While Silicon Valley is obsessed with electric scooters and Model 3 deliveries, France is quietly building a completely new vehicle class. XYT is a modular, customizable electric car with only 580 parts.
Electric vehicles today mimic traditional gas-powered vehicles: design, production and delivery processes are inefficient and outdated.
The XYT’s 580 parts can be transported and assembled locally. This creates new opportunities for upgrades and customizations, particularly for international markets.
I remember when I saw my first “ute” in Australia. Holden is famous for their utility vehicles specifically designed for Australian culture. “Chuck your in the back of the ute” is unique to AU. XYT has the potential to unlock customizations like this globally.
The XYT be easily customized into a number of new vehicle types including delivery & utility vehicles. This creates new ways for companies to reduce logistics costs and own the delivery process up to 200 kilometers.
The most exciting thing about XYT is its open source platform. Renault released the first major open source platform at CES 2017. The XYT platform is fully customizable across car capabilities and connected services.
I’d love to connect with founders who are working on hardware and software in urban mobility and transportation to learn more about the space.
I recently had a very heartfelt conversation with a founder who is working on a new gaming company. As we were going through the pitch he said, “I’m not curing cancer.” This is a common lie that we tell ourselves. So I told him my story:
When my dad was a kid, he was diagnosed with leukemia. He dropped out of school, my grandmother quit her job and they moved across the country so he could get treatment at St. Jude.
My dad can tell you a million stories about his experience, but most are related to the board games he played, snacks he ate and friends he made. When you’re sick, you need distractions to keep your spirits up. My dad frequently says he wished he had video games.
Fast forward to early 90s. Due to years of cancer treatment, my dad needs a heart transplant. We waited a long time for a heart and ultimately my dad gets on the list for an artificial heart at UPMC. As a kid, I spent an entire summer in Pittsburgh.
The entire experience was scary. I sat for hours in waiting rooms and my only distraction was video games. I made friends with kids who were in a similar position to my dad. We played Mario for hours and as a result, I believe in video games, silly apps, etc.
As a founder, you may never know the impact you have on the lives of individual users. There is so much more to life than curing cancer. Anything that makes someone smile & feel better about their current situation is worth building.
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