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Gig economy: heating engineer wins claim against Pimlico Plumbers | Business | The Guardian
Delivering judgment, on Wednesday, Lord Wilson said: “Although the contract did provide him with elements of operational and financial independence, Mr Smith’s services to the company’s customers were marketed through the company.

“More importantly, its term enabled the company to exercise tight administrative control over him during his periods of work for it; to impose fierce conditions on when and how much it paid to him, which were described at one point as his wages; and to restrict his ability to compete with it for plumbing work following any termination of their relationship.

“We hold that the [employment] tribunal was entitled to conclude that the company cannot be regarded as a client or customer of Mr Smith.” https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44465639
gig  Economy  Uber 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
Key gig economy case reaches Supreme Court - BBC News
[of interest also for delivery service industry eg DPD Parcelforce Amazon, as well as Germany sub-contractor space - Zeitarbeit and Leiharbeit] The case hinges on the distinction between Mr Smith's status as either a self-employed contractor, or a worker for the company.

He was VAT-registered and paying tax on a self-employed basis, but worked solely for Pimlico Plumbers.
Self-Employment  gig  economy  labour  practices  workers  trade  union  rights  neoliberal  neoliberalism  tax  evasion  avoidance  profit  maximisation  welfare  state  Uber  Amazon  DPD  1099 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Uber loses court appeal against drivers' rights - BBC News
[ ANOTHER COURT IN UK SAID, UBER DRIVERS ARE EMPLOYEES.] Uber said there were two further possible stages in the appeal process - the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. &! Deliveroo - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41983343 - But the CAC found they were self-employed because of their freedom to "substitute" - allowing other riders to take their place on a job. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41980922 - Handy gig cleaning app. and its policy acts causes social media row.
UK  Uber  Platform  1099  Self-Employment  gig  Economy  on-demand  working  poor  poverty  insecurity  Precariat  minimumwage  Mindestlohn  TaskRabbit  neoliberal  Exploitation  workers  rights  trade  union  neoliberalism  Capitalism  profit  maximisation  PAYE  NI  taxation  pension  scheme  bailout  welfare  state  recovery  Technology  totalitarianism  technocracy  Super  Rich  1%  Plutocracy  Oligarchy  evasion  avoidance  tax  employment  law  Deliveroo 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Almost all the 10 million jobs created since 2005 are temporary — Quartz
“We find that 94% of net job growth in the past decade was in the alternative work category,” said Krueger. “And over 60% was due to the [the rise] of independent contractors, freelancers and contract company workers.” In other words, nearly all of the 10 million jobs created between 2005 and 2015 were not traditional nine-to-five employment. - https://www.reddit.com/r/Economics/comments/79jmuh/almost_all_the_10_million_jobs_created_since_2005/
USA  economic  history  workers  trade  union  recovery  GFC  secular  stagnation  social  income  mobility  inequality  job  creation  Precariat  working  poor  security  insecurity  1099  gig  economy  Self-Employment  part-time  Uber  on-demand  profit  maximisation  capitalism  neoliberal  neoliberalism  benefits  welfare  state  tax  credits  evasion  avoidance  Austerity  BarackObama  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  AfD  poverty  trap  post-racial  American  Dream  UK  Germany  btw17  lobby  vested  interest  No  Representation  employment  Zeitarbeit  Leiharbeit  Werkvertrag  Agenda  2010  Agenda2010 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Battle for power at Uber as investor sues ex-CEO Travis Kalanick alleging fraud | Technology | The Guardian
Kalanick failed to disclose vital information about the self-driving truck startup Otto before Uber acquired it for $680m in 2016, the complaint alleges. That acquisition has been tainted by a massive lawsuit brought by Google spinoff Waymo over allegations that former Google engineer and Otto founder Anthony Levandowski stole Google’s intellectual property and took it to Uber.

The lawsuit makes clear that Benchmark blames Kalanick personally for the mess, which poses a serious danger to Uber’s ability to develop its own autonomous vehicle technology. //&! https://www.recode.net/2017/8/14/16144710/uber-benchmark-capital-travis-kalanick-lawsuit-board-ceo &! https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/11/uber-board-benchmark-lawsuit/ &! https://soundcloud.com/exponentfm/episode-121-the-uber-mutation
Uber  Otto  Google  Waymo  VC  TravisKalanick  self-driving  autonomous  AI 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
National Insurance rise 'fair', says PM - BBC News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39225522 - She said the decision "was taken in the context of a rapidly changing labour market in which the number of people in self employment is rising rapidly".
The shift towards self employment was "eroding the tax base", she argued.
"Is it fair? I think it is fair to close the gap in contributions between two people doing the same work and using the same public services to make the same contribution to wider society."
'We should apologise'
She said, with other NI changes, "this is a change that leaves lower paid self-employed workers better off" and .
Ministers say those earning £16,250 or less will see their NI contributions fall.
Tories  Budget  welfare  state  Pension  NIC  NI  National  Insurance  Conservative  Party  Self-Employment  gig  economy  1099  adult  social  care  elderly  NHS  DWP  HMRC  Contractor  zero  hour  contract  Theresa  May  Philip  Hammond  Uber  Platform  Capitalism 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
"Democrats Would Rather Lose Than Win With A Progressive"-Former Sanders Official Nick Brana Pt 2 - YouTube
Democrats fought & stole it from Bernie because they rather would lose to GOP/Trump than move to the left progressives. // See also book Thomas Frank - Liberal - https://youtu.be/M9u2aR19P3g. & Matt Taibbi on GOP and in general the establishment - $ - choosing the candidate not the voter electorate and journalists feeding themselves co-opting into the game then wondering why they are called fake and luegenpresse. And Mark Blyth mentioning Bill Clinton finished what Reagan could not ( Surrender: How the Clinton Administration Completed the Reagan Revolution by Michael Meeropol (Paperback) - https://www.yo​utube.com/watch​?v=a0q_Ww1q1j8. And Obama did not fight GOP in public, he preserved the status quo, did not upset the DNC elite and establishments going to the left and much more progressive and then there was the Drone Warfare.
DNC  Bernie  Sanders  Democrats  presidential  election  book  Thomas  Frank  Hillary  Clinton  Bill  1%  10%  Super  Rich  Oligarchy  Plutocracy  lobby  NAFTA  TTIP  TPP  TISA  2016  journalism  progressive  Career  Politicians  democracy  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  BarackObama  GOP  Matt  Taibbi  Mark  Blyth  economic  history  neoliberalism  Austerity  Globalist  corporatism  profit  maximisation  Taxation  Poverty  working  poor  Uber  oligopol  oligopoly  monopoly  gig  economy  self-employment  squeezed  middle  class  secular  stagnation  social  mobility  inequality  wage  growth  GFC  bank  bailout  recovery  gini  Coefficient 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Gig economy threatens government finances, says May adviser | Business | The Guardian
“There is no question that the growth of self-employment and incorporation is having a significant impact on our revenues.” It is not known how many of the UK’s 4.7m self-employed workers are engaged in work that could also be classed as employment, but if only 10% were, that could imply an annual loss to the exchequer of close to £1bn, according to the Guardian’s estimate.

The exchequer does not receive employer national insurance contributions on behalf of self-employed workers. [...] Writing in the Guardian, Taylor says Britain’s employment system “has weaknesses and is not future-proof”
Self-Employment  Uber  Deliveroo  tax  avoidance  NHS  evasion  pension  Precarious  work  working  poor  Gig  Economy  1099  UK  budget  HMRC  technological  unemployment  JSA  DWP  Platform  Capitalism  minimum  wage 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
The battle over Uber and driverless cars is really a debate about the future of humanity | Paul Mason | Opinion | The Guardian
Because soon there won’t need to be drivers at all. Given that there are 400,000 HGV drivers in the UK, that at least a quarter of Britain’s 2.5 million van drivers are couriers, and that there are 297,000 licensed taxi drivers – that is a big dent in male employment.

The most important question facing us is not whether Uber drivers should have employment rights (they should), but what to do in a world where automation begins to eradicate work. If we accept – as Oxford researchers Carl Frey and Michael Osborne stated in 2013 – that 47% of jobs are susceptible to automation, the most obvious problem is: how are people going to live?
Uber  Book  Self-Employment  technological  unemployment  UK  universal  basic  income  UBI 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Economic Update: The System Exposed (2016.08.18) - YouTube
34:30 = Gig Economy / Sharing Economy = Hype, PR! attempt to part w your money, w your job. your condition is a now unsecure job, the precariat. welcome to the share economy.
Gig  Economy  Sharing  1099  Uber  Deliveryroo  Precariat  Precarious  Work  Zero  Hour  Contract  part-time  technological  unemployment  mobile  homescreen  job  insecurity 
august 2016 by asterisk2a
The Growth Trap
[ growing for growth sake! vs growing in a world/area that is not conducive to grow ] When Twitter went public in 2013, its stock soared and its value jumped to $25 billion. Its founders and early investors got rich. But since then, the company has been considered a failure, despite the fact that it boasts 320 million active users, because it's not growing fast enough. Douglas Rushkoff, author of "Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity," talks to Steve Paikin about why he sees the push for more growth as dangerous. // true capitalists (shareholder, crony, greedy) w/o self-regulation or governance extract all the value there is to extract and then leave, dispersing it to the few who already have [...] WE MUST REWRITE THE RULES OF THE GROWTH GAME ITSELF! [...] you want to optimise the economy based on velocity of money (circulation of money), not share price and value extraction [...]
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
From a Culture of Connectivity to a Platform Society
transform, change public life and social life. [...] participatory culture (reality is sometimes less than 1% create of the 100% that consume. [,,,] give away your user data, get service for free. it became a economic transaction. user data is currency. [...] harmful for people, but no discussion about harms to society and public life (self-censorship) & rise in vanity, Selbstdarstellung! Also filter bubble. Revenge Porn. Stalking. Cyber bullying and cyber mobbing. Phishing for your data, enabling cyber crime. [...] hidden norms and values [...] not a level playing field [pay to play] [...]
Platfom  Silo  Open  Platform  EULA  TOS  Social  Media  Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  winner  take  all  Strava  Google  News  Google  Inc.  Uber  Silicon  Valley  mobile  homescreen  Brand  Gesellschaft  society  WhatsApp  Public  Life  AirBnB  book  Web  2.0  Tinder  user  data  Privacy  Internet  Privacy  sharing  economy  Gig  YouTube  self-censorship  Big  advertisement  re-targeting  advertisement  targeting  Selbstdarstellung  Selfie  filter  bubble  Newsfeed  revenge  porn  stalking  cyber  mobbing  cyber  bullying  phishing  cyber  crime  self-regulation  NextDoor  Amazon  4chan  Reddit 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Why Everyone Must Get Ready For The 4th Industrial Revolution
For example, as automation increases, computers and machines will replace workers across a vast spectrum of industries, from drivers to accountants and estate agents to insurance agents. By one estimate, as many as 47 percent of U.S. jobs are at risk from automation. Many experts suggest that the fourth industrial revolution will benefit the rich much more than the poor, especially as low-skill, low-wage jobs disappear in favor of automation.

But this isn’t new. Historically, industrial revolutions have always begun with greater inequality followed by periods of political and institutional change. The industrial revolution that began at the beginning of the 19th century originally led to a huge polarization of wealth and power, before being followed by nearly 100 years of change including the spread of democracy, trade unions, progressive taxation and the development of social safety nets.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Angestellte bei Airbnb und Uber: "Diese Jobs schaffen ein neues Prekariat"
AirbnB und andere Firmen tun so, als hätten sie eine soziale Mission. Doch laut dem Buchautor Tom Slee beuten sie ihre Angestellten schlimmer aus als herkömmliche Firmen - und begünstigen totale Überwachung. // SPIEGEL: Es gibt Ökonomen, die sehen in diesen neuen Jobs auch eine Chance.

Slee: Diese Jobs schaffen ein neues Prekariat. Die dahinterstehenden Plattformen tarnen sich als Innovation, bauen aber auf unbegrenzte Verfügbarkeit und darauf, Arbeitsgesetze auszuhebeln und alles Risiko den Kleinunternehmern aufzuhalsen. [...] SPIEGEL: Uber und Co gerieren sich oft als Plattformen für freie Miniunternehmer. Sind sie das wirklich?

Slee: Die Leute sind scheinselbstständig, oft werden sie wie Angestellte behandelt. Tatsächlich haben sie etwa die Pflicht, 90 Prozent der angeforderten Fahrten anzunehmen, sonst werden sie gefeuert.
Share  Economy  sharing  Uber  for  X  Uber  Lyft  AirBnB  Book  on-demand  mobile  homescreen  ondemand  convenience  convenience  Service  Sector  Jobs  Precariat  precarious  employment  precarious  work  Contractor  part-time  part-time  employment  Zero  Hour  Contract  1099  Economy  Gig  Economy  neoliberal  neoliberalism  tax  credit  low  pay  low  income  self-employment  labour  market  job  insecurity  job  security  job  market  secular  stagnation  squeezed  middle  class  working  poor  marketplace  efficiencies  TaskRabbit  minimum  wage  TOS  employment  EULA 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
The Uber Model, It Turns Out, Doesn’t Translate
Uber for X // Startups that deliver what you want, when you want it — like Uber, but for groceries, laundry, munchies, etc. — are revamping their business plans or shutting down entirely. It turns out that the on-demand model is so cash-intensive that it only really works if you're, well, Uber.
Uber  Uber  for  X  Uber  Playbook  Lyft  on-demand  mobile  homescreen  convenience  Share  Economy  Gig  Economy  self-employment  1099  Economy  marketplace  efficiencies  TaskRabbit  Zero  Hour  Contract  commodity  business  commoditization  Niedriglohnsektor  Service  Sector  Jobs  job  insecurity  job  creation  job  security  job  market  freelancing  freelance  precarious  work  working  poor  Silicon  Valley 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Uber and Safety | Re/code
Uber has gotten most everything right, except one thing: Its approach to the safety of its customers.
