Taxi 4.0 - The Post-Uber Era

September 29, 2015
Hosted by Nancy Lin

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The medium salary for U.S. Taxi drivers is only $33,034, according to Under threat from Uber and driverless cars, the traditional taxi industry is facing a bleak future. In this episode, I will speak with Dr. Sheng-Tsung Hou, the Director at the Center for Service Innovation and Mobility Design (SIMD), who has spent years studying the taxi industry in Singapore, Taiwan and Japan. We will discuss the innovative system in Singapore which Uber emulated as well as the turnaround story of a Taiwanese taxi company that became the first ride-hailing firm in the world to go IPO. He will share his thoughts on Uber's next move and what taxi companies can do to compete in a world of increasing digitalization and monopolies.


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Nancy Lin

Nancy Lin is an executive coach, a business consultant and the founder of Change Agent SF ( She works with leaders at fast-growing companies to transform the way they look at their business and leadership. She helps companies align people strategy with their business strategy. Nancy brings to her executive coaching and podcast a strong understanding of business, having worked for Yahoo, DHL, Johnson & Johnson and Pepsi. Her insightful probing approach and passion to unleash potential helped companies uncover hidden opportunities, topple conventional thinking and achieve growth in US and international markets. Through the online radio show, she continues to encourage innovative thinking and empowers the audience to overcome their business challenges.

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John “Jay” Rogers

John “Jay” Rogers is President, CEO and Co-Founder of Local Motors, a next-generation American car company that is changing the way cars are designed, built, purchased and owned. Local Motors is home to the first global community dedicated to co-creative automotive innovation, and manufacturer of the Rally Fighter, the first co-created, open source vehicle. The company’s innovative development process has garnered global attention from government and industry leaders including DARPA, BMW, Peterbilt, Shell and Domino’s Pizza, as well as global media outlets like Fox, CNNB, CNN, Wired, Top Gear, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal. Jay grew up a lover of cars and a student of the industry; his grandfather owned the legendary Indian Motorcycle Company and was the first Cummins Engine Distributor in the United States. Rogers is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School, and veteran of US Marine Corps. View Guest page

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Paul Saarinen

Paul Saarinen is the founder and CEO of Miinome, the first member controlled, portable human genomic marketplace. He has over 15 years of experience in digital data aggregation, analytics, data visualization, online strategy, social marketing, and interactive planning and strategy. He founded and led a privately held digital agency, established two international digital strategy practices, and has been a principal in two technology startups in social media automation and online engagement. Paul has presented at numerous high ¬profile conferences on big data, social-environmental data integration and healthcare, and has been quoted in television, digital and print news media, and has contributed to published books and papers on the future of digital marketing and advertising. View Guest page

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Will Sarni

Practice Leader, Enterprise Water Strategy|Sustainability Deloitte Consulting LLP

Will Sarni provides environmental and sustainability consulting services to private- and public-sector enterprises with a focus on developing and implementing corporate-wide sustainability and water strategies. He has managed projects in North America, Europe and Asia, advising some of the world’s most recognizable companies and NGOs. Sarni has worked with a range of companies, university technology transfer offices and startups to evaluate the technical viability and market potential of innovative water technologies and in supporting M&A programs. He is the author of “Corporate Water Strategies” (Earthscan 2011, and in Chinese by Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press 2013); “Water Tech–A Guide to Innovation Investment, and Business Opportunities in the Water Sector” (Routledge 2013); and is working on “21st Century Growth: Beyond the Energy–Water–Food Nexus” (Dō Sustainability 2015). View Guest page

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Dr. Darren Schulte

Dr. Schulte is president and chief medical officer of Apixio. Located in the Silicon Valley, Apixio provides innovative solutions to health plans, health systems and provider organizations using a platform which extracts and analyzes multi-modal data from diverse electronic sources for optimal risk assessment and care delivery. Dr. Schulte has 10 years of academic and industry experience in clinical and payer analytics. Prior to joining Apixio, he served in executive leadership roles at Alere, Anvita Health, and Resolution Health. While at Resolution Health, Dr. Schulte led the development of 25 evidence-based measures endorsed by the National Quality Forum for ambulatory care quality measurement. Dr. Schulte speaks frequently on the topics of healthcare IT, quality measurement and risk adjustment. He earned his Medical Degree from Stanford University and his Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard. Dr. Schulte trained in Internal Medicine at UCSF. View Guest page

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Mimi Halper Silbert

The dynamic force behind Delancey Street is its President & CEO, Dr. Mimi Halper Silbert. Although she does not share the same background as her fellow residents, she lives at Delancey Street, abides by its rules, and takes no salary. Her tenacious spirit and unlimited energy have built an organization unique in its entrepreneurial and self-governing structure. Her dedication in enacting her vision of an educational community of change has inspired residents to break their destructive cycles and take responsibility for themselves and others. Dr. Silbert has garnered national and international attention for her achievement at Delancey Street, demonstrating her belief that the people who are the problem can, themselves, become the solution. As a result of her pioneering work, Silbert and Delancey have received numerous awards. From the academic world she has been awarded ten (10) Honorary Doctorate Degrees including Brandeis, UMass, Golden Gate University, San Francisco State University, and will be receiving an 11th degree from Ben Gurion University in Israel. She was awarded UC Berkeley's prestigious Alumni of the Year (1991) along with being named one of 100 Berkeley Fellows, an Honorific Society. She has also received the President's Medallions from both University of San Francisco (1995) and UC San Francisco (2001). View Guest page

