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‘We Know Them. We Trust Them.’ Uber and Airbnb Alumni Fuel Tech’s Next Wave.
This is going to be cool to see, but also has a certain ick-factor I can’t shake. The system is fundamentally broken, even if I’ve benefitted from it.
investing  uber_mafia  business  airbnb  venture_capital  startups  vc  investments  uber 
march 2019 by alexpriest
Own the Demand – Florent Crivello
Last point is the strongest. “Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall reckons Google will pay $9B to Apple this year to remain iOS’ default search engine — an amount that could go up to $12B next year (source). By comparison, Microsoft’s search engine Bing generated $1.7B in revenue in 2017. So Apple’s “search engine business” is roughly 5x as big as Microsoft’s — all while, you know, having no actual search engine.”
apple  demand  tech  technology  business  supply  economics  google  uber 
november 2018 by alexpriest
The World of Rated People: Inside the Dystopian Future of Social Credit Scores | GQ
So, so good. And funny. And real.

“As the world of peer-to-peer rating grows and our reputation increasingly becomes our currency, I worry that we'll enter a new era in which empty niceties and brutal judgments reign—and where any pissed-off person can torpedo your social value. But if the future consists of walking on digital eggshells, maybe the guard against that is to be more vulnerable with the people we do know. The benefits of opening ourselves up to criticism could offset the very ways in which technology is making us more superficial. I'd like to think that if this survey did anything—outside of improving my therapist's job security—it helped me be a better human, even if just marginally so.”
culture  uber  funny  how_we_learn  reputation  gq  rating  how_we_live 
july 2018 by alexpriest
Bob Lutz: Kiss the good times goodbye
So interesting.

“The tipping point will come when 20 to 30 percent of vehicles are fully autonomous. Countries will look at the accident statistics and figure out that human drivers are causing 99.9 percent of the accidents.

Of course, there will be a transition period. Everyone will have five years to get their car off the road or sell it for scrap or trade it on a module.”
uber  cars  self_driving_cars  tech  business  technology  transportation  culture  public_transit  how_we_live 
november 2017 by alexpriest
Why We Don’t Vote With Our Wallets
“There are hundreds of explanations for our inconsistency, according to Julie Irwin, a professor at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin, who studies ethical consumerism. “It’s just really hard to think about this stuff,” she said. “It’s uncomfortable; people need to get on with their day. It’s not that they don’t care. People who care more are often more inconsistent with their values. It just upsets them more.””
boycott  corporate_culture  culture  corporate_social_responsibility  business  uber  protest 
october 2017 by alexpriest
Good summary of "Uberworld" in today's landscape.
future  tech  business  cities  uber 
september 2016 by alexpriest
When Uber Leaves
So Interesting. Easy to underestimate the impact... until it happens.
cities  policy  tech  culture  uber  ridesharing  regulation 
august 2016 by alexpriest
Zen And The Art Of Uber Driving | Co.Exist | ideas + impact
Fascinating perspective. "I think of Uber as a modern-day version of the Works Progress Administration during the Depression. Thanks to Uber, I am not poor. I am just . . . nobody."
uber  startups  business  tech  culture  sf 
august 2016 by alexpriest
“K I Get Uber”
"Right now we’re chatting in apps, but have to go to other apps to fulfill the actions being talked about. That not only doesn’t make sense, it’s quite laborious."
uber  tech  chat  bots 
june 2016 by alexpriest
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s Gridlock Solution? Carpools For All
"A city that embraces shared modes of transportation will be a city where people spend less time stuck in traffic or looking for a parking space, a city where people will spend less of their income on cars and commutes, a city that lives and breathes more easily."
uber  cities  tech 
june 2016 by alexpriest

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