Uber 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Pando: So we’ve all agreed: Zenefits will be the (guilty) scapegoat for all that went wrong in tech for the last five years
You don’t have to read everything Pando has written in the past few years to know some of the things we’re not big on. Bro-ish behavior, breaking laws, the cult of disruption, Silicon Valley companies hiring dangerous political operatives, and dictating your business strategy based on how much money you can raise. To name just a few. You only have to read Farhad Manjoo’s excellent piece on Zenefits last week that detailed how staff were told to turn their t-shirts inside out when they went to bars, or the Journal’s latest story about how Zenefits HR had to circulate a memo asking people not to have sex in the stairwells anymore to know this was a company right up there with “Boober” and the college emails of Evan Spiegel... //&! Zenefits: Were the Valley's kingmakers wrong, or did they just lie? - bit.ly/1SS6bDv //&! The Inside Story Of The Meltdown at $4.5 Billion Unicorn Zenefits - soundcloud.com/jay-yarow/zenefits - the sky is the limit! hyperbole. doubling every year... landgrab!
Zenefits  Uber  Silicon  Valley  Hype  Cycle  growth  round  hunt  for  yield  distortion  governance  corporate  governance  corporate  culture  culture  filter  bubble  bubble  Angel  Investor  Party  Seed  Incubator  Private  Market  FOMO 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Inside How Mutual Funds Value Private Tech — The Information
The sudden and sizable valuation markdowns of high-flying private companies like Snapchat, Dropbox and Zenefits by mutual fund investors has been one of the biggest stories in tech, sowing fears that the market is deflating. They’ve also caused consternation among founders, who have had to defend their companies’ earlier valuations to employees.
downround  growth  round  Mutual  Fund  SPV  Uber  Zenefits  Snapchat  Silicon  Valley  DropBox  hunt  for  yield  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  speculative  bubbles  risk  capital  liquidation  preferences  termsheet  asset  allocation  distortion  Lyft  equity  bubble  reflate  reflation  financial  repression  New  Normal  secular  stagnation  hot-money  BRIC  emerging  market  Frontier  Markets 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘Massive Change’ Is Coming to Cars | Re/code
Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the automotive industry is at the precipice of “massive change” — though he stopped short of saying whether the world’s most valuable company would play a role in that transformation.
Apple  automotive  autoindustry  autonomous  car  self-driving  cars  Tesla  Motors  Apple  automotive  industry  Uber  public  transportation  Millennials  cost  of  ownership  generationy  transportation  urbanisation  urban  planning 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
The Information's 411-10/23 "Blood Feuds" by The Information Podcasts | Free Listening on SoundCloud
11:30 // science is hard. stupid. and a non-consumer product. duh. //&! HYPE CYLCE - on 5 magazine covers and not even public! because she is, as female science-based founder/ceo a rarity and it sells papers >> on.recode.net/1PcJ8zW - Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes’s Five Best Cover Story Appearances, Ranked
Theranos  Hype  Cycle  Silicon  Valley  Elizabeth  Holmes  Steve  Jobs  Leadership  vision  visionary  missionary  Trope  messaging  message  PR  spin  doctor  Mark  Zuckerberg  credibility  glass  cliff  glass  ceiling  gender-based  discrimination  gender-based  harassment  Venture  Capital  B2B  Box  Aaron  Levie  B2C  Google  Inc.  Google  Search  communication  TOS  EULA  consumer  product  Protection  23andme  Tesla  Motors  Elon  Musk  journalismus  journalism  investigative  journalism  Amazon  disruption  disrupting  markets  Uber  Travis  Kalanick  Jeff  Bezos 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: Uber hires former political spin-doctor as new UK comms chief
What could Uber possibly want with a politically-connected, former spin doctor who once helped his boss survive a scandal involving hypocrisy and underpaid employees?
corporate  state  PR  spin  doctor  Uber  corporate  media  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  revolving  door  Career  Politicians  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Positioning 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Rio de Janeiro becomes first city in Brazil to ban Uber | World news | The Guardian
Taxi app says it is looking into legal action over ‘completely unconstitutional bill’ after Mayor Eduardo Paes signed legislation: ‘Uber is forbidden’
Uber 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Readers Don’t Get the True Story — The Information
The costs of off-the-record reporting are increasingly greater than the benefits, as the culture of talking without attribution gives companies too much control. // lots of companies use this practice / PR ... for what? have good relationships, tend the relationships with reporters/journalists? Give them a sense of being in THEIR circle? From outsiders view it looks like 'patting on the head like a child?' // Sarah Lacy once talks about it that there must be more stuff than Techopus. But the cheerleaders within the bubble of success, fame, notoriety and money ... WILL not look, dig, investigate ... because they are hired as cheerleaders (pageviews business model)
