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Lyft and Uber: A Tale of Two Cultures

Gentlemen, start your smartphone apps Today included a two-stop ride-sharing journey with a woman who drives for both Lyft and Uber. An observant amateur anthropologist, she clued me in to more on the differences between between these two competitors. First, … Continue reading

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Is The Ride-Sharing Business A Winner-Take-All Market?

Business up front… …party in the back From Wired: Uber vs. Lyft: The $500 Million Battle to Decide How You Ride Consider our old friend Ebay. They’re in the business of matching buyers and sellers in a virtual marketplace. If you’re a … Continue reading

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Seattle Leaves Its Citizens Waiting At The Curb In The Rain

We’re OK with marijuana; just don’t upset our vested interests. From GeekWire: Seattle City Council approves cap on Lyft, UberX, Sidecar drivers Oh, Seattle, home of Microsoft; custodian of the Space Needle and Pike Place Market; curator of Northwest cool, great … Continue reading

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How I Would Improve Uber

 Enough with the time dilation While evangelizing about Uber today, I was asked how I might improve the service.  Here are some thoughts: 1.  It seems important to Uber for P.R. and customer retention purposes that you can always get … Continue reading

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The Usual Monopolist Defenses Against Innovation

 Horse-drawn carriages once needed protection, too From The Atlantic Cities:  Taxi Drivers Miffed Over Uber and Lyft Just Sued the City of Chicago A group of Chicago taxi drivers and owners has sued the City of Chicago in federal court, … Continue reading

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The Tech World Routes Around Another Hated Monopoly

Now there’s another option (Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images, from SFGate) From the SFGate: App-based ride services lure drivers from S.F. cab companies It’s another example of the tech world routing around a hated monopoly.  For decades, San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation … Continue reading

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