This paper, though written almost ten years ago, foreshadows the creation of Alphabet, the emergence of lobbying at the federal level, and making it all about the patents and the algorithms. Click here for the full article →
Clearly, I know talent when I see it. Ms. Liss-Riordan continues to kick Uber ass, this time getting major quotage in the Washington Post. The Uber suit has legs as you can read in the article.
My feelings on Uber are mixed. I have only used UberX.
The price cannot be matched, nor can the convenience. It’s as if the taxi industry forgot everything about customer service known to man, so the argument could easily be made that Uber was self-inflicted by the taxi industry upon itself.
I’ve done about a dozen UberX rides (one in London – best price to Heathrow ever) and I’ve only had one bad ride, where the driver had no clue, didn’t pick me up where I thought he would at the airport, and took the long way home. In all cases, my drivers were immigrants from a wide swathe of countries – Ethiopia, Somalia, Croatia, Iraq, Iran, Senegal, and others. Some were fresh out of school, some middle-aged, some ex-livery drivers seeking more independence and better hours. In all but one case, they relied on income other than Uber – the driving was supplementary. Most of my drivers worked for holding companies, not for themselves.
This is a blog post I made a little over two years ago, when I sat next to Ron Kind, a Democratic Congressman on his way home to Wisconsin from Washington, DC. Read it and tell me if I saw it coming. This is the second of two parts. Click here for the full article →
Yeah. Uber and its puke minion management think they are tough, but they aren’t that tough nor that brilliant when it comes to messing with employees who they conveniently characterize as independent contractors instead of employees. That’s the gist of the class action lawsuit a judge is letting some of the drivers join. They can roll Silicon Valley cabbies, but they are not going to mess with Shannon Liss-Riordan, who remains my favorite attorney ever. She’s representing Uber drivers in their quest for fair play, equal treatment, and money.
I’ve used UberX and I love it. In some parts of the country, like San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, they are absolutely key, the cab service here sucks, especially if you are depending on a pickup at a certain time, like 5:30am in the morning for a transfer to San Jose Mineta. The UberX guys, enterprising all by definition, hang out at a local Peet’s Coffee waiting for an early morning ride. Everything is automated. Everything is new infrastructure. No tips are solicited. Price and convenience have trumped Yellow Cabs faster than the market for Apple Newton accessories.
In some social circles, admitting a love for wrestling or cage fighting is a form of intellectual suicide, the moral equivalent of lighting a Camel no-filter in an aircraft lavatory. Click here for the full article →