Posts Tagged ‘transportation’

Innovations in transport business models across Europe

Spotted outside the Zuid Park Business Center in Amsterdam, this is a taxi stand cum charging station for electric vehicles. And its not the only one, as I saw the same taxis waiting at Schiphol airport. They were asking half the price of a regular taxi for the trip to the center of town.

In the same parking lot, I also noticed these Smart cars from the Car2Go service, a pay for use rental car service. A similar service is also becoming popular in Tallinn, Estonia where you can access the vehicle directly via your mobile phone. Rent instead of purchase business models are popping up all over. Below is the line of bicycles waiting for customers in Barcelona – the only downside here is that registration for this service is limited only to ID holding residents of the city.

Mind you, the urban pay as you use bicycle concept is not new, though ubiquitious but the cafe/bar below is certainly different even though it won’t get you anywhere ;p

Observations on emerging opportunities in upcountry Kenya

Louis Majanja is a photographer who maintains the wonderful ‘Daily Struggle‘ photoblog capturing life in and around Nairobi and Kenya and his latest post captured not only my imagination but also the changes he’s observed upcountry in his rural home region when he went back for the holidays.  Here, I want to share that insight with you:

Photo Credit: "Daily Struggle" by Louis Majanja

He writes:

The signs on the premise speak of 3 different phenomenons that are reshaping rural life in Kenya – Cycle parts, Mobile repair, and New Kinyozi (barber shop)  represent  3 businesses that would not have existed 10, even 5 years ago. The spread of inexpensive Chinese motorcycles, has improved rural mobility dramatically, cheaper cellphones have improved communication and rural electrification is is enabling new businesses and new businesses are growing around this new opportunities.