Why I Haven’t Replied To Your Email

If you haven’t received a reply to your email, you don’t need to send another one to ask me why I didn’t get round to it.

Maybe you wrote way too much.

Maybe I don’t want to buy anything from you.

Maybe what you said wasn’t important or interesting to me.

Maybe your subject line was boring.

Maybe you show no credibility.

Maybe your email signature is half a screen long.

Maybe your last three emails were junk.

Maybe you came over as rude or blunt.

Maybe it’s Monday morning.

Maybe your website looks bad.

Maybe I don’t want you to “just check in”.

Maybe you want to sell me marketing automation, but sound like a robot.

Maybe I objected to your use of a creepy tracking pixel.

Maybe you addressed me “Hi Kristian” when you just have my name in a mail merge.

Maybe you’re trying to hack my attention with a subject line like FW: Following up.

Maybe I don’t consider links to three generic articles to be worthy of an email.

Maybe you asked me to do something.

Maybe you asked me to do something, but didn’t give me a next step.

Maybe you asked for a “Read Receipt”.

Maybe I don’t want to be kept in the loop.

Maybe I was busy.

Maybe you were too formal.

Maybe you were too chatty.

Maybe you’re interested in Bitcoin.

Maybe I’m not the right person for you to be talking to.

Maybe there’s nothing in it for me.

Maybe I wanted to respond, but responding fully would have taken too long.

Maybe you should have thought twice about whether I needed to get your email.

Uber Is The Problem, Not Its Business Model

Tyler Cowen writes in Bloomberg:

The new Britain appears to be a nationalistic, job-protecting, quasi-mercantilist entity, as evidenced by the desire to preserve the work and pay of London’s traditional cabbies. That’s hardly the right signal to send to a world considering new trade deals or possibly foreign investment in the U.K. Uber, of course, is an American company, and it did sink capital into setting up in London — and its reputational capital is on the line in what is still Europe’s most economically important city. This kind of slap in the face won’t exactly encourage other market entrants, including in the dynamic tech sector that London so desperately seeking.

Cowen argues that the ban on Uber in London shows that post-Brexit Britain is likely to be more heavily regulated than people might think. I’m not convinced.

1. TfL’s ‘ban’ isn’t on Uber-like ride-hailing services, it’s against Uber itself. Other ride-hailing services, such as Gett, myTaxi, Kabbee and Addison Lee already operate in London.

2. Unlike countries such as Denmark, which de-facto banned ride-hailing services by introducing a law requiring mandatory fare meters and seat sensors, London has explicitly amended its regulatory structure to accommodate ride-hailing.

3. This regulation, far from being onerous and bureaucratic, actually delegates responsibility for setting fares, conducting background checks and managing safety, to the platform itself.

4. TfL’s ruling calls out Uber’s use of controversial “Greyball technology,” specifically designed to thwart sting operations by regulators.

Uber has a chance to reapply for its license. Let’s see if it’s willing to clean up its act.