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Remaking the servant economy
Alexis Madrigal looks at the vast body of “Uber-for-X” sharing economy companies and sees something that’s historically new, but very familiar:
economics  commerce  uber  jobs  work 
3 days ago by terry
‘We Know Them. We Trust Them.’ Uber and Airbnb Alumni Fuel Tech’s Next Wave.
This is going to be cool to see, but also has a certain ick-factor I can’t shake. The system is fundamentally broken, even if I’ve benefitted from it.
investing  uber_mafia  business  airbnb  venture_capital  startups  vc  investments  uber 
3 days ago by alexpriest
What Happened to the Uber-for-X Companies - The Atlantic
An unkind summary, then, of the past half decade of the consumer internet: Venture capitalists have subsidized the creation of platforms for low-paying work that deliver on-demand servant services to rich people, while subjecting all parties to increased surveillance.
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4 days ago by libbymiller
‘We Know Them. We Trust Them.’ Uber and Airbnb Alumni Fuel Tech’s Next Wave.
March 13, 2019 | The New York Times | By Erin Griffith.

......“There are just not that many places to find people who have seen that kind of scale,” said Ryan Graves, Uber’s former senior vice president of global operations and a member of the company’s board.

Each city that Uber, Airbnb, Lyft or Postmates expanded into created a new set of operational, regulatory and business challenges. Regulators balked. Rival business operators resisted. Neighbors protested. And people abused the platforms, over and over.

Uber managers ran each city like a mini-start-up. “If you were the general manager of San Francisco or of Atlanta, you were the C.E.O. of your region,” ..... “It led to a really entrepreneurial approach from everyone.”......
Airbnb  alumni  Andreessen_Horowitz  gig_economy  IPOs  networks  new_businesses  on-demand  scaling  Silicon_Valley  start_ups  Uber  vc  venture_capital 
4 days ago by jerryking
Uber, Lyft Drivers Nabbed in LAPD Stings Funded by Taxi Industry - NBC Southern California
The Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation conduct four to 10 stings per month to catch so-called "bandit taxi drivers."
uber  lyft  jitneys  lapd  police  sting 
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