Start-Up City: Inspiring Private and Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun

November 20, 2020
Start-Up City: Inspiring Private and Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun

There has been a revolution in urban transportation over thepast five years—set off by start-ups across the US andinternationally. Sleek, legible mobility platforms are connectingpeople to cars, trains, buses, and bikes as never before, openingup a range of new transportation options while improving existingones. While many large city governments, such as Chicago, New York,and Washington, D.C., have begun to embrace creative forms andprocesses of government, most still operate under the weight of anunwieldy, risk-averse bureaucracy.With the advent of self-driving vehicles and other technologicalshifts upon us, Gabe Klein asks how we can close the gap betweenthe energized, aggressive world of start-ups and the complexbureaucracies struggling to change beyond a geologic time scale.From his experience as a food-truck entrepreneur to a ZipCarexecutive and a city transportation commissioner, Klein's careerhas focused on bridging the public-private divide, finding andcelebrating shared goals, and forging better cities with morenimble, consumer-oriented bureaucracies.In Start-Up City, Klein, with David Vega-Barachowitz,demonstrates how to affect big, directional change in cities—andhow to do it fast. Klein's objective is to inspire what he calls"public entrepreneurship," a start-up-pace energy within the publicsector, brought about by leveraging the immense resources at itsdisposal. Klein offers guidance for cutting through the morass, anda roadmap for getting real, meaningful projects done quickly andhaving fun while doing it.This book is for anyone who wants to change the way we live incities without waiting for the glacial pace of change ingovernment.