The future of mobility.
For the fourth day of the Automotive Tour, we kicked the day off at Gigster. These last couple of days have been tremendously inspiring as plenty of idea’s are already bubbling up. These ideas eventually need to be developed in an app, website, community,… you name it! That’s where Gigster comes in! They only recruit the top 10X developers – being defined as 10 x faster, 10 x better, 10 x smarter. The kind of people to work for Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon. But who – depending on how they stand in life – doesn’t? They’re the type of people that live in different countries, work in different time zones, with/without colleagues, on a beach, in an office, work on different aspirational projects. Gigster’s unique approach is to use Artificial Intelligence to link the right developers from their pool with over 1000 dev’s to the right projects. Together they are able to develop an impressive range of technologies. Customers range from start-ups that seek to develop minimum viable/awesome products to the big tech companies. They’re heavily funded. We already met them last year at Andreessen-Horowitz, the most renowned VC in Silicon Valley. Recently, they’ve raised a series B round with i.e. Michael Jordan, Marc Benioff, next to the existing investors.
Our next stop was a real treat as well! Ridecell has been in the market for quite some time now. They had started up by doing their own ride sharing solution, but then Uber came along. Competition was fierce and Ridecell decided to pivot. They started focussing on further advancing their platform. Allowing it to be white-labelled. BMW i.e. uses it for DriveNow and ReachNow. They also see a huge shift going on in the automotive…. autonomous is on the horizon, electricity is the way, the internal combustion engine is done for. But also the ripple effect will be huge…what about the gas stations, what about the trucks bringing the gas, and so on. Not easy to hear if you’re in the business, but slowly but surely, we’re starting to see all the opportunities it will bring. We finished the day with a live demo at ridecell. Opening and starting the car and the engine through apps. Connecting with the backends of the OEM’s. Afterwards, the people from ridecell were so enthusiastic, they took us to a nearby bar to treat us on good old Belgian beers 🙂! Everybody in our group shared the enthusiasm for their system.
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