journalismus  investigative  journalism  journalism  corporate  media  TechCrunch  Vox  VICE  Sarah  Lacy  Pando.com  PandoDaily  Silicon  Valley  PR  spin  doctor  public  relations  marketing  Google  Uber  Amazon  Apple  Monsanto  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  revolving  door  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  political  theory  social  contract  democracy  Fortune  500  linkedin  counter  culture  transparency  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  shared  economic  interest  crony  capitalism  capitalism  post-capitalism  Buffer  Open  Organization  exploitation  TTIP  TISA  TPP  USA  corporate  state  Surveillance-Industrial  Complex  surveillance  state  Orwellian  military–industrial  military  Pentagon  NSA  Edward  Snowden  Whistleblower  Techopus  Chelsea  Manning  Yahoo!  Twitter  freespeech  freedom  of  press  Wikileaks  manufactured  consent  Polarisation  squeezed  middle  class  globalization  globalisation  inequality  propaganda  populism  reporting 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
What Makes Uber Run | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
"cultural lightning rod."? excuse me please what? < From the cheerleading squadron within SV. TC, Verge (Vox Media), HuffPo (AOL (Verizon Wireless)), BuzzFeed (VC's & corporate media investors NBCU), VICE & Co. // bit.ly/1ietqID - David Plouffe: Being caught threatening a journalist was "the most devastating thing imaginable" for Uber execs - A lot of chatter yesterday about this major profile of Travis Kalanick, in which the Uber founder -- with a little help from Fast Company -- launches his -- second? third? attempt at rebooting his reputation. //&! bit.ly/1LY3VEP - "On bad days, I look at our revenue graph." - Travis Kalanick // &! bit.ly/1F1jewI - Kalanick: I love self-driving cars because I can fire Uber drivers. Audience member: "Don't be a dick" // &! bit.ly/1UGTw8b - Court docs show Uber has settled lawsuit over death of 6-year-old-girl, but wants insurance company to foot the bill //&! Late Show w Colbert - bit.ly/1O71hQh &! bit.ly/1FDBh7k Uber's lost case in China!
Uber  Travis  Kalanick  PR  spin  doctor  Silicon  Valley  journalismus  investigative  journalism  journalism  reporting 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Priceline's Lessons for Uber, Airbnb and Other Unicorns - Bloomberg View
But it was its market valuation that drove the fascination, and after the stock price collapsed from a high of $974.25 a share in April 1999 to $6.75 in December 2000, people mostly stopped talking about Priceline.com. [...] First, that the huge valuations being attached to today’s leading digital startups probably aren’t all crazy. Second, that those valuations may make it hard for late-round private investors, or the rest of us after the eventual IPOs, to make much money off the insight that Uber or Airbnb or Snapchat is in fact built to last. And finally, the big lesson for these companies may be to set aside a bunch of that investor cash for when times get tough -- and maybe hire a CEO, or at least a general counsel, who is really good at making acquisitions.
Uber  Private  Market  AirBnB  Unicorn  Decacorn  hunt  for  yield  growth  round  Private  Equity  Mutual  Fund  Silicon  Valley  dot.com  Snapchat  IPO  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  Twitter 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Alternatives Management: Vertrauen als Ressource für Unternehmen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Oft werben diejenigen am meisten darum, die unter Vertrauensverlust leiden. Denn tatsachlich sinkt das Vertrauen in die Wirtschaft und das Misstrauen steigt. Das ist das Ergebnis nahezu aller Studien zum Thema Verbrauchervertrauen // &! bit.ly/1Vd5jYF - Twitter just made it more difficult to hold politicians accountable // Same with the Conservative Party deleting all their speeches and documents after they won majority in election and partnered up with libdems - bit.ly/1c7hHG6 &! bit.ly/1Epl5va // Auch Geld funktioniert nur dank Vertrauen [...] Der Systemtheoretiker Niklas Luhmann beschrieb Vertrauen daher auch als "Mechanismus zur Reduktion sozialer Komplexität". Ständiges Misstrauen dagegen mache unser Zusammenleben deutlich schwieriger, sagt Martin Schweer. [...] Schnell zeigte sich: Hatte der eine das Geschäft fair und zum gegenseitigen Vorteil abgewickelt, erhöhte der andere in der nächsten Runde seinen Einsatz. // &! bit.ly/1ILzkZU - Does honesty matter ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
What Uber and Airbnb Are Up Against in China - YouTube
- China specific leader for business, native boots on the ground! - min 9 - youtu.be/WcnYafrqdMc // playbook is different from country to country, and very different from western world to asia or Africa or Latin America! because of very different consumer, culture, regulation, politics, ... --- need local partners! period. experienced boots. and lots of handshakes.
Uber  China  linkedin  AirBnB  SoftBank  Asia  expansion  global  trade  playbook  scale  scaling 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: Do SpoonRocket and GoodEggs signal the beginning of the on demand food contraction?
