Why the f**k is everyone so excited about Uber?

The founder of a hackathon and startup event business called AngelHack, Greg Gopman, on his public Facebook feed this week said Uber’s latest round of funding and valuation was "ridiculous."

Which leads me to answer the question: why the f**k is everyone so excited about Uber? 

People. It’s not about ridesharing. 

It’s about Amazon being the everything store of the dotcom era. And Uber trying to become the every-service store of the mobile era. 

My two cents?

Uber’s not just about helping people get cabs or expensive black sedans where there are few reliable ground transportation options…

It’s about ordering anything you might want, service-wise, through a slick and easy to use mobile app with little room for user errors. And starting with cars is genius — because cars (and trucks) and their drivers or dispatchers give Uber access to untethered infrastructure. 

They won’t own the cars and hire the drivers always, but they’ll pipe demand to the “last mile.” 

And that’s why Uber’s getting all this investor love. Plus, hey — great brand name and PR so far. 

Hiking in the shadows and self-created weather of Mt. Rainier 8/2013 

the snow begins. but not in san francisco. 

the snow begins. but not in san francisco. 

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Love Won’t Save Us (poem)

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Some say you’re lucky
If nothing shatters it.

But then you wouldn’t
Understand poems or songs.
You’d never know
Beauty comes from loss.

It’s deep inside every person:
A tear tinier
Than a pearl or thorn.

It’s one of the places
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Hey, @FutureJProject - I want to see them cross this data with the most literate cities. Amazon did a ranking, here:
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?p=irol-mediaHome&c=176060
Anyone on it?
futurejournalismproject:

Partners in Crime
The real estate search engine Trulia teamed up with CrimeReports.com, EveryBlock.com and SpotCrime.com to create a crime map of major metropolitan areas in the United States.
Currently in beta, the heat maps show the type and frequency of crimes by neighborhood, with data sets for cities such as Los Angeles, Tampa, Dallas and Philadelphia among others currently in the system.
Above, a detail from Chicago.
Play with it yourself.

Hey, @FutureJProject - I want to see them cross this data with the most literate cities. Amazon did a ranking, here:

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?p=irol-mediaHome&c=176060

Anyone on it?

futurejournalismproject:

Partners in Crime

The real estate search engine Trulia teamed up with CrimeReports.com, EveryBlock.com and SpotCrime.com to create a crime map of major metropolitan areas in the United States.

Currently in beta, the heat maps show the type and frequency of crimes by neighborhood, with data sets for cities such as Los Angeles, Tampa, Dallas and Philadelphia among others currently in the system.

Above, a detail from Chicago.

Play with it yourself.

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