First car a reminder of how the world has changed

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My first car was a powder blue Volkswagen bug, made sometime in the late 1960s or early ’70s. I don’t remember the exact year. At the time my dad brought it home, it was 1987, and I was 14 years old with a driver’s learning permit I could hardly wait to start using.

Dad said he got a good deal on the VW because the woman he bought it from was eager to see the old car go. Apparently, she’d been driving it one day when a wasp flew up her skirt and stung her in the nether regions. (I can see how that kind of incident could create some bad feelings.)

But from what I could see, the car was wasp-free and still cute as a bug — literally. It was the car I learned to drive in, so I thought it was thrilling and perfect.

Looking back on

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SoundCloud’s co-founders are launching an e-bike subscription service in Berlin

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Dance is a new electric bike subscription service launched by the co-founders of SoundCloud. The invite-only program, which includes delivery, maintenance, and theft protection, launches this month in Berlin. It’s the latest service to try to capitalize on the e-bike boom by shifting toward a Netflix or Spotify model for transportation.

Dance was founded by SoundCloud founders Eric Quidenus-Wahlforss and Alexander Ljung, along with the co-founder of web design startup Jimdo, Christian Springub. Their proposition rests on a couple of hard truths about e-bikes: they are expensive, typically costing €1,700 ($2,000) or more, and they are prone to theft. Dance is hoping to address those concerns, while also replicating the success of various music subscription services.

“Music was one of the first industries to experience the shift from ownership to subscription,” Ljung said in a statement. “At SoundCloud we helped usher in this transformation and established the world’s largest and

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