From tennis lessons and stock reports to antiquing and booking a private jet, technology is transforming everything about the way we live
Currently topping the leaderboard for whitest rich dude statement: "My dogs get mani-pedis; I don't". But it's a competitive field
Next talk is a vision of connecting ubiquitous surveillance technologies to a form letter generator. #nexteconomy
GE CEO talking about how they're giving back to society by competing worldwide and spreading good-old American know-how
GE CEO: it's imporant that we not live in a society where meaningful employment is precarious and limited to the lucky few. (just kidding)
Sign of how broken US spirit is that we can have a panel talk on retail-level employment without anyone even imagining paid holiday leave
Stage engulfed in sulfurous fumes as TaskRabbit founder materializes in the flaming on-stage pentagram. This is getting good #nexteconomy
Our chimney sweeps are allowed to keep and sell the creosote they scrape from their skin, making them small business owners!
Now we have a cabbie, Uber driver, and Lyft driver. This is like discussing the Protestant reformation with Calvin, Luther and the Pope
Discussion of whether you can refuse passengers based on their likelihood to puke actually a terrific analysis of driver agency and power
Second-best part of conference is techies mansplaining on Twitter why working a 60 hour week as an underpaid driver is a great livelihood
Cabbie (Kelly Dessaint) "The worst drivers in SF are tourists, and most Uber and Lyft drivers are tourists. They live in Modesto, Hayward..."
VC is describing magical feeling of pressing button on his phone, getting food. Lab rats have been living this dream for years
The trick is to not deliver the food every time the VC presses the button. Intermittent reward ensures a hefty series B
VCs now vehemently agreeing that the path to victory is pretend to be a service without incurring any of the obligations of one
"If your idea isn't big enough to warrant regulatory scrutiny, it probably isn't important enough." This is the mentality of a toddler
We're moving from a world of widespread unemployment to one where people have three, four or even five jobs. #prosperity
The BART system is a dinosaur monopoly that should be deregulated so private trains can run on it, too
Only at a San Francisco tech conference do you have to mount a basic defense of the concept of government before proposing modest regulation
Really nice to be hearing a VC getting worked up over low wages and social cohesion instead of immortality and greening Mars
"Trickle-down economics is an intimidation tactic masquerading as economic theory." Best VC ever. Last against the wall.
Fire alarm. Huge victory for the working class
O'Reilly and Hoffman on stage trying to deduce from first principles whether fire alarm is real or can be safely ignored
Any journalist looking for the world's easiest metaphor should get in here ASAP
I never thought I would live to hear Tim O'Reilly say "I'm sorry for the disruption". But the heroic hotel fire alarm made it happen
Recurring theme this morning is Minimum Viable Education, how to train future tech professionals without the baggage of reading English lit
Counterintuitively, grinding up the top 10% of employees and feeding them to the bottom 10% actually works better than the old way
"If the Soviets had proposed current US economic policy, we would have sent the USS Iowa to the Baltic Sea"
Lyft guy spent three years on public transit board in LA. $2 bus fare covers 30% of the ride, rest comes from subsidies, which are dying
Paraphrasing him, "how do we make Los Angeles more like Botswana?". So many people traveling abroad have been struck by maxi-taxis market
Based on my experiences in collective taxis in Moldova, there's a huge synergy with reconstructive dentistry
"Why is it that I always get the whole person when I want the pair of hands?" - Henry Ford. Back when the US knew how to manufacture villains
Now Ev is talking about his investment in a diamond manufacturer, and next-generation fake meat
We're high above the atmosphere now talking about abstractions. I have no idea what anyone is saying.
"Who are the people you want your customers to become?" is such an American phrase it might as well have little flags flying out of it
The twit snark is strong with this one: