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Andy Grove: We Need Electric Cars Now

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by TEG, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

    Aug 20, 2006
    Silicon Valley
  2. chimpanzee

    chimpanzee Member

    Dec 8, 2007
    pasadena, ca
    #2 chimpanzee, Oct 18, 2008
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2008
    I recently spoke with Dr. Ed Davidson (UIUC EE prof, who became U. of Michigan EE Dept Head), who Martin plugged in UIUC Resonance newsletter. When I mentioned my idea for an R&D infrastructure initiative for Alternative Energy (NCEA/Nat'l Center for Energy Applications), which is exactly in line with Judy Estrin's call for Innovation Ecosystem, Ed pointed out that Andy Grove was making a similar call for Infrastructure. Walmart -> Health System & GE -> Electric car:

    Innovation At Big Companies -

    Memo to Andy Grove: General Electric and Wal-Mart Aren't Game Changers - Bill Taylor

    There's an interesting observation about XBD = Cross Boundary Disruption:

    AG is advocating a "giant" moving into another market, where it doesn't have the risk of a startup. The recent TM history seems to indicate issues with "inertia" in a startup, complicated by the recent Economic crisis.

    (example) Scaled Composites, Burt Ruttan

    Very similar to Martin E. & Tesla, they were looking for an Alternative Method for a new idea/product. The industry giant wasn't getting it done. BR is heavily anti- NASA (giant bureacracy who lost its direction):

    "NASA is screwing us [ Americans ] for manned space travel"
    -- Burt Ruttan

    They were a small company, found a sugar-daddy (Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder), developed a successful prototype Spaceship One. Then, they are turning to corporate giants like Virgin to take it to the market (Virgin Galactic).

    Note that Paul Allen (principal investor) didn't let his ego become disruptive ("sometimes Ego is bigger than the man"), & didn't meddle in Scaled Composites operation. This is where TM is running into issues (ego-tist outta control), which created last year's crisis (Stealth Bloodbath, Martin & company being ousted) & has similar overtones in the recent CEO change. Using the above as a model, then history dictates TM would be absorbed by a giant (resources for mass mfg) to take EV to the market. A variation of what Andy Grove was saying.
  3. malcolm

    malcolm Active Member

    Nov 12, 2006
  4. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    CA CA
  5. graham

    graham Active Member

    Dec 2, 2007
    Aptos, California
    Andy Grove pushing Intel to manufacture electric car batteries - Engadget


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