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Former Tesla president and Lyft COO Jon McNeill on what both companies have gotten right and wrong

Former Tesla president and Lyft COO Jon McNeill on what both companies have gotten right and wrong

We just lately interviewed Jon McNeill to study extra about his latest venture, a startup studio referred to as DeltaV Ventures. But we additionally wished to listen to about what it’s wish to work within Tesla and Lyft.

McNeill spent two-and-a-half years because the carmaker’s president, heading up world gross sales, advertising and marketing, supply and authorities relations earlier than heading to Lyft in early 2018, the place he served as COO for 18 months. (He left 4 months after the ride-hail firm’s IPO final yr.)

He shared his tackle his expertise at each locations, and what, from every, he’s utilizing and eschewing at DeltaV. Our dialog has been edited frivolously for size and readability.

TechCrunch: What was it like working with Elon Musk?

Jon McNeill: To me, it was fascinating. He’s the most effective practitioner of my craft as an entrepreneur. It’s exhausting to call one other entrepreneur who has began 4 corporations, all of that are value greater than $10 billion in market cap [and] a number of of that are value greater than $50 billion.

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We have been in hyper-growth mode, and there have been no playbooks. Like, actually, once I began, the corporate had about $2 billion in annual run fee income, and three years later, it had $20 billion in annual run fee income. And there are not any playbooks for that, so we have been innovating always to both attempt to get forward of that development or simply to maintain up with it.

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