Unscaled: How AI and a New Generation of Upstarts Are Creating the Economy of the Future

Unscaled: How AI and a New Generation of Upstarts Are Creating the Economy of the Future


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Unscaled identifies the forces that are reshaping the global economy and turning one of the fundamental laws of business and society—the economies of scale—on its head.

An innovative trend combining technology with economics is unraveling behemoth industries—including corporations, banks, farms, media conglomerates, energy systems, governments, and schools-that have long dominated business and society. Size and scale have become a liability. A new generation of upstarts is using artificial intelligence to automate tasks that once required expensive investment, and "renting" technology platforms to build businesses for hyper-focused markets, enabling them to grow big without the bloat of giant organizations.

In Unscaled, venture capitalist Hemant Taneja explains how the unscaled phenomenon allowed Warby Parker to cheaply and easily start a small company, build a better product, and become a global competitor in no time, upending entrenched eyewear giant Luxottica. It similarly enabled Stripe to take on established payment processors throughout the world, and Livongo to help diabetics control their disease while simultaneously cutting the cost of treatment. The unscaled economy is remaking massive, deeply rooted industries and opening up fantastic possibilities for entrepreneurs, imaginative companies, and resourceful individuals. It can be the model for solving some of the world's greatest problems, including climate change and soaring health-care costs, but will also unleash new challenges that today's leaders must address.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610398121
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,212,664
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Hemant Taneja is a managing director at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm with offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, New York City, and Boston. In his civic life, he has co-founded Advanced Energy Economy, an organization focused on transforming energy policy in America, is a board member of Khan Academy, a non-profit educational organization, and serves on the Stanford School of Medicine Board of Fellows. He also lectures at MIT and Stanford University and has published articles about the unscaling phenomenon in the Harvard Business Review and on TechCrunch.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Birth of a New Era, Right Now

1 The Great Unscaling 3

2 The AI Century 25

Part 2 The Global Rewrite

3 Energy: Your Home Will Have Its Own Clean Power Plant 49

4 Healthcare: Genomics and AI Will Enable Prolonged Health 71

5 Education: Lifelong Learning for Dynamic and Passionate Work 93

6 Finance: Digital Money and Financial Health for All 109

7 Media: Content You Love Will Find You 125

8 Consumer Products: Everything You Buy Will Be Exactly What You Want 139

Part 3 Choices for a Good Outcome

9 Policy: Profound Decisions to Have a Good AI Century 157

10 The Corporation: Charting an Unscaled Future for Scaled Enterprises 173

11 The Individual: Living Your Life as a Personal Enterprise 185

Acknowledgments 195

Notes 197

Index 211

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