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@Joe Emenaker I don't think Sarah is under-informed wrt the economics and most people understand the concept of 'surge pricing'.
Note that 'Surge" is a shitty label - few things good are ever associated with the word, 'Surge'. Wars, floods, power outages.
She's just venting her perception, which should be valuable to Uber, who could address it in a few ways like calling the cheap rates 'offpeak' or 'discounted' or some such, or blogging about it in their newsletter so people like Sarah know they heard their complaint instead of defending the practice.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The problem with Uber’s surge pricing isn’t the money. It’s an increasing lack of trust
Maybe up next is positioning the cheap fare as "super saver", similar to how airlines price tickets based on demand. If he had started out with this point of view for the consumer, that the cheap rate was actually a discounted full rate, people may not be so irate.
I'm surprised he didn't consult me weeks ago about this. :-)
The headlines for the Janet Yellen appointment are encouraging. Sure, they mention she's the first woman but also how much more qualified she is than the past fed-heads.
5 months ago on Twitter’s female “problem” — This is why mobs don’t appoint public company boards
@hillaryfoss @jacks_whitli Great, thanks. And good job fighting back - you all are an inspiration.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on How to slaughter a patent troll in 5 steps
I really like the joint defense agreement idea. Question: did you talk to your attorneys throughout? Did they do this work for/with you? I can imagine that most attorneys would recommend settling.
Thanks for the post!
The music is definitely distracting. Good stuff otherwise but I had to turn it off after just a few minutes.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Definitely don’t start a company the way these (admittedly successful) guys did
It is so definitely the bluetooth headset for your face, though. I could see its use for hundreds of professions, though, like
surgeons, home inspectors, et al. But day-to-day consumer use? Ha! I'll wait for the contact lenses.
1 year ago on No, Google Glass is not a Segway for your face
Good point here: "..this is a product that seems to have been over-engineered." Surely the challenge now is deciding what not to do/pull out.
1 year ago on Cloze, but no cigar: A people-first universal inbox that falls just a tad short
I think they pushed it with their 2-stage reservation system. Effectively, "stand in line outside, now come inside and stand in another." Buds in the office look at the "500,000 in line ahead of you" and say, "I've already waited 3 months - screw this." But you're surely right about the feature situation, so it has to evolve...
1 year ago on Wham, bam, thank you Mailbox…
News snippets is an excellent Use Case - your idea? For me, though, compelling video content is fleeting and spontaneous.
It seems like a great Ux looking for a Use Case - I'm sure there will be others but news is a good one.
1 year, 1 month ago on Six reasons why Vine is a killer news tool
Your drill buyer metaphor is pretty good. It reminded me of TV vs Yellow Pages (tho the attribution was just inferred w/yellow pages).
The decline of cookies plays into it somewhere....
1 year, 1 month ago on Social media might drive brand awareness, but search still drives the sales
It's so easy to hate the car rental agencies - perfect market to disrupt and I wish them great execution (and luck).
1 year, 2 months ago on Silvercar goes live with airport car rentals in Dallas
I see the end coming and it's because better alternatives are in the works (like what we're doing).
Cookies offend people who know how they work because they're so incredibly unintelligent - a blunt instrument. And they're creepy to people who figure out why they're seeing an ad for the shoes they just looked at on the zappos site.
1 year, 2 months ago on What will ad-tech look like without cookies?
@spicycarot @jacks_whitli I have it, not to worry. Getting a few others in the office to try it out. Nice job on it!
1 year, 2 months ago on Meet Easilydo: The productivity app you didn’t know you were waiting for
FYI if you want the app - search for it on safari then hit the link to the app store. App store search couldn't find it.
Just merging the contacts is great, btw. So far, so good...
It's a very cool direction that we, at my company, obviously buy into. And yet I think they might end up narrowing the "what you get" a lot so that normals can clearly state why their friends should try it.
Regardless, it's exciting and I'll definitely give it a try - thanks for the heads up. JH
1 year, 2 months ago on Grokr wants to get to know you, like really get to know you
I like it. Cookies seem like they're going to have a limited life, so advertisers need a different tactic. Cookies are either creepy or insulting (to those who know how crudely simple they are) - but regardless, agencies and big brands are aggressively looking at options.
1 year, 2 months ago on GraphDive launches to help you read your customer’s minds
FYI: That self-spanking device DOES NOT WORK. Warning.
1 year, 2 months ago on Google and Facebook launch war against abstract patents. Good! Kill these ones first
This whole thing is a quandary - on the one hand, you have a great ecosystem creating much (much) better user experiences for the people. ON the other hand, those devs reliant on twitter's api should accept the risk. We should know: we're reliant on both fb and twitter and will probably accelerate our plans to get access to the data owned by our customers.
1 year, 3 months ago on Twitter’s “death quadrant” that isn’t (yet)
@llafazane Exactly. What's the Use Case for payphones? Kind of like, "redesign the tie down rings for horses on city streets."
1 year, 3 months ago on Dear Mayor Bloomberg, please give me a payphone that looks like this