In this series of articles, it should now have become clear that venture capital has created a system in which two types of companies become global giants: companies with bad business models but good marketing, or good business models and horrible impacts on society. This article focuses on what those companies could do to Basque Country and what might happen if they are part of an economic recession.
This is the first in a four-part series that will examine Glovo’s business model and its relationships with the world in which it operates. Based in extensive research into the company’s public image and dozens of interviews with Glovo “riders” in my city, this article will look at the honest opinions of these workers and the reality of how much they are paid. Glovo often cites that its riders are paid handsomely, and yet the truth is that when all the costs are... [+]
If anyone is likely to have a gun at any time, society and daily life feel the consequences. Police shot first and ask questions later, and the possibility of being shot for absolutely no reason becomes a practical reality of going to work, going out with friends, and simply going about the mundane reality of life. This is the world that Vox wants to bring about, all for the sake of political grandstanding and an impressively large ego.
In my Larrun article Glovalization, I attempted to call attention to the way that Glovo tries to pit its employees – oops, contract laborers – against each other in a zero-sum competion and a game-like application, and I predicted that this type of ingrained competition and technological culture would infect large swaths of our economy in the years to come. But like so many new technologies still in their infancy, it can be difficult to imagine the long-term implications of such a... [+]
Back when Glovo was a small company that no one had heard of in a few major Spanish cities, one of its first riders, Isaac Cuende, was hit by a car during a delivery. According to his account of the incident, the first question the company asked him was “are you carrying an order?” Fortunately, Cuende only suffered a broken arm. But when he returned to work from his unpaid time off, he had lost “Excellence Points” and could only work a few hours a week, effectively... [+]
Two major events have rocked the USA in recent weeks. First, the arrest in London of Julian Assange for allegedly helping Chelsea Manning in an effort to crack a government password . Second is the final, albeit redacted, Muller report, a long-awaited legal reckoning of Donald Trump’s alleged participation in Russian interference in the US 2016 election, and subsequent alleged obstruction of investigations into the former.
The other day, standing in a bar looking at a photo of the Notre Dame cathedral in flames on the front page of the newspaper, I had to stop myself from laughing with joy. Unlike most, I see the cathedral as a monument to the many crimes of the Catholic Church: organized sexual abuse of minors, the perpetuation of a patriarchal society, the social rejection of minority groups such the LGTBQ community, and the amassing of tens of billions of E taken predominantly from the poor. Others may see it... [+]
Since its founding in 2015, Glovo has been expanding across the Iberian Peninsula and the world so quickly that we have not had the time to appropriately react and evaluate its impacts on our lives. The company uses a business model and marketing strategy that were first developed and perfected in Silicon Valley, USA by giants such as Google, Uber, and Facebook.
These new “platforms” create a new power relationship between itself and its workers and between itself and society,... [+]
Environmentalist Gladys Del Estal was killed by a member of the Civil Guard at an anti-nuclear festival in 1979. The officer was sentenced to 18 months in prison, but shortly afterwards before serving his sentence he was awarded a medal. Del Estal has become a symbol of environmentalism, and her death an example of impunity.
Errigora has started its annual campaign in favour of producing food and consuming it in the Basque Country under the slogan "Five years feeding what we love". Five years have gone by since they started the initiative. They use part of the profits which they make from selling local products in the south of Navarre (Basque Country) to promote Basque.
The news spread around the Basque pilota world like gunpowder: “Bixintxo Bilbao has been punished for bringing out the ikurrina (the Basque flag) on the podium”. He was the world champion pilota player in 2018 along with partner Peio Larralde.