By Paul Carr On December 13, 2012 “You’ve gotta be tough, you’ve got to fight for what you believe in.” – Travis Kalanick Uber sent a rousing victory email to its users — “the Uber faithful” — today, announcing that NY Cab regulators are allowing Uber to trial its taxi hailing service. A cynic might note a slight change in CEO Travis Kalanick’s opinion of the NY Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) and regulators in general. But I’m no cynic. In fact, I can see literally no difference in what “Varuca Galt” Kalanick was saying a few months ago, and what he’s saying now. Here, without further comment, are a few quotes from Kalanick, and others… Then: “We did the best we could to get more yellows on the road but New York’s TLC (Taxi and Limousine Commission) put up obstacles and roadblocks in order to squash the effort around e-hail, which they privately have said is legal under the rules. Now: “Why would you so clearly put a special interest ahead of the interests of those who elected you?
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