The first publication of this article appeared in the Enterprise Social Network of the Serviceplan Group (September 2017). The NEW WORK group hosted there is aimed at all managers worldwide.


“Last week Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop, was one of our top speakers at the INNOVATIONDAY at Serviceplan. Hyperloop – Elon Musk’s ambitious project on how to revolutionize public transportation – is one of the most advanced NEW WORK cases currently around.

Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop, at Serviceplan’s Innovation Day 2017

I met Dirk more than a year ago and was very intrigued by his innovative approach how to capitalize on the we- intelligence of his JumpStartFund-community and how fast he could build his company while relying heavily on distributed (part time) collaboration. A true game changer.

Everybody who is prepared to work at least 10 hours a week – in exchange for stock options – can apply for a job at Hyperloop. From the initial 200 applications a team of more than 100 international engineers was selected to create a feasibility study. Today – only 3 years later – there exist 50 teams in 38 countries…counting 800+ members. Many of them are top experts in their field – working also at Harvard, MIT, Rolls Royce, Oracle, NASA, Mercedes Benz, Facebook and many more etc.

A great example of how powerful a true purpose & visionary mission can be. If this is matched with effective collaboration then everything is possible!

If you want to learn more about this NEW WORK best practice, this interview is a good starting point.”