Archer and Joby in Top 100 of Business Insider’s ‘Leaders Driving Unprecedented Change and Innovation’

The influ­en­tial and esteemed media out­let, Busi­ness Insid­er, each year com­piles a ‘Top 100’ of peo­ple which it con­sid­ers are ‘the pow­er play­ers behind the most sig­nif­i­cant trends of the year’.

In the 2022 list, there are ten cat­e­gories where Trans­porta­tion has been re-intro­duced. Two lead­ers from the emerg­ing eVTOL Indus­try are named. Adam Gold­stein, CEO and co-Founder of Archer Avi­a­tion, and Eric Alli­son, Head of Prod­uct, at Joby.

Oth­ers includ­ed in the Trans­porta­tion Top 10 are: Ross Rachey, Direc­tor of Glob­al Fleet and Prod­ucts, Ama­zon; Emma Nehren­heim, Chief Envi­ron­men­tal Offi­cer, North­volt; Ted Can­nis, CEO, Ford Pro; and Sheila Remes, Vice Pres­i­dent of Envi­ron­men­tal Sus­tain­abil­i­ty, Boe­ing.

Adam Gold­stein CEO and Co-founder, Archer Avi­a­tion

(cred­it: Jeramie Camp­bell)

In 2021, Archer Avi­a­tion raised close to $900 mil­lion as it went pub­lic via a SPAC deal. Over the past year, Adam Gold­stein has been putting that mon­ey to work.

Gold­stein tells Insid­er, “We’re the first ones to push the indus­try towards think­ing about a busi­ness mod­el rather than just a cool piece of tech. It’s real­ly just an elec­tric air­plane, so it’s actu­al­ly not that crazy.”

Like its peer, Joby Avi­a­tion, Archer antic­i­pates using the air­craft to con­nect pas­sen­gers to longer flights on air­lin­ers. But Gold­stein also sees an oppor­tu­ni­ty to replace some of what he said are the 50,000 heli­copters in use around the world.

He explains to Insid­er that putting a dent in the heli­copter mar­ket would require a scale of man­u­fac­tur­ing that the avi­a­tion indus­try isn’t used to. Gold­stein con­tin­ues, “There has nev­er real­ly been, out­side of World War II, a large demand case for lots of air­planes.”

Archer has linked up with Stel­lan­tis, the automak­er formed from the 2021 merg­er of Fiat Chrysler and Peu­geot. Gold­stein com­ments that while the avi­a­tion indus­try mea­sures pro­duc­tion tasks, such as paint­ing an exte­ri­or, in days, Stel­lan­tis mea­sures them in hours.

Eric Alli­son, Head of Prod­uct, Joby Avi­a­tion

(cred­it: Joby Avi­a­tion)

Eric Alli­son arrived at Joby after the fly­ing taxi com­pa­ny acquired Uber Ele­vate in late 2020. He asks Insid­er, “What will it take to get peo­ple on board — fig­u­ra­tive­ly and lit­er­al­ly — with fly­ing taxis?” Alli­son is con­cern­ing him­self with “all of the things that wrap around the air­craft that are going to allow us to bring it to mar­ket.”

That means con­nect­ing a flight in a Joby eVTOL with oth­er trans­porta­tion ser­vices like com­mer­cial air trav­el. It also means nav­i­gat­ing FAA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and oth­er red tape to get its ver­ti­ports con­struct­ed and oper­a­tional while trans­form­ing heli­ports, and then con­vinc­ing the pub­lic not using the air­craft to be OK with them fly­ing above their heads.

He says, “Back when I start­ed doing this, there was a bunch of peo­ple and it was kind of wild ideas and and not much else. We’re now deep into the march toward cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and com­mer­cial launch and it could­n’t be more excit­ing.”

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