Tag Archives: Monopoly

Lyft and Uber: A Tale of Two Cultures

Gentlemen, start your smartphone apps Today included a two-stop ride-sharing journey with a woman who drives for both Lyft and Uber. An observant amateur anthropologist, she clued me in to more on the differences between between these two competitors. First, … Continue reading

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Is The Ride-Sharing Business A Winner-Take-All Market?

Business up front… …party in the back From Wired: Uber vs. Lyft: The $500 Million Battle to Decide How You Ride Consider our old friend Ebay. They’re in the business of matching buyers and sellers in a virtual marketplace. If you’re a … Continue reading

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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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Parisian Taxi Wars

Expect a lot of walking From The Economist:  Taxi wars Apparently the Gentleman Economist isn’t the only one bemoaning the miseries of finding a taxi in Paris.  It may be the City of Light, but it’s not from the headlights … Continue reading

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The Usual Monopolist Defenses Against Innovation

 Horse-drawn carriages once needed protection, too From The Atlantic Cities:  Taxi Drivers Miffed Over Uber and Lyft Just Sued the City of Chicago A group of Chicago taxi drivers and owners has sued the City of Chicago in federal court, … Continue reading

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The Tech World Routes Around Another Hated Monopoly

Now there’s another option (Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images, from SFGate) From the SFGate: App-based ride services lure drivers from S.F. cab companies It’s another example of the tech world routing around a hated monopoly.  For decades, San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation … Continue reading

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An Illustrated Account of the Great Maple Syrup Heist

 Coming soon to a movie theater near you… (Follow-up to previous posts about Canada’s big maple syrup heist here and here.) From Modern Farmer, An Illustrated Account of the Great Maple Syrup Heist.  It’s a much-better-than-expected guide to the heist and the … Continue reading

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