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The Transportation Trustbuster
Wall Street Journal, by Andy Kessler

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Posted By:tocsin, 1/26/2013 1:37:14 PM

I walk to the security desk in the lobby of what could be any of this city´s downtown office buildings filled with lawyers, architects and finance firms. "I´m here to see Travis Kalanick at Uber." "You´ll have to email him, they´re very secretive. And take a seat." I sit down and send a note to say I have arrived for the interview. Nearby, several middle-aged men, all wearing black suits, white shirts and ties, listen to a young guy in jeans, orange socks and sneakers. He is consulting a MacBook as he talks to them. "Your account is no longer active, due to quality concerns from negative feedback," he says to

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The Weekend Interview
I luv it when an entrepreneur b-slaps a bureaucrat.
The real eye opener for me was his powerful use of emails & twitter.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: lawabidingcitizen, 1/26/2013 2:31:29 PM     (No. 9140846)

I bet they all voted for obama et al.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rivetjoint, 1/26/2013 3:12:10 PM     (No. 9140921)

That was cool. So refreshing to see someone take on the detestable bureaucracy with no intention of backing down.

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Posted By: tocsin- 8/7/2013 6:14:58 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: tocsin- 6/1/2013 5:51:16 AM     Post Reply
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