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Careful what you wish against: Silicon Valley just rolled out a red carpet to government regulation | PandoDaily
I never thought I’d write these words: Sometimes the public markets is the best thing that can happen to a hot company. [...] Today, Uber running a different playbook than even Facebook. First, it has controlled access to liquidity much more than Facebook ever did. But, by contrast, the company’s access to capital has been an exaggeration of Facebook’s already prodigious fundraising path. Uber has wholly embraced the notion of raising gargantuan amounts of money at jaw-dropping late stage valuations as an avenue to put off an IPO, seemingly indefinitely if it wants. That should suit a CEO like Uber’s Travis Kalanick who bristles at anyone telling him how to do his job and hates government regulation. Importantly, Uber is the first unicorn of the mobile-first era. [...] Uber’s investors have exerted no pressure on the Valley darling. [...] Reckless disregard for customers.
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november 2014 by asterisk2a
The guy who accused Sarah Lacy of “playing victim” over Uber forgot to disclose he’s “bros” with the company’s two most senior execs | PandoDaily
& http://pando.com/2014/11/21/ubers-smear-machine-thinks-youre-a-total-idiot/ &! http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/22/opinion/joe-nocera-ubers-rough-ride.html "Part of the problem is that, to an unusual degree, Uber has an “us-versus-them” mentality. That attitude manifests itself when the company is fighting taxi regulations or other obstacles the taxi establishment places in its path. But it also seeps into the way it views everyone it comes into contact with, including journalists. But part of it is that there simply isn’t anybody in Silicon Valley willing to tell Uber’s principals to grow up. They have a hot company that is disrupting an outmoded industry — and, therefore, they are lionized, not matter how boorish their behavior. They are like the star football player at State U. who can get away with anything because he scores touchdowns on Saturday. Engineering talent and business savvy don’t necessarily impute maturity. &! http://bit.ly/1trLMDb
Uber  Travis  Kalanick  Silicon  Valley  subculture  jock  culture  Campus  Patriarchy  male  privilege  white  male  privilege  straight  white  male 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
Uber’s smear machine thinks you’re a total idiot | PandoDaily
"Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) -- PandoDaily Founder and Editor-In-Chief Sarah Lacy discusses Uber executive Emil Michael’s journalist comments. Lacy speaks on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg) " -- http://www.bloomberg.com/video/pandodaily-s-sarah-lacy-responds-to-uber-tFzq09hvSiGVd0W3LW5_Yw.html << min 11:00 culture comes from the top &!&! http://pando.com/2014/11/20/seth-myers-travis-kalanick-is-axe-body-spray-in-a-suit-thats-become-sentient/ “What exactly is going on with the corporate culture at Uber? … Are you a man [Travis Kalanick], or did they just spray Axe Body Spray into a suit until it became sentient?” &!&!& http://pando.com/2014/11/20/on-stage-at-goldman-sachs-event-travis-kalanick-compared-his-companys-woes-to-ferguson/ "On stage at Goldman Sachs event, Uber CEO compared his company’s woes to Ferguson" &!&! https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8644080 << web.archive of "Rides of Glory" << algo/predictor about Users getting laid.
Uber  corporate  values  personal  values  subculture  Silicon  Valley  corporate  governance  corporate  culture  Travis  Kalanick  ethical  machine  white  male  privilege  straight  white  male  Patriarchy  brogrammer 
november 2014 by asterisk2a

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