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This is one of the most overworn and completely unfounded memes in Silicon Valley. One person's 'A'-player is another person's nightmare. Investors like to say that they only fund 'A' players, but what they mean is: we only fund young technical talent that has the capability to build the thing but may not have the talent to sell it and even if they have the talent to sell it, they likely don't have the talent to manage real, experienced talent that we will hire in behind them to actually scale it. Newly minted Series A CEOs like to say they only hire 'A' players, but interestingly those A players tend to have shared a dorm room with them recently or look really hot in the latest miniskirt. Alternatively, their VCs present them with a list of grown-ups "who have done this sort of thing before" who actually do the work of scaling the business.
2 years, 2 months ago on We all talk about recruiting “A Players,” but that’s not how the Valley actually works
@LivefyreUserName I've done and only one transaction on your system. Look it up. I even tweeted the trip identifier last week. It's all out there.
2 years, 2 months ago on As NY floods, “Robin Hood” Uber robs from the rich and… Nope, that’s about it
I think the difficulty in this situation is that both perspectives are right. One, we need regulation of livery. I signed up for Uber a few days ago to get a friend a ride from SFO area into SF. I was jazzed to show him how easy and cool it was. The driver showed up and said, "Oh, its your friend, do you mind canceling your request?". Sure, no problem, makes sense. The driver gets my buddy to SF and tells him, "That will be $140." Luckily my buddy calls me and asks me what the rate should be, I look up that typical fixed rate from SFO is $85 and he negotiates the driver down. Their variable pricing scheme is too opaque and drivers are already gaming the system. This needs some perspective from people other than Uber.
The flip side is that I completely agree that the high prices did double supply. I can completely believe that for normal fares a lot of NYC livery drivers would take the perspective of hunkering down rather than getting out in the rain. Put the rates up double and you will likely get more supply which is kind of critical when public transit is shut down.
This is exactly the kind of edge case that illustrates the dilemma between a free vs. regulated market. I don't think there are easy answers. In fact, as a society I think we benefit both from applying Uber-style sourcing and loosening the licensing requirements. But I also think a free-market free-for-all would result in abuse that can't be tolerated in the short-term.