Postmates-- unlike almost all leaders in every ecommerce and mobile commerce segment-- has insisted on growing at a rational pace, while protecting margins. Some would be investors have criticized Postmates for not going on more of a land grab. But other investors I’ve spoken with have been impressed with CEO Bastian Lehman’s restraint in such a free-spending environment. Particularly since Uber has told him -- literally in 2012-- and through its actions recently that it’ll “see (him) in the trenches.” The crazy over-funded trenches lined with subsidy, customer acquisition gold...
convenience  Uber  on-demand  Postmates  Marketplace  FoodPanda  Delivery  Hero  Rocket  Internet  burn  rate  growth  round  customer  acquisition  CAC  customer  retention  LTCV  user  acquisition  user  churn  1099  Economy  Gig  Economy  self-employment 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
The great Uber fairness fallacy: as a driver, how do you bargain with an app? | Technology | The Guardian
Businesses have been shedding their identity as employers for at least 30 years, profiting from the work performed by ‘independent contractors’ without the cost, risk or aggravation of actually dealing with employees
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
SoftBank President's investing advice - YouTube
playbooks different in Asia ... than in western world. lots of different barriers and execution problems. local entrepreneurs will give a good run/fight for their money - uber/airbnb ...trying to crack asia. // https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/softbank & https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/tiger-global & https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/t-rowe-price
SoftBank  Nikesh  Arora  growth  round  Snapdeal  Silicon  Valley  AirBnB  Uber  China  Asia  GrabTaxi  Rocket  Internet  Coupang  Alibaba  India  Flipkart 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Uber bookings more than treble in a year to nearly $11bn, says report | Technology | The Guardian
Controversial taxi app’s revenues double every six months according to unverified investor report but profit figures still remain shrouded in secrecy
Uber 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Networks and the Nature of the Firm — The WTF Economy — Medium
“publish, then filter” - Clay Shirky. >> It is fundamentally an open-ended network in which filtering and curation (otherwise known as “management”) happens largely after the fact. [ Twitter lacks a management/curation feature, has to overcome its once cheered differentiator of no curating nor using algorithms to make sense of the noise one subscribed to. ] [...] [ Replacing knowledgeable workers, sales person, support staff, with software. ] One way to think about the new generation of on-demand companies, such as Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb, is that they are networked platforms for physical world services, which are bringing fragmented industries into the 21st century in the same way that ecommerce has transformed retail. [...] This fragmented industry [Taxi] provides work not just for drivers but for managers, dispatchers, maintenance workers, and bookkeepers.
Clay  Shirky  Marketplace  efficiencies  plurality  Platform  user  generated  content  Open  Platform  noise  pollution  Signal  vs.  noise  curation  curator  content  curation  Newsfeed  algorithm  Google  Search  Page  Rank  Twitter  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  on-demand  convenience  Service  Sector  Jobs  commodity  business  commoditization  Amazon  Google  Uber  AirBnB  Lyft  e-commerce  YouTube  fragmented  Silicon  Valley  franchising  model  franchise 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Private Tech Draws Wide Array of Mutual Funds — The Information
The number of traditionally public investors in Uber is higher than previously understood, according to regulatory filings. But questions about risk and liquidity remain.
Uber  growth  round  Silicon  Valley  Venture  Capital  Mutual  Fund  Private  Equity  Hedge  Fund  hunt  for  yield  liquidation  preferences  termsheet 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Uber operating at big losses, suggests document leak - BBC News
They show operating losses of more than $100m (£65m) in the second quarter of 2014, albeit coupled with steady growth in revenue. In a statement, the company hit back at reports but did not deny them."Shock, horror, Uber makes a loss," it said. "This is hardly news, and old news at that," it added. "It's a case of business 101: you raise money, you invest money, you grow (hopefully), you make a profit and that generates a return for investors." [...] One positive note to emerge was the fact that the company increased its cash holdings from $263m in 2013 to over $1bn the following year. [ war chest ] [ growth round = do or die, no conservative mode ]
Uber  Venture  Capital  growth  round  Unicorn  Decacorn  2015  Lift  termsheet  liquidation  preferences 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Modern Millionaire Mentality | Scalable Startups@UC Berkeley
"Ignore at Your Own Peril" >> Facebook courting Instagram bc Instagram wes better Photo social network than what ever FB had ideas and still not got as of 2014/2015. Snapchat; 3bn offer. // Balmer laughing when asked about new release of Apple products. Missing the boat on mobile entirely at their peril trying to fix it now actively as of 2015 with business focus. // linked in tapping their toes into professional development - with lynda acquisition. as MOOCs are yet not the break-out they were promised to be by tech 'thought leaders.' // Uber being aggressive and experimenting with delivery and investing in autonomous car technology and mapping. being not just marketplace on phone, but wanting to be a transportation technology company. // IBM and Oracle getting stolen their lunches by SAAS & PAAS with less friction and frustration and lock-in and up-front cost. // Wall Street does not support generously that companies destroy their existing business model with new ones (uncertainty).
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Facebook  Google  Microsoft  Apple  Twitter  linkedin  Uber  creative  destruction  IBM  Box  Oracle  Amazon  Nokia  technological  history  Silicon  Valley  Wall  Street 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Spotted in London: A taxi industry billboard echoing Pando's most recent Uber reporting (kinda)
Just a few weeks weeks after we laid out the many cozy political connections between British Prime Minister David Cameron and new Uber spin chief Rachel Whetstone, this mobile billboard has been spotted driving around London...
