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Someone needs to foot the bill.  If Uber doesn't do it, then the drivers need to pay for it themselves and carry proof indicating that they can carry passengers in a commercial capacity.  Good luck with that.

1 month ago on Uber urges CA riders to oppose ridesharing bill, neglects to tell them what bill actually does

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There is a different type of insurance required when working for the ridesharing companies.  Many insurance companies won't provide coverage under one's existing personal policy.

1 month ago on Uber urges CA riders to oppose ridesharing bill, neglects to tell them what bill actually does

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This is the minimum that the CA legislature should do, and there's good reason that it passed the Committee and the Assembly unanimously  Any user of these services should be able to feel confident that their driver is indeed fully insured whenever they are working for the ridesharing company.

1 month ago on Uber urges CA riders to oppose ridesharing bill, neglects to tell them what bill actually does

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My biggest concern with Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, vs. the taxi industry is this isn't fair competition.  Either we should lift the regulation on the taxis, or apply the same regulation to the start-ups.


1 month ago on SF cab drivers form a union while Rome burns

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What about Peter's assistant, Monica?  You conveniently left her out of your criticism, why, because she's not a coder?  I have a lot of respect for that character since: 1) She has to work for Peter Gregory, 2) She herself probably knows a lot about start-up financing and so on, otherwise Peter would not have hired her.

I like that the show reasonably accurately represents Silicon Valley as it is today.  Not every television show needs to be a vehicle for social change, although I'm glad to see that Mike Judge is changing it up for Season 2 to keep it interesting.  Hopefully you had similar criticism for Randi Zuckerberg's short lived, completely lame, and extremely unwatchable show of the same name.

1 month, 1 week ago on HBO’s “Silicon Valley” may fix its “female problem” in Season 2

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@sandyvanderbleek On one point, I agree with you.  Pando shouldn't be wasting another moment on this topic.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Now we’ve seen Secret’s ugly soul, will investors act?

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@justinrigg I'm not sure that a comparison with standardized admission tests is valid.  How about 'badges are like participation ribbons"?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on 7 ways to fix the most important problem facing online education

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For most things any PR is good PR.  Maybe if we just ignore it, Secret will crawl back into the hole from which it came.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Now we’ve seen Secret’s ugly soul, will investors act?

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What determines or who decides an 'expert'?  Most of the reviews on sites like Yelp are complete nonsense and unhelpful in determining whether a restaurant should be patronized or not.  Many of the reviewers have no idea what good food should taste like and what good service should be like.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Foursquare’s redesign will make expertise the new gamification

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@Alexander Fulks I don't want this site to be about politics  I can find much better political writing somewhere else.

That being said, I also don't want this site to be a breathless cheerleader for the startups they cover.  Some of the articles can border on this.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on State of Pando: Exploding traffic, surging revenues… but some mistakes too

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@rbottoms The latest fleecing seems to be the online academies.  Unfortunately, it gets our servicemembers no closer to a high-quality, high-paying job.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on 7 ways to fix the most important problem facing online education

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@rbottoms No offense meant.  I'll choose my words more carefully next time.

Anyway, there's nothing like learning in a real classroom with classmates and an in-person instructor.  On-line learning can't be taken as seriously for this and many other reasons.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on 7 ways to fix the most important problem facing online education

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What happened to that long screed that was posted yesterday?  Why was it taken down?

Although I thought the tone of the comment was too harsh, the points were good.

I don't need no silly badges, and I think it adds more unnecessary confusion regarding people's skill set.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on 7 ways to fix the most important problem facing online education

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I come to your site every day, but I absolutely can't stand the name.

Pando, it sounds like Panda.  I'm hoping you'll eventually change the name to something less lame.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on State of Pando: Exploding traffic, surging revenues… but some mistakes too

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The car sharing companies should be paying market rate for these parking spots, otherwise, the City is needlessly throwing taxpayer money at them.  Don't the car sharing companies already pay to park their cars in privately-owned parking garages?

2 months, 2 weeks ago on In pilot scheme, San Francisco gives away public parking to carsharing companies

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@Rudi Leismann Rudi, thanks for your local perspective. MBA types call this phenomenon a "network effect".

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Pacebook: Orkut’s fate shows how stupid land grabs are

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A Google-acquired social network not surviving against Facebook?  Who could have guessed?  A good prediction is one that almost nobody saw coming.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Pacebook: Orkut’s fate shows how stupid land grabs are

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Box needs to post some really, really, really good revenue numbers going forward, or the IPO will look like a reality only in the rear view mirror.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Box delays its IPO to raise more private cash, but at what cost?

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The media unnecessarily built her up, and now they're unnecessarily tearing her back down.  Then again, she shouldn't be missing such an important meeting.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Marissa Mayer overslept. Get the pitchforks!

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To paraphrase/steal a line from a great series on HBO: Daniel Shifrin clearly does not have a great understanding of humanity.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Good news, world, there’s a new Travis Kalanick in town. And he’s worse!

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Tony may soon be stating that he still works at Google, I mean Nest, when he's already left the building, off to found another start-up.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Once a trailblazer, Nest is now three moves behind (Oh, and it will share data with Google)

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This and the "Yo" app may be the first sign that the next tech bubble is near.

