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+ - This Is How Uber Takes Over a City->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: To conquer America's quirkiest city, the company unleashed its biggest weapon.

Charlie Hales, the mayor of Portland, Ore., was running a zoning hearing last December when he missed a call on his cell from David Plouffe, the campaign mastermind behind Barack Obama's ascent. Although Hales had never met him, Plouffe left a voice mail that had an air of charming familiarity, reminiscing about the 2008 rally when 75,000 Obama supporters thronged Portland's waterfront. "Sure love your city," Plouffe gushed. "I'm now working for Uber and would love to talk."

Over the past year, Uber built one of the largest and most successful lobbying forces in the country, with a presence in almost every statehouse. It has 250 lobbyists and 29 lobbying firms registered in capitols around the nation, at least a third more than Wal-Mart Stores. That doesn't count municipal lobbyists. In Portland, the 28th-largest city in the U.S., 10 people would ultimately register to lobby on Uber's behalf.

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Comment: Re:so it's not just Russia eh? (Score 4, Insightful) 292 292

by elrous0 (#50006571) Attached to: A Failure For SpaceX: Falcon 9 Explodes During Ascension

Just a few months ago, Musk cultists here on Slashdot were virtually cheering when an Orbital Sciences launch failed. Everyone was piling on them for using Russian engines and singing the praises of the infallible SpaceX. I guess payback's a bitch.

Comment: Re:Seriously?!?!? (Score 2) 211 211

by dcw3 (#49995171) Attached to: France Could Offer Asylum To Assange, Snowden

Again, you can choose to live in the real world, or you can choose not to, and be played by everyone else. Wars and other conflicts happen, it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when. Being on the wrong side of the intelligence equation means you're going to be the fly, and not the fly swatter.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 178 178

by dcw3 (#49994869) Attached to: Average Duration of Hiring Process For Software Engineers: 35 Days

If you're impatient enough that you won't wait two weeks for an offer letter, I've got a long line of qualified applicants that will. At the end of an interview, we always tell the person what to expect. We're required to interview a minimum of three applicants for every requisition this is due to compliance regulations. After the interview, the selected candidate has to be approved through multiple layers...HR, legal, compensation, and normally a couple layers of engineering management. That typically takes 1-2 weeks, and is common for a Fortune 500 company.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 178 178

by dcw3 (#49994801) Attached to: Average Duration of Hiring Process For Software Engineers: 35 Days

When I schedule an interview with a prospective hire, I prepare the paperwork to make a job offer at the end of the interview.

Then you're fortunate not to be working for a large company. The hoops we have to jump through include approvals from a couple levels up, along with HR, Legal, Compensation, etc. That normally takes a minimum of 5 days after the interview.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 178 178

by dcw3 (#49994749) Attached to: Average Duration of Hiring Process For Software Engineers: 35 Days

Unfilled vacancies translates to lost sales. As a hiring manager, we get pounded by upper management to fill slots as quickly as possible, and end up wasting time reexplaining the process to them every year or so, even though our numbers have been consistent, and lower than industry averages.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.

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