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May 25, 2022  |  permalink

The Fast and Furious Rise and Fall of 15-Minute Delivery

My writing-and-sparring partner Lev Kushner and I were invited to virtually present this morning to the Digital Age Tech Summit in Istanbul. Riffing off our Bloomberg CityLab essay on “the dark side of 15-minute delivery,” we mounted a case on how cities should try to regulate these services while offering better alternatives. It might all be a moot point, however. With the spigot of cheap money turned off, “quick commerce” companies like Gorillas and Getir are firing staff, cutting their losses, and scrambling to find a path to profitably, the threat to cities might be passing as quickly as it emerged.

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Greg Lindsay is a generalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is the chief communications officer at Climate Alpha, an urban tech fellow at Cornell Tech’s Jacobs Institute, , a senior fellow of MIT’s Future Urban Collectives Lab, and a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Strategy Initiative.

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