Jul 7, 2014
Just to be clear, Reservationhop--the line jumping fake name reservation making most hated startup idea on the internet right now--is not a particularly good idea.
- It's too small of a market with too little monetization per transaction.
- It's rather easily foiled by ID checking.
- It doesn't provide restaurants with any value.
It is not, however, any more morally bankrupt than what a lot of other startup people fawn over. I'm finding all the ethical hemming and hawing over this to be rather inconsistant.
Napster was totally cool because you got free music, which all us regular people and poor college kids love, while sticking it to The Man (record labels). Totally illegal, but I don't remember too many internet people questioning its ethics.
YouTube was totally cool because "Look, video! And no plugin!" Remember all those things you haven't seen in forever? Yeah, all here. Yay free copyrighted material! Did I miss the ethical posturing at the time?
And when affordable housing advocates complain about Airbnb, they're just standing in the way of innovation, right? Screw the law!
Tor's cool, right? Go Tor! IP masking FTW! Because it's not like we're all using it to watch things we're not legally allowed to because of broadcast rules.
And damn that Supreme Court for forcing Aereo to pay for TV rights the same way all the other TV providers need to!
But, God forbid anyone should mess with Opentable. Jesus, Mary and Joseph! People are up in arms over Reservationhop--the service that sells off hard to get reservations made under assumed names. It's ruining the restaurant business! How dare they!
Ok, let's get something straight. No one funded this thing. There's no board. It's just a guy poking holes in a system testing out demand.
We normally ok this kind of startup tactic. "Don't ask for permission. Ask for forgiveness."
We tell startups to poke the bear and become a thorn in the side of big companies so that th [...]