On 19 Nov 2014
Uber Exec Threatens to "Dig Dirt" and Expose Personal Info on Female Journalis,
Indiana Jones said:
More from the article:
"Over dinner, he outlined the notion of spending “a million dollars” to hire four top opposition researchers and four journalists. That team could, he said, help Uber fight back against the press — they’d look into “your personal lives, your families,” and give the media a taste of its own medicine.
Michael was particularly focused on one journalist, Sarah Lacy, the editor of the Silicon Valley website PandoDaily, a sometimes combative voice inside the industry. Lacy recently accused Uber of “sexism and misogyny.” She wrote that she was deleting her Uber app after BuzzFeed News reported that Uber appeared to be working with a French escort service. “I don’t know how many more signals we need that the company simply doesn’t respect us or prioritize our safety,” she wrote.
At the dinner, Michael expressed outrage at Lacy’s column and said that women are far more likely to get assaulted by taxi drivers than Uber drivers. He said that he thought Lacy should be held “personally responsible” for any woman who followed her lead in deleting Uber and was then sexually assaulted.
Then he returned to the opposition research plan. Uber’s dirt-diggers, Michael said, could expose Lacy. They could, in particular, prove a particular and very specific claim about her personal life."
"At the Waverly Inn dinner, it was suggested that a plan like the one Michael floated could become a problem for Uber.
Michael responded: “Nobody would know it was us.”"
From another article:
"Uber has been subject to a long string of bad press because of its own actions. The Verge reported on the tactics that Uber is using to sabotage Lyft and the questionable jobs that its offering to veterans. Uber also recently offered a promotion in France that allowed passengers to request that a "hot chick" drive them around. This is yet another wild misstep that could have been avoided, but instead it speaks to the bad company culture that story after story has spoken to inside of Uber."
http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/18/7240215/uber-exec-casually-threatens-sarah-lacy-with-smear-campaign On 19 Nov 2014
Only Silents and Boomers Benefit From Housing Bubble,
Indiana Jones said:
Peter P says
Amongst my friends, those who own the most homes tend to be Gen-X-ers. Boomers tend to be most affected by divorces.
Aren't your friends mostly working in tech companies in the SFBA? I am glad they are such successful Gen Xers- truly the Golden Children of Silicon Valley. My experience is different - Boomers and Silents having multiple real estate holdings, with younger generations having none or struggling to hold on to what they have.
Some Boomers did struggle with divorce or loss of savings due to the crash, so they are not quite as well off as they once were, although almost all of the Boomers I know had enough cushion and rode through the storm fairly intact.