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Doug Solomon

Doug Solomon is an IDEO Fellow and innovation consultant. For the past five years, Doug was Chief Technology Officer at IDEO, working to leverage technologies that create both business and social value. With more than 25 years of leadership experience, Doug has a particular interest in collaborative technologies that enable greater community engagement and transform organizations. He currently focuses on health and wellness, technology, innovation and business development. Prior to joining IDEO, he was vice president of investments at Omidyar Network, where he helped pioneer a new approach to socially impactful investing. He was
also senior vice president of corporate development and chief strategy officer at both Apple and Palm, and he held leadership positions at a Paul Allen-owned technology incubator, and several start-ups. He began his career working on public health programs in Asia, applying business principles for social change. Doug is a volunteer chaplain at Stanford Hospital and advises many social impact organizations. He holds a master’s degree from the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. View Guest page

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Dr. Pamela Tenaerts

As Executive Director of the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI), Dr. Tenaerts implements strategies to accomplish CTTI’s mission to improve quality and efficiency of clinical trials by engaging all stakeholders equally. Dr. Tenaerts practiced medicine in the emergency department and private practice setting. She served as the European coordinator of the GUSTO study at the K.U. Leuven, and later as the North American coordinator at Duke University Medical Center. Subsequently, she held a position at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where she directed a multi-specialty centralized clinical trials office over ten years. Most recently Dr. Tenaerts oversaw European operations for CoAxia, a medical device company. She received a MD degree from K.U. Leuven, Belgium, and a MBA from the University of South Florida. She sits on the expert advisory group for the MIT collaborative initiatives on the clinical trial process and is a frequent speaker on the topic of transforming Clinical Trials. View Guest page

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Alex Thomasson

Alex Thomasson has conducted research in precision-agriculture related fields for over 25 years. His research has generally involved sensing needs such as monitoring crop yield during harvest. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky and started his career as a research engineer with USDA. He subsequently spent several years on the faculty at Mississippi State University and has been a Professor of Biological & Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University since 2005, teaching courses in machinery and electronics. Dr. Thomasson is a registered Professional Engineer and a 25-year member of the American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers (ASABE). He has served as Associate Editor for ASABE’s scientific journals, Transactions of the ASABE and Applied Engineering in Agriculture. Dr. Thomasson has won several research awards and holds a patent on an optical mass-flow sensor for cotton, and he has authored or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles. View Guest page

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Jeffrey Travis

Jeffrey Travis is an award-winning film director, writer, producer, and speaker. He received a Master’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. After starting a software company and authoring several books on graphical programming, Jeffrey moved into filmmaking in 2002. His debut short film, What’s Wrong with This Picture?, went on to play at over 40 film festivals, and caught the attention of 20th Century FOX, who hired him to write and direct a television pilot presentation. His film Flatland The Movie (2007), an animated sci-fi film starring the voices of Martin Sheen, Kristen Bell, Tony Hale, and Michael York, has been seen by over 1 million children in classrooms around the country. Currently, Jeffrey is in post-production for his debut feature film Dragon Day, a timely political thriller about a family surviving a devastating cyber-attack by China on the United States when the country defaults on its debt. View Guest page

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Anson Tsui

Hi there, Anson here. Currently I'm working at Silicon Valley food-tech start-up SpoonRocket as Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder. As long as you're not a marketer or recruiter, I'm always open to chatting or grabbing coffee just to bounce ideas or talk about life, so please reach out! Writing is therapeutic for me and the goal of writing the blog (AnsonTsui dot com) really just for me to release the intellectual/creative energy inside, so forgive me of any typos and grammatical mistakes, because you know, everybody makes mistakes. Also, my 2 favorite apps currently are Level Money and Trello. Thanks for stopping by. View Guest page

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Michael Weinberg

Michael Weinberg is IP and General Counsel at Shapeways. He is the author of “It Will Be Awesome If They Don’t Screw It Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology” (2010), "What's the Deal with Copyright and 3D Printing?" (2013), and "3 Steps for Licensing Your 3D Printed Stuff" (2015), whitepapers that examine the intersection of 3D printing and intellectual property law. Michael regularly discusses 3D printing law and policy issues with the media and at public events. He is also the president of the board of the Open Source Hardware Association. View Guest page

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Mark Winter

Mark Winter is Senior Director of the Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE and Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE. He has more than 30 years of management experience in high technology, information services and health informatics. He was most recently a founder and Executive Vice President of Gluco Fitness Center, Inc. which provides wireless blood glucose and physiological monitoring of people with diabetes. Previously he served as the CEO of Simulis LLC which provided simulation-based training and assessment services to large healthcare systems. Mr. Winter began his career in design and marketing at Apple, Adobe Systems, Lucid and Compression Laboratories. He later served as Vice President of Corporate Development for Continental Graphics Holdings, Inc. He then served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development for e-SIM, Inc., a leading provider of software simulation tools for embedded systems such as cellular phones and other hand-held electronics. View Guest page

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Tina Wong

Tina Wong, Director of Marketing, Metromile. Tina is a marketing and brand strategist who has experience across a variety of industries, having worked at Nestle, POM Wonderful, Safeway, and Intuit, before coming to tech start-up Metromile. She holds 3 degrees from UCLA, including a Masters in Physiology and an MBA. Prior to forging her career in brand management, Tina co-authored a paper in Developmental Brain Research and worked in healthcare consulting. View Guest page

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