Take me to your chief(s).
Waymo CEO John Krafcik right this moment stepped down from his management place on the Google sister firm. In response to an electronic mail posted to the company’s blog, he’ll keep an advisory function. Changing him shall be not one, however two Waymo executives: former COO Tekedra Mawakana and former CTO Dmtri Dolgov.
The timing of Krafcik’s departure is notable in that the corporate’s getting into a brand new section of improvement. Waymo was reportedly planning to increase its budding robo-taxi service earlier than the pandemic struck. However, now that there’s a vaccine-shaped mild on the finish of the tunnel, we will anticipate the Waymo One robotaxi service and Waymo Via, an autonomous supply service, to get an enormous push.
What’s most attention-grabbing right here is the corporate’s determination to go together with co-CEOs as an alternative of selecting a single candidate. Thus far, the one trace we now have as to the “why” of all of it comes from Krafcik’s electronic mail:
Waymo’s new co-CEOs convey complementary talent units and experiences – most not too long ago as COO and CTO respectively – and have already been working collectively in shut partnership for years in high govt positions at Waymo. Dmitri and Tekedra have my full confidence and assist, and naturally, the complete confidence of Waymo’s board and Alphabet management.
The 2 CEO technique isn’t new right here. Final yr Netflix elevated its head of content material technique, Ted Sarandos, to the co-CEO place alongside longtime-CEO Reed Hastings. And, to this point, it looks as if issues are figuring out for the large N. However, however, Salesforce tried the identical factor with Keith Block and Marc Benioff and it wasn’t the success the corporate hoped it might be.
Waymo’s enterprise mannequin works a bit extra like Netflix than Salesforce although. The place Salesforce is a large firm that does a bunch of various issues beneath the umbrella of “cloud-based software program providers,” Netflix can break up itself into two distinct fashions: making stuff and streaming stuff.
And, on the subject of Waymo, we see a two-pronged method the place the corporate’s focus is break up between B2B choices equivalent to fleets and turn-key autonomous supply options and consumer-facing endeavors equivalent to robo-taxis and B2C last-mile supply providers.
It’ll be fascinating to see the way it all performs out over the following few years. And, with a bit of luck, we’ll all be studying concerning the new management workforce’s many successes from the protection and luxury of a fully-autonomous automobile within the close to future.
Revealed April 2, 2021 — 18:13 UTC