Dan Primack reported in Fortune yesterday that Uber was raising a $1.8 billion round of funding (confirmed by Re/Code as $1.2 billion), and it seems like the innovative transportation company has been in the news almost every day for the past month, though mostly for the antics of what is being portrayed in the press as a highly dysfunctional leadership team.
Thanksgiving is upon us once again. And whether you will be nursing a hangover from your 15th high school reunion the night before, sweating out who to play on your fantasy team with all the NFL games, or just sick and tired of doing the pie-baking/turkey-basting thing, you are probably looking for a way to seize the inherent laziness of the day and do as little as possible. Read MoreUber IdiocyUber getting heat for exec's talk about targeting journalists' private lives
I was out in San Francisco late last month, and one of the things I did was set up some coffees, lunches, and visits with entrepreneurs and investors who are working on disruptive ideas for cities. The result was this column: "Dispatch from the disruption zone." Often, these startups find themselves operating at the edge of the law, or in conflict with existing regulations. Their role models are businesses like Uber and Airbnb, which have fought those battles before them — and also attained multi-billion-dollar valuations in the process.
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It’s official: Uber’s presence in Boston is booming. Travis Kalanick, the co-founder and CEO of Uber, was in town on Wednesday to keynote the fifth annual MassChallenge awards, where he told the room of burgeoning entrepreneurs that the ridesharing service is growing faster here than in Paris, San Francisco, Seattle, or Toronto. Read MoreUber gets legislative backingWhile in Boston today, Uber celebrates a big win in D.C.
Uber's CEO Travis Kalanick is in Boston for tonight's MassChallenge awards ceremony, and there's a good chance he'll be taking a victory lap as he shuttles over to the Convention Center. The ridesharing service had a big win in Washington D.C. yesterday when the District passed legislation creating a "comprehensive ridesharing framework" they say will better protect drivers and riders. It's the 13th jurisdiction to do so, and for now at least, both Massachusetts and Boston have been mum on whether they'll follow suit.
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Hailo, the app that allows users to hail taxis through their mobile phones, is announcing today that customers will also be able to pay for cab rides in Boston and Dublin (and all of Ireland) with its new "Pay with Hailo" feature. Read More
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