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Uber gets legislative backing
While in Boston today, Uber celebrates a big win in D.C.
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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. Read More
Awards season
Finalists, speakers announced for this year's MassChallenge Awards
MassChallenge
MassChallenge, the world's largest startup accelerator program, announced its list of finalists for the annual MassChallenge Awards ceremony taking place on October 29. At the event, $1.75 million in no-strings-attached funding will be distributed among the 26 startups, narrowed down from the 128 that began the program in June. Read More
Democracy in Action
After a contentious first meeting regarding regulation, it looks like Cambridge has gone back to the drawing board. As Steve Annear reports for Boston Magazine:
Andrea Jackson, chairwoman of the city’s License Commission, said the department’s executive director would do a “complete rewrite” of a proposal floated by the city earlier this month that set off a heated debate between fans of Uber’s on-demand car services, and drivers from the taxi industry that are under strict guidelines regulated by lawmakers. “We are going to be looking to see what others states and cities have done [with services like Uber], and it will essentially be a complete rewrite of the earlier draft,” said Jackson. “The first draft was essentially just that. It was, ‘hey, let’s have a discussion about it, what do you think.’”
Ah yes, the tried and true "Throw a bunch of stuff against the wall and see what sticks and what causes a bunch of hashtag outrage" method of regulation. Works every time. Discuss