Tag Archives: Barriers to Entry

The Future And Its Enemies

Relevant again?  Their website looks good. From Time Magazine: The Government Is a Hit Man: Uber, Tesla and Airbnb Are in Its Crosshairs I was surprised to see a piece so libertarian and future-oriented in Time, but then I saw Nick … Continue reading

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The Step-By-Step Guide To Destroying San Francisco’s Housing Market

It’s so expensive nobody lives there anymore From the SFGate: Airbnb sublets in S.F. land some renters in the doghouse The Gentleman Economist finds San Francisco’s charms appealing: Beautiful coastal topography, including hills, fog, a gorgeous bridge and the country’s largest … Continue reading

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Seattle Leaves Its Citizens Waiting At The Curb In The Rain

We’re OK with marijuana; just don’t upset our vested interests. From GeekWire: Seattle City Council approves cap on Lyft, UberX, Sidecar drivers Oh, Seattle, home of Microsoft; custodian of the Space Needle and Pike Place Market; curator of Northwest cool, great … Continue reading

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Tesla, The Future, and Its Enemies

 Make a run for the border From Business Insider: MAP: Here’s Where Tesla Is Banned From Selling Cars Consumer Reports recently gave the Tesla Model S its highest rating ever. Sales are up and the future looks bright for this all … Continue reading

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Uh, Oh. Did Uber Artificially Restrict the Supply of Drivers on Valentine’s Day to Force Up Rates?

Uh, oh. From The Verge:  Uber kept new drivers off the road to encourage surge pricing and increase fares I keep hearing rumors about possibly nasty things Uber has done to claw their way to the top of what might … Continue reading

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One Night in Bangkok and the World’s Your Oyster

Spot the tourists Like any good vacation day, yesterday included a nap.  After a few hours of laptop work in the morning, I was ready for indolence.  In the evening, I wandered over to a small side street to immerse … Continue reading

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Some People Don’t Want A Glut Of Tasty Crustaceans

From the NYT:  Canadian Fishermen Boiling Mad Over Maine Lobsters (A follow-up to Not Really a Market Failure: Lobster Edition) A huge and potentially record-breaking haul of crustaceans in Maine and Canada this year has caused a market glut and a … Continue reading

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