On saturday Kuaidi dache announced that they had agreed to merge with their biggest / bigger rival, Didi dache. Techinasia has a good write up about it, but I took issue with the suggestion that the merger has something to do with Uber. I went on a twitter rampage about the deal, and Jon Russell told me to write it up (he already has a piece on techcrunch about the merger that has all the details). I often confuse more words with a better argument, so I’ll just try to channel the twitter brevity but expand my point. Here goes:
DiDi / Kuaid merger means that taxi app survival now down to very high level govt negotiations. Uber is non threat. http://t.co/XNbTCIMTiJ
Imagine discomfort. It’s 3a.m., and you’re sitting in the back of a long-distance bus. The man sitting next to you scratches his whale-sized belly and giggles as he sleeps. The bathroom door keeps slamming open, and the smell of urine tinged with vomit wafts into your nostrils.
John’s posted a lot about that trip, but in what I can only imagine was a year-end “inbox zero” push, he just put up some last photos of the journey which I think are great. This one’s my favorite. I call it “Venus de Trash Heap”.