How A.I. and a New Generation of Upstarts are Creating the Economy of the Future
By Hemant Taneja
The most successful startups of the present and future are turning the old rule on its head - bigger is not always better.
'A thought-provoking look at the technology that is changing the world of business and the benefits, pitfalls, and challenges for society as a whole.' -- Kenneth I. Chenault, former chief executive officer, American Express Company
Throughout the twentieth century, technology and economics drove a dominant logic: bigger was almost always better. It was smart to scale up - to take advantage of classic economies of scale.
But in the unscaled economy, size and scale have become a liability. Today's most successful companies - Uber, Airbnb, Amazon, Salesforce - have defied the traditional 'economies of scale' approach by renting scale instead of spending vast amounts of money building it. And a new generation of upstarts is using artificial intelligence to automate tasks that once required expensive investment, enabling them to grow big without the bloat of giant organisations.
In Unscaled, Hemant Taneja convincingly shows how the unscaled economy is remaking massive, deeply-rooted industries and opening up fantastic possibilities for entrepreneurs, imaginative companies and resourceful individuals. Beyond that, it can be the model for solving some of the world's greatest problems, including climate change and soaring healthcare costs, potentially reversing many of the ills brought on by mass industrialization.
The unscale wave has only just started. To succeed in business today, companies, CEOs and leaders everywhere must unlearn what they have been taught - they must embrace an unscaled mindset.
HEMANT TANEJA is a managing director at General Catalyst, a prominent venture capital firm. Unscaling is the central investment philosophy driving his work with groundbreaking companies such as Stripe, Snap, Airbnb, and Warby Parker. Hemant is the cofounder of Advanced Energy Economy, an organization focused on transforming energy policy in America, and is a board member of Khan Academy, a nonprofit educational organization.
Additionally, he serves on the Stanford School of
Medicine Board of Fellows. Hemant teaches a course on AI, entrepreneurship, and society at Stanford University and first published on the unscaling phenomenon in the Harvard Business Review. He holds five degrees from MIT.
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27 Mar 2018
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