Uber  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  PR  public  relations  Google  spin  doctor 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Homejoy Is Shutting Down At The End Of The Month | TechCrunch
tcrn.ch/1CO0OOU / 7:10 $VC subsidized early business. Could not get 2 cash flow even. Lets not speak of cash flow positive. // If u dont have a cash flow even/positive business, u are dependent on $VC 2 keeping it afloat. If u dont have massive growth, VCs like 2 see & not hitting ur milestones & ur still not able 2 turn the business arnd towards cash flow even. Ur dead in the pan. AND 4 digital only consumer & entertainment products, scale is important +10m users. Because then only advertisers might ... might consider placing an add/natively if the conversion & engagement metrics are attractive. Advertisers & brands cant spread resources thin across 1000 apps. Its overhead & waste in ops. That is why BIG like TV (still), Daily Paper/Magazine (still) and FB (owning +70% of Social) are the MAIN HUBS. >> THUS [Freemium] the Free On Phone Version 4 closetphile (wont cost u much except dev) & the Customer paying 4 Cloud Convenience,Security, more features (ie analytics). &! bit.ly/1CSygUA
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Helpling: Putzportal-Chef Franke über Preise und Festanstellungen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Putzjob: Zwischen 8 und 9,50 Euro Stundenlohn verdienen "Helplinge" - minus Kosten für Rentenversicherung, Anfahrt, Arbeitskleidung --- Die Plattform Helpling vermittelt günstige Putzkräfte. Forciert sie nur die Ausbeutung von Tagelöhnern? Hier spricht Mitgründer Benedikt Franke über karge Stundenlöhne. [...] KarriereSPIEGEL: On-Demand-Plattformen verbrennen derzeit vor allem Geld. Ihr US-Konkurrent Homejoy soll pro Auftrag zwölf Dollar Verlust einfahren. Wird Helpling jemals profitabel arbeiten können? Franke: Unser Geschäft hängt ganz davon ab, ob es uns gelingt, langfristige Kundenbeziehung aufzubauen. Darauf konzentrieren wir uns derzeit, versuchen aus ganzer Kraft, das Kundenerlebnis zu optimieren. Operativ arbeiten wir bereits profitabel. [ LTV - user lifetime value got to be < than user acquisition cost = sustainable (if operation can be paid for and some little profit even) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Customer_lifetime_value ] - bit.ly/1NP6Ore "digitaler feudalismus"
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Robert Reich on Uber's business practices
Today Uber staged a protest outside New York City Hall against a bill to limit the issuance of new for-hire car licenses (about 60 people showed up for the rally, most of them Uber employees). Meanwhile, according to Bloomberg Business, Uber is still losing money. So what happens if, after driving most traditional taxis out of business, Uber goes under? Or after driving out the competition, it has the market to itself and starts raising its prices? Under antitrust law, a company acts illegally if it engages in predatory pricing – pricing below cost in order to push competitors out of business. // &! Uber Loses Money as It Grows - youtu.be/0pUVUk0tpvo &! Uber's Business Model: A Rare Look at the Numbers - youtu.be/2yc6N_Ofycw
Uber  antitrust  Travis  Kalanick  Bill  Gates  Silicon  Valley  history  corporate  governance 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Uber Acquires Part of Bing’s Mapping Assets | Hacker News
http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/29/uber-acquires-part-of-bings-mapping-assets-will-absorb-around-100-microsoft-employees/ &! This acquisition plus the Carnegie Mellon robotics lab acquisition [1] makes it pretty certain they are doubling down and putting huge technical investments into autonomous cars. They are perfect for it too - but damn if that isn't quick considering how long they have been on the market. [...] [ & ] This is notable in my mind as I can't recall a "reverse-acqui-hire" of this size quite like this. What I mean is, usually it is the MSFTs/GOOG/APPLs of the world scooping out chunks of tech talent from smaller firms or taking them over altogether, not the other way around.
