By Jason Shueh :statescoop – excerpt
Startups are often admired for upending the market with innovative ideas, but a government official in one of the nation’s most progressive cities says companies need to ask permission first.
San Francisco supervisors are wrestling again with another tech company. This time their concerns lie with a startup that hopes to release a fleet of rental bikes riders can pick up and drop off wherever they like.
The Chinese company Bluegogo intended for its bikes, which can be activated by mobile payment and lock themselves using geolocation features, to be released in the city Jan. 23. But the city halted those plans with a promise to fine the company thousands and impound Bluegogo’s bikes.
“I am done with tech companies that disrupt and then ask for permission and/or forgiveness after the fact,” Supervisor Aaron Peskin said at a city hall news conference. “That chapter of San Francisco history closed today.” … (more)
It’s about time somebody said ENUF already! No more disruption. We want our life back.