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Approaching Policy After Uber’s Scorched Earth

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

The blowback to Uber reached a new level of intensity this week with massive and occasionally violent street protests in France. Our very own Romain Dillet walked around Paris snapping photos of the protests, which included overturned cars, smashed windows, and tires set on fire. Even for a nation with a storied past of truculent protest politics, the anti-Uber mobs were notable.

It should come as little surprise then that the company has spent millions of dollars in lobbying across the United States (with plenty more, I am sure, around the world). That translates into hundreds of lobbyists, more than Wal-Mart itself according to a Bloomberg analysis of available data.

It’s already incredibly hard enough to build a startup and manage customer growth, but now startups are increasingly confronting legacy policies of the government on their way to success. These battles are fundamentally unfair, because they can pit…

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