Category Archives for Uber.

The Ugly Side of the Ridesharing Economy

Uber is hailed by many as the example of what the service workforce of the future could be.  On demand, scalable, inexpensive, and easily replaceable.  That last part is the ugly side of the ridesharing economy. While my adventures in driving have been few and far between since my “how much does a driver make” experiment…

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How “Select” is UberSelect?

Friday was one of my more frustrating days to be an Uber passenger.  Some of the usual complaints not withstanding, I had a bizarre day with Uber and one that gives me pause when considering the future direction of the company, at least here in the Dallas/Fort Worth market. It started innocently enough – I…

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Dear Uber Driver (An Open Letter)

Dear Uber driver*, (* or Lyft driver or Curb driver or yellow taxi/black car/pedicab driver… I’ve been in dozens of your cars in 2015 already and the lines are blurring so this is really for all of you) How’s it going? Listen, I know its tough out there with the lowered fares (or bogus bonuses, unfair…

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UPDATE: Lyft Bonus Saga

It looks like the Lyft bonus promotion has turned into a major wreck, leaving drivers (and potential drivers) ensnarled in the pileup. For those playing catch up, here’s the short version: 1. Last Thursday, Lyft offered an amazing driver sign up offer – $1,000 for new drivers who are approved and drive ONE ride in…

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Uber Driver Earnings – Do They Clear Minimum Wage?

Editorial note – this story was extensively fact-checked to be sure the pay reported was accurately conveyed, including how Uber calculates guarantees for their drivers.  Ten days ago, I reported that the latest round of rate cuts for UberX, while great for consumers, might spell the end of equitable Uber driver earnings, even with promised…

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