For those of us old enough to remember, the term “Door to Door” evokes memories sales people knocking on our doors selling every imaginable good or service. Well before my time, the Fuller Brush Sales Man conveyed the archetype of the can-do, entrepreneurial spirit of our country (and yes, the company remains in business, having opened shop in 1906).
Fast-forward to the 21st century, and the concept of delivering a product or service Door to Door will soon mean 15 minutes from mouse click (or phone tap) to drone delivery at your doorstep. How did we get here? Where are we going, and at what cost (socio-economic, environment, our very notions of time and space)?
Here’s this month’s discussion starter list …
- Book: Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation – Edward Humes
- Article: Why replacing the bus with Uber is actually pretty smart – The Week
- Article: The Digital Health Update by Paul Sonnier, Aug 11, 2016 – #234 (on the implications of self-driving cars and health)
- Article: From Seattle it came: How Jeff Bezos is taking over the world – Boston Globe
- Article: – Quartz: From roadside trading to hipster supermarkets, how we buy food reflects the state of the economy
- a16z Podcast: Where’s My Stuff? — The Lowdown on Logistics and Ops