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Robo-taxi aggregation Waymo now has two CEOs

Take me to your leader(s).

Waymo CEO John Krafcik today stepped down from his administration position at the Google sister company. According to an email posted to the company’s blog, he’ll advance an advising role. Replacing him will be not one, but two Waymo executives: former COO Tekedra Mawakana and former CTO Dmtri Dolgov.

The timing of Krafcik’s abandonment is notable in that the company’s entering a new phase of development. Waymo was reportedly planning to expand its beginning robo-taxi account before the communicable struck. But, now that there’s a vaccine-shaped light at the end of the tunnel, we can expect the Waymo One robotaxi account and Waymo Via, an free commitment service, to get a big push.

What’s most absorbing here is the company’s accommodation to go with co-CEOs instead of allotment a single candidate. So far, the only hint we have as to the “why” of it all comes from Krafcik’s email:

Waymo’s new co-CEOs bring commutual skill sets and adventures – most afresh as COO and CTO appropriately – and have already been alive calm in close affiliation for years in top controlling positions at Waymo. Dmitri and Tekedra have my full aplomb and support, and of course, the full aplomb of Waymo’s board and Alphabet leadership.

The two CEO action isn’t new here. Last year Netflix animated its head of agreeable strategy, Ted Sarandos, to the co-CEO position alongside longtime-CEO Reed Hastings. And, so far, it seems like things are alive out for the big N. But, on the other hand, Salesforce tried the same thing with Keith Block and Marc Benioff and it wasn’t the success the aggregation hoped it would be.

Waymo’s business model works a bit more like Netflix than Salesforce though. Where Salesforce is a massive aggregation that does a bunch of altered things under the awning of “cloud-based software services,” Netflix can split itself into two audible models: making stuff and alive stuff.

And, when it comes to Waymo, we see a two-pronged access where the company’s focus is split amid B2B offerings such as fleets and turn-key free commitment solutions and consumer-facing endeavors such as robo-taxis and B2C last-mile delivery services.

It’ll be alluring to see how it all  plays out over the next few years. And, with any luck, we’ll all be account about the new administration team’s many successes from the safety and abundance of a fully-autonomous agent in the near future.

Published April 2, 2021 — 18:13 UTC

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