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Uber Starts To Play That Stupid Surcharge Game

What’s next, charging for a carry-on bag? From the S.F. Gate: UberX to charge $1 fee for passenger safety (More on Uber here) Uber has just jumped the shark. Today they announced a new $1 add-on fee for “Passenger Safety”, claiming … Continue reading

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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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The Future And Its Enemies

Relevant again?  Their website looks good. From Time Magazine: The Government Is a Hit Man: Uber, Tesla and Airbnb Are in Its Crosshairs I was surprised to see a piece so libertarian and future-oriented in Time, but then I saw Nick … 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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Parisian Taxi Wars

Expect a lot of walking From The Economist:  Taxi wars Apparently the Gentleman Economist isn’t the only one bemoaning the miseries of finding a taxi in Paris.  It may be the City of Light, but it’s not from the headlights … Continue reading

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A “Pricing Strategy Consultant” Talks About Uber and Surge Pricing

 So, how much were you looking to pay? From the Harvard Business Review:  Why Uber Needs Clearer Pricing Rafi Mohammed is a “Pricing Strategy Consultant” and blogger at HBR.  He offers some clear thinking on Uber and surge pricing.

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Uh, Oh. Did Uber Artificially Restrict the Supply of Drivers on Valentine’s Day to Force Up Rates?

Uh, oh. From The Verge:  Uber kept new drivers off the road to encourage surge pricing and increase fares I keep hearing rumors about possibly nasty things Uber has done to claw their way to the top of what might … 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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When, Exactly, Is a Driver Considered To Be “Working for Uber”?

 Navigating through a haze of liability issues (photo from The Daily Beast) From The Daily Beast: Uber and Its Enemies Americans seem to have trouble with entrepreneurial working arrangements that don’t fall neatly into the narrow category of a traditional employer/employee relationship. … Continue reading

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