Andrew Mercier

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Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. Blockchain Is Dangerous

On the days when Bitcoin crashes, a holiday atmosphere takes over in my corners of the internet. People tweet screengrabs of Reddit fights. It’s …

Peter Thiel
Gig Economy

The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death

Last September, a very twenty-first-century type of story appeared on the company blog of the ride-sharing app Lyft. “Long-time Lyft driver and mentor, Mary, was nine months pregnant when she picked up a passenger the night of July 21st,” the post began. “About a week away from her due date, Mary …

Gig Economy

The Sharing Economy Is Not Your Friend

Exploring the claims that Uber and Airbnb skirt laws, avoid taxation, and manipulate data for profit, all while claiming to help every day consumers.<p>In February, a report revealed that Airbnb had removed over 1,000 New York City listings as a way to alter the data in a public report on its user …

Crowdsourcing

The Sharing Economy Is Not Your Friend

Exploring the claims that Uber and Airbnb skirt laws, avoid taxation, and manipulate data for profit, all while claiming to help every day consumers.<p>In February, a report revealed that Airbnb had removed over 1,000 New York City listings as a way to alter the data in a public report on its user …

Tech Industry

Living and Dying on Airbnb

My dad died in an Airbnb rental, and he’s not the only one. What can the company do to improve safety?<p>T<b>he rope swing</b> looked inviting. Photos of it on …

Hospitality

Meerkat is dying – and it’s taking U.S. tech journalism with it

About three days after it received a lavish new funding round, Meerkat died an ugly and embarrassing death. It is hard to decide whether the Great …

Social Media

The Bleaching of San Francisco: Extreme Gentrification and Suburbanized Poverty in the Bay Area

Protesters block a Facebook bus at intersection of San Francisco's Market and 8th Streets and show unfair system of private tech buses. (Photo: Adam …

Does Silicon Valley Have a Contract-Worker Problem?

Earlier this year, I hired a house cleaner. I wouldn’t have done so normally, but my place was a mess, I was busy at work, and I saw an offer on …

Does Anyone Outside Silicon Valley Even Want a Smartwatch?

In the past week, I’ve been called “Inspector Gadget” twice, had a near-calamitous accident involving spray-on sunblock, and felt my arm vibrate so …

Pixel & Dimed On (Not) Getting By in the Gig Economy

For one month, I became the “micro-entrepreneur” touted by companies like TaskRabbit, Postmates, and Airbnb. Instead of the labor revolution I had been promised, all I found was hard work, low pay, and a system that puts workers at a disadvantage.<p>“If I’m willing to pay $100 for someone to bring me …

Employment

Silicon's Valley's Brutal Ageism

“I have more botox in me than any ten people,” Dr. Seth Matarasso told me in an exam room this February.<p>He is a reality-show producer’s idea of a …

Silicon Valley