Uber might not be permitted to operate in Miami, but that doesn’t mean locals aren’t interested.
Company founder Travis Kalanick told the FT this weekend that ‘We have 150,000 people who’ve opened the app in Miami: we have no operations in Miami.’
Dade commissioners recently blocked an attempt to permit the company to launch operations locally thanks to heavy lobbying by the taxi industry. In February, Uber investor Ashton Kutcher slammed Miami politicians and the ‘mafioso’ tactics of the local cab industry.
Efforts to have state legislators legalize the service also recently failed.