3 months ago on Washboard wants you to pay $15 to get $10

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O.K. my fellow techies, get out into the real world, attend some Art & Wine Festivals, and purchase some actual jewelry hand-made by actual artists.

3 months ago on Wearable jewelry makes its big, boring debut while we all await the real innovation

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I've used PayPal for eBay and other personal transactions for a long time and notice little if any difference over the tenure of David Marcus.  The buzzwords he uses in his e-mail don't seem to align with reality of the service.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on David Marcus bails on Paypal (and Southland). Here’s his leaked departure memo

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@davepaz I too don't see how airbnb can work in condos or apartments.  If I'm a tenant, there's no way any self-respecting landlord should let me sub-lease out my apartment to some random people.  Most rental agreements don't allow for such behavior anyway.

5 months ago on The Airbnb/New York spat is coming to a head

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Newsweek may suck, but this piece was just awful.  Seriously guys, maybe you could learn something from David Sirota.  And, if anyone wants to read an interesting perspective on this, go to Salon:


http://www.salon.com/2014/03/07/sorry_libertarians_your_dream_of_a_bitcoin_paradise_is_officially_dead_and_gone/

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Newsweak: Once-great news magazine hypes relaunch by putting a man’s life at risk

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If you want to be taken seriously, you don't want to look like you just crawled out of bed.

7 months ago on “Look at This F**king Tech Worker.” Why snarking on techies’ appearances is unfair and unproductive

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@groblewis Apple could have developed the product, but the key point is, they didn't.  It's hard to guess what Apple has planned in the product pipeline this year, but I'm guessing it's probably a Smartwatch.

8 months, 1 week ago on While Nest and Google are popping champagne, plenty of others should be concerned

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This should have been an obvious acquisition for Apple.  Now they just look like a company without many new ideas, sitting on a huge pile of cash.

8 months, 1 week ago on While Nest and Google are popping champagne, plenty of others should be concerned

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Maybe it's time for the mature executives at the company to step up and take some responsibility for their drivers.  It's a smart business decision.  Fearful customers can quickly become former customers.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Exclusive: Uber driver accused of assault had done prison time for a felony, passed background check anyways

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Twitter has more than just a Female Problem.  How about getting people on the board who actually use the product (Marjorie's first tweet ever was after she became a board member)?

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Dick Costolo dishes on his Female Problem

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@Antonio Alvarado - Once I quickly figured you were trying to just self-advertise, I tuned out.   Back to our regularly scheduled discussion about Hyperloop.

11 months, 4 weeks ago on Elon Musk’s Hyperloop is possible. But is it plausible?

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In the same way that Elon thought he could build Tesla with only Silicon Valley entrepreneurial types and not those 'old school car guys', he finally had to widen his reach to hire people who actually know something about automobile design and vehicle dynamics.  For Hyperloop, it may be useful to bring in real transportation infrastructure experts, and not just rocket scientists.

12 months ago on Elon Musk’s Hyperloop is possible. But is it plausible?

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Electric automobiles and rockets were been built before Elon Musk came onto the scene.  He just did it significantly better than his predecessors.  Hyperloop is a completely new and untested idea.  I might have believed it was possible until I read this:


http://pedestrianobservations.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/loopy-ideas-are-fine-if-youre-an-entrepreneur/

12 months ago on Elon Musk’s Hyperloop is possible. But is it plausible?

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In it's current derivation, this is a completely stupid idea that is not practical and won't work.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/08/13/there-is-no-redeeming-feature-of-the-hyperloop/

12 months ago on Elon Musk’s Hyperloop is possible. But is it plausible?

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I just tried out CoverHound.  The four quotes it provided were all higher than my current insurance policy for the same level of coverage.  What incentive is there for me to return to their website to go through this exercise again?

1 year ago on YC grad Leaky quietly shuts down, a valuable lesson in disruption

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Another totally stupid idea that shouldn't have received any funding.

For people who already have auto insurance, getting a quote that is not at least 10% below the price of their current policy is unlikely to make them switch.  Shopping for insurance is not like trading stocks.  Constantly chasing the lowest price policy has a significant hassle factor associated with it.

1 year ago on YC grad Leaky quietly shuts down, a valuable lesson in disruption

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It appears that Tutorspree had a predictable and fatal flaw in their revenue model.

Common sense would say use Tutorspree for the tutor and the student to connect, then negotiate a rate outside of Tutorspree that eliminates their cut.

1 year ago on YC alum Tutorspree shuts down

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So she ran a completely incompetent campaign for California governor.  What's to say she can run a company any better?

1 year, 1 month ago on HP needs an extreme makeover

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Maybe even worse than these bad products by Facebook is seeing how the tech press so easily gets suckered into attending and covering these so-called events, when it's easy to see there is nothing there.

1 year, 3 months ago on Whatever Facebook launches on Thursday, you’re going to hate it

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Referring to the title of this post, three words: No they're not.  Let's face it, most people don't want other people driving their cars.  It's as simple as that.

1 year, 6 months ago on Getaround cofounder: People are “on the cusp” of embracing car-sharing

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 @DigitalPants Thanks for the intelligent, thoughtful commentary.  I thought I was going to get all the way through the comments and not find anything worth 'liking'.

 

Mike

2 years, 5 months ago on An Open Letter To Randi Zuckerberg: How Could You Do This to Real Entrepreneurs?

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