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Mitch Ratcliffe is a veteran entrepreneur, journalist and business model hacker. He operates this site, which is a collection of the blogs he's published over the years, as well as an archive of his professional publishing record. As always, this is a work in progress. Such is life.

Airbnb Vows to Fight Racism, but Its Users Can’t Sue to Prompt Fairness

Airbnb tells users they must agree to waive the right to sue, or to join in any class-action lawsuit or class-action arbitration, as a condition of using the service.

Source: Airbnb Vows to Fight Racism, but Its Users Can’t Sue to Prompt Fairness

Last-mile transport coming to O.C. – The Orange County Register

A month ago car problems briefly changed my daily commute to a combination of rides from my editorial-page colleagues, the car dealer’s shuttle and buses of the Orange County Transportation Authorit

Source: Last-mile transport coming to O.C. – The Orange County Register

Millennials Having Trouble Finding Full-Time Work | Bloomberg BNA

The unemployment rate for workers age 20 to 24, a subset of the 18-to-34-year-old millennials, was 8.4 percent in March, compared with 5 percent overall, according to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: Millennials Having Trouble Finding Full-Time Work | Bloomberg BNA

Senator Mark Warner says it’s time for ‘capitalism 2.0’

He says way work is structured today isn’t working for most Americans.

Source: Senator Mark Warner says it’s time for ‘capitalism 2.0’

‘There Was a Stranger in My Own House’: Is the Sharing Economy Safe for Women? | Broadly

Women and minorities appear more likely to experience violence and discrimination on platforms like Uber and Airbnb. How did the gig economy go so wrong?

Source: ‘There Was a Stranger in My Own House’: Is the Sharing Economy Safe for Women? | Broadly

On-demand business models have put some start-ups on life support – LA Times

Key passage: “The consumer is unwilling to pay for the true nature of on-demand.”

Mitch’s Take: This is not the consumer’s problem, but the on-demand company’s failure to segment its services. Having embraced the idea that service is a commodity, they are stuck with low price expectations.

Source: On-demand business models have put some start-ups on life support – LA Times

Favor shutters service in five big cities, focuses on second-tier markets | TechCrunch

Source: Favor shutters service in five big cities, focuses on second-tier markets | TechCrunch

Grubhub Rebrands As A Zesty Lifestyle Company | Co.Design | business + design

Because when you have 7 million customers, it’s time to talk to more than just college kids.

Source: Grubhub Rebrands As A Zesty Lifestyle Company | Co.Design | business + design

Here’s Your Supermarket’s Best Hope for Surviving Amazon | MONEY

It’s not home delivery.

Source: Here’s Your Supermarket’s Best Hope for Surviving Amazon | MONEY

Kickstarter Pays Dividend in Unprecedented Move for Startup | Digital – AdAge

Paying a dividend is just the latest example of Kickstarter’s heterodoxy. Last year, the company became a public benefit corporation.

Source: Kickstarter Pays Dividend in Unprecedented Move for Startup | Digital – AdAge