Uber  autonomous  car  self-driving  cars  public  transportation  transportation  transportation  industry  Google  Google  X 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
The Surveillance Economy and Extreme Income Inequality: You Can't Have One Without the Other - YouTube
Uber and Airbnb is equal to informal economy (uncertainty) = staying power only for owner of marketplace (wealth accumulation & ultimate bargain power as owner of (monopoly/oligopoly form of marketplace). Silicon Valley made the informal economy cool again bc its on your smartpone (homescreen). Uber & Co are becoming, as owners of said marketplace, the new super elite (with no shared economic interest & no stakeholder in local economy). Disenfranchised & Price war. // The perfect, crazy, too good to be true, idea - will crash eventually (accumulating wealth with little to no input [see stakeholder theory/shared economic interest/long-term views and interest!]). // Start-up Lesson/Advice: "cost of choice" & paying computation with advertising = corruption (Google, Facebook &Co) paying (Wall Street, short-termism [Fast Food]) for micro-management of your life, of your choice. = U loosing free will. // youtu.be/kZO8mgarU0k youtu.be/XdEuII9cv-U youtu.be/cCvf2DZzKX0 youtu.be/5puB_7Q2n74
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Uber’s drivers are employees, not “contractors”: California labor commission ruling | PandoDaily
[ Uber is not a stakeholder in the local economy and does not share economic interest of the population at large. Uber = privatization of public/private transportation. an option for convenience. trading money for time and convenience ] Uber’s business model—skim profits off drivers, while avoiding the expenses that come with hiring drivers as employees—just suffered a major blow: the California labor commission has just ruled that Uber’s drivers are, in fact, employees, not contractors. Uber, which has seen its valuation soar to over $50 billion, can no longer claim that it is just a nifty little app that happens to pair up micro-entrepreneurial drivers and consumers, thereby avoiding the expenses and laws that other transportation and logistics companies have to bear. The ruling will significantly impact Uber’s valuation, now that they’ll have to pay and treat their drivers like employees.
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Uber will China erobern - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der US-Fahrdienst-Vermittler Uber forciert mit massivem Finanzaufwand seine Expansion in China. Um den umkämpften Markt zu erobern, zahle das kalifornische Unternehmen Fahrern in "halsbrecherischem Tempo" Boni, die sogar den Fahrpreis überstiegen, berichtete die "New York Times" am Montag. [...] Uber ist schon länger in China aktiv. Im Dezember war der Internetriese Baidu bei der umstrittenen Transport-App aus Kalifornien eingestiegen. Im Januar hatte die chinesische Regierung allerdings strengere Regeln für den Taxi-Konkurrenten beschlossen. Die Regierung in Peking betrachtet den Boom von Taxi-Apps wie Uber argwöhnisch.
Uber 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Uber’s 5th birthday party was pure theater, and here’s our review | The Verge
“For the finale, Kalanick takes the stage and outlines his vision. Political consultants have written a speech for him that makes him sound less like a CEO and more like he’s running for president.”
Uber  Travis  Kalanick 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Uber's Google poach - YouTube
"reinforced the message that Uber has and wants to win a PR battle" // Rachel Whetstone, Google's head of communications and policy, has been poached by Uber. How will the jobs compare and what does the move say about Silicon Valley's PR machinery? Management editor Andrew Hill talks to John Gapper, chief business columnist.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Florida man undermines Uber’s claim that drivers aren’t employees | PandoDaily
tech-enabled marketplace in your pocket. (1) trading money for time and (2) finding through the marketplace efficiently someone to do it (price discovery, finding a natural equilibrium - how ever it might look). A search engine for people doing manual mennial labour. // http://www.fastcoexist.com/3040863/stop-saying-uber-is-part-of-the-sharing-economy
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Elizabeth Warren: No Need to Stop Uber-ized Workforce, but Must Invest in Education (Video) | Re/code
Warren defends Uber-ization of labor // Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator denounced by some as a “far-left” socialist radical, came out in support of the “Uber-ization” of the labor force. “We’re not going to stop tech so that lots of people will work,” Sen. Warren said at yesterday’s Code Conference. “That’s like saying, ‘Let’s get rid of heavy equipment and let people dig with a spoon.'” // "how the on-demand economy is creating full-time jobs out of part-time work. Several startups, like Uber, rely on contract employers. Google CEO Larry Page has predicted that part-time working will soon be the norm." // marketplace lowers prices! its inevitable. Except there is regulation and a guaranteed income /w around minimum wage. // Wall Street - Capitalism - rootless global corporations (& money have no conscience) has no self-limiter. Is no stakeholder in a local economy has no shared economic interest whether in a local economy nor country. // on.recode.net/1eAwEE0
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Cabbies in Mexico City and London protest competition from Uber | PandoDaily
Protestors have said that drivers for these services aren’t subject to the same regulations, licensing fees, or fare minimums as the city’s official taxi drivers. This makes it harder for licensed cabs to compete with on-demand services.
Uber  Cabify  Hailo 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
I was an undercover Uber driver :: Cover :: Philadelphia City Paper
I talked to maybe 20 randomly hailed UberX and Lyft drivers between November and March. All but one were male immigrants, primarily from Africa, South Asia and the Middle East, and most spoke heavily accented English. It's a completely different group from the drivers I'm able to get in touch with through Uberpeople.net, the demographics of which I'd call "Reddit-ish." All the immigrant drivers who spoke to me took a lot of pride in providing excellent service. Few had been Uber drivers for more than a month or two. Many were helping support multiple family members, most had at least one other job and all worked hours that would reduce me to a weeping wreck in a month. [// working on a marketplace platform does not allow you to differentiate yourself // Seth Godin - being remarkable, the purple cow] [Uber also in transparent about cost structure for drivers and their own mini business] [Uber&Co, bc of marketplace, is resistant 2 workers protests] [there is also no minimum wage]
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
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