all the bicycle and scooter start-ups flooding big cities.

And when there is a gold rush the winners are people selling pick-axes. A Chinese company called Ninebot bought Segway and is a key supplier in this new rapid growing industry.

Horace Dediu on Twitter