Disruptive companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Tesla, TaskRabbit, Google, Amazon and others find themselves at war with city, state and federal regulators and policymakers who argue that their innovations pose a threat to the “public good,” citing safety, widespread unemployment and economic stability as concerns.
The battles are front-page news everyday. For good reason: There’s a lot of capital–venture, reputational and political–at stake. As the pace of technology innovation accelerates and disrupters reimagine existing markets and create entirely new ones, the gap between disrupters and regulators will only widen, presenting either vast social and economic opportunities, or potentially greater chaos, depending on which side of the argument you’re on.
Panelists weigh in on the most creative ways disrupters are responding to the law and policy wars, how the strategies are working and where they’re falling short, the social and economic impact and why lagging regulation is not in the interest of the public good.