This is is an article from this morning. It's a new industry that's trying to learn from its history. (and its mistake?) Will they be able to regulate and make these startups play by the rules?
The Uber model — launch your service in a city without permission, become wildly popular, and then ask for forgiveness — is not going to work for scooter startups. For evidence, look at Bird and Lime, which aggressively "pioneered" scooter-sharing in Santa Monica, Calif. Today, the city is expected to announce the companies that can operate during its scooter-sharing pilot, and Bird and Lime might be left out. Recode's Johana Bhuiyan argues that cities now have the upper hand: They've gotten better at this since the early days of Uber and Airbnb, and scooters don't have the same fervent user base as ride-hail apps.
[Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]