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Scott Shatford, 35, said he’s not concerned about a Santa Monica, California, home-sharing ordinance that took effect in June. It prohibits stays of less than 30 days in homes where the host isn’t living, with fines of as much as $500 per day. He said enforcing the ban will be difficult for the city because Airbnb listings don’t include addresses.

Does anything read wrongly about that quote to you ?

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            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. Continue reading

Really About People


I believe in the newly emerging Future of Work – but I believe it should be right for the people. Uber – and others – seem to be manipulating loopholes and law to suit their purposes. They fit into the category of Jeremy Heiman’s New Power Model – with Old Power Values.

The California Labor Commission ruled against Uber based on a decision from 1991, when taxi drivers had sued to be considered employees of a taxi company. Back then, the Commission ruled that the drivers were definitely employees, because “their work is the basis for [the cab company’s] business.” The same is true of Uber drivers today, the Commission said, so the driver who sued is indeed an employee.

Uber Decision Underlines Tough Questions Coming on Corporate Culture.

[ Source : Compliance Week ]