Someone wrote in an email that I received over the weekend that :

The real genius of Uber is turning a commodity product (taxi) that one simply consumes into a status product that one ‘displays’.

You KNOW that I disagree. I wrote a detailed email response, but then did not send. I didn’t send it because it was a rant about Uber, in the middle of a totally different (and interesting) dialogue. And so inappropriate. But I still wanted to capture it for posterity.

The real genius of uber” is getting a 50 billion valuation for a phone app – and using the investment monies to ‘lobby’ people and governments around the world to ignore that they are breaking the law – and instead force them into changing it – to suit what they want. Just one of many examples of the reporting in the UK – revealing that either Cameron or Matthew Holehouse do not have a clue as to what is going on – or are simply ignoring it … this might be why, because about a month later this happened, and no – you don’t see as much about the push back here in America as you do in India, Spain, Turkey, Australia, China, et al.

I do firmly agree with Heimans. “Uber sits firmly in the old power model” – which is not very VRMy


And wouldn’t you know that this popped up into my feeds just as I hit send … which is another reminder as to what we need to keep top of mind, if it looks too good to be true – it probably is, reminding me of an earlier post I wrote on this topic.