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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Blocking the rideshares

Some months back, I wrote about some things that happen when a company grows very large.

In the past couple of days, I learned of another vector. I missed out on experiencing this one personally, but many of my friends are now affected by it. I was shocked to hear that it wasn't just a rumor.

It has to do with something called a "trip cap". Some cities insist that a company not clog the roads with cars. They do this by installing car-counting devices, and limit the number of entries and exits that can occur per day. Go over, and you're in violation. Have too many violation days, and you're also in violation. That sort of thing.

Well, it seems that a certain company has now gotten so big that it has banned things like Lyft and Uber from the original campus. I assume taxis and other similar implementations are also no good. It seems they were driving up the counters and they need those slots!

Apparently now if you want to use such a service, you have to take it to a distant building and then find your way back from there. I assume the same works in reverse at night: you're tired, you want to go home, but now you get to schlep all the way out to the "official rideshare point" before you can go anywhere.

My friends, you don't have to put up with this. You are in high demand. It is possible to "go back in time". Go seek your fortune on the open market. It's worth it.

Put it this way, would you rather try to find a new gig during the next downturn? If you weren't working in tech the last time this happened (2008-2009), you might not realize how bad it can get.