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December 31, 2013 at 2:34pm

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The tech company of the year is Uber →

parislemon:

Michael Wolff:

Those idle words uttered in the cold and rain — “I would pay anything for a cab right now” — turn out to foretell a new business model.

The most recent uproar over Uber surge pricing has been one of the oddest tempest-in-a-teapot situations I’ve ever seen. I understand that some people want to make this into some statement about class or the state of world we live in, but it seems much more straight-forward than that. And the company is being very clear about it.

I totally agree with MG Siegler here.  Uber didn’t replace regular city-wide cab systems, it simply added a new on-demand layer on-top of them.  The premise of Uber is simple: on-demand cars whenever you need them, priced at a point where that promise is always possible.  It’s the service layer on-top of the standard yellow cab.  I can’t afford to pay the NYE prices, but I respect that Uber wouldn’t work as a concept without them.

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    I totally agree with MG Siegler here. Uber didn’t replace regular city-wide cab systems, it simply added a new on-demand...
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    Michael Wolff: Those idle words uttered in the cold and rain — “I would pay anything for a cab right now” — turn out to...
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