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Yeah we're streamlining next version...a LOT.
Biggest challenge has been trying to build a product for 50% power users / airgapped / security experts and 50% people who don't speak english and don't have any idea of what they are doing or even that they should maybe perhaps save something.
So remember how I was like, 'grab life by the balls and do it'. Since then.........
- Fired 2 more clients
- Hired three new devs to crank on MEW v4 (T minus 40 days)
- Managed to sleep less than before?
- Answered 2124 support tickets
- Hit 12k transactions on a non-token-sale day
- Survived too many more token sales (peaks on above graph are TKN ANT STORJ)
- Survived a 30m requests/day (sustained 658/s) DDOS from Russia (haha puts those token sales to shame)
And now were going camping in an area with no cell service because I cant do anymore screens. 💖
Oh! Or you can beta our new product. I believe one of our new hires is going to be PRing a bunch in this weekend, but feel free to give it a go. It works on my computer. :)
You may need to send me your IP address so I can whitelist you. Not sure the status of our DDOS protection. It was a bit overprotective for a bit.
Do you happen to still have a hi res version of this?
Unfortunately, it's unlikely they will get their jobs back if Uber fails. The world simply doesn't work that easily. The market had a certain demand for taxis before Uber existed. If Uber never existed that demand today would be different, but it would not be the same as it as today because... Well... Uber exists and has changed a lot of aspects of the industry.
If Uber fails then, as you said, some of the market would go to Lyft and other companies that provide the things users have grown accustomed to with Uber (eg phone apps and not being seen in a yellow cab). But it won't go back to how it was before and the population of taxi drivers who lost their job and are unable to drive for Uber, Lyft or one of their competitors are likely close to unhireable for whatever reason.
However there is a generation of folks who would never drive a taxi but will drive for Uber in their free time and those people likely would have gotten different jobs if Uber didn't exist but now may have more trouble due to age, experience, flexibility, whatever. There are also far too many people who have purchased or leased cars they otherwise wouldn't have, and that changes things as youre not going to drive your new Prius when you're a cab driver. So you're going to pay off that lease for the next few years while it stays in the driveway and you drive a yellow cab? Oops.
I am not a huge fan of Uber. I've never actually gotten an Uber from my phone. I've been in Ubers. We use them internationally. But when I'm alone, finding the yellow cab or taking the metro or walking home is simply what I choose to do because it's rare I'm alone in an unfamiliar place and I've been taking cabs since I was 14.
What I dislike about how Uber entered the market was that they completely and utterly failed at scaling and their obligations to society and building a viable business. You cannot cut out all costs that you will have to deal with at some point when the laws catch up and use those unrealistic numbers in order to take more funding. That's not genuine. And then instead of.. You know... Using that funding to balance out the discrepancies, they've used it to lobby in pretty much every country and in a lot of cases it didn't work out.
Furthermore, instead of continuing to ramp up in a somewhat responsible manner, they took this route of crazy stupid more than exponential growth. If you look at the graphs it's ridiculous. They were only able to do this by completely ignoring the rules and taking money that only exists because we're in a bubble. Some rules are antiquated and decrease market competition and I care less about. But things like not paying their drivers anywhere close to minimum wage, ignoring regulations that actually do exist for a good reason, and using that not-so-hard-earned-valley-money to lobby doesn't build a sustainable business that does anything for the world around it.
Uber should not exist in the form it does now. Period. And they will fail - slowly, quickly, or somewhere in between. And their growth and subsequent demise will be felt by a lot of industries for years to come. Only one if their problems is an incompetent CEO and the shitty culture he's built.
Imagine what its like NOT being a customer trying to get them to take down a Google Ad for a phishing website that steals peoples hard earned "fake e-money". I was about ready to drive to Mountain View and unleash some insom on their ass when I realized I was talking to some guy in India who only has a script for buying ads and did a surprisingly amazing job at sticking to said script. He deserves a raise even if the company he works for works for a company that will self-immolate in 5-10yrs.
I just read this entire thing out loud because I love it so much. You are not old, you just like what you like and do what you do so keep doing it.
- Did you ever get my mail I sent back, insom? There were goodies inside.
:( Not that I know of. I will DM you our new address. We moved ~1mnth after the last set of stickers and magnets went out. Even though we turned on mail-forwarding, USPS failed us a few times already. :( :(
Yes - up until a certain point. While that may work for a small company, Uber has grown into a massive organization with employee-employees (like, in their offices), a huge international team of drivers, and an obligation to shareholders and investors, and to some extent the society and communities around them.
A company of one that fails is a personal failure. If Uber fails, you are leaving a lot of people jobless and failing a lot of people. That affects a diverse and international set of people with families and mortgages and problems of their own. Regardless of how free-market your beliefs are, it's hard to say that letting a huge company fail due to the inabilities of a one person (who happened to be one of the people that made it what it is today), is a hard pill for me to swallow.
Not that gov't bailing a company out is a better choice. Just that it's not as black and white as you would like it to be. 😉