Uber is trying to bring a competing bike program to Chicago, but Rahm doesn’t seem to care. He’s falling back on the fact that the city is, “not in a procurement process” so he doesn’t need to take bids. | learn more
Author: Brad Stone
This story is brought to you from the same author as The Everything Store, an excellent book about Amazon. With his tech reporter credentials he’s able to get exclusive and deep access to the key players involved in the growth of storied tech companies.
This book’s subjects are Uber and Airbnb, the titans of the so-called sharing economy. I have been following both companies for a while from my perch as a “tech enthusiast”. I also claim fame as an early adopter of Uber in Chicago, having used it a couple times to show off back when it only offered black cars. 🙂
I am glad to report that there was a lot to each company’s founding story that I learned from this book. I now have a much clearer understanding of the players involved in the origin stories, including the founders, competitors, and investors. It was fascinating to learn, and I encourage my fellow technophiles and startup enthusiasts to read this book.
“A new DePaul University study finds that electric scooters could be useful for trips to and from transit, and could help more Chicago households go without a car.” | learn more
Chamath Palihapitiya is the founder of the uber-successful investment firm Social Capital, which has recently been in the news for some serious drama (google it if you’re curious). Chamath is interviewed here by Jason Calacanis and shares his controversial views on the inherent problem with the Silicon Valley fund model. Skip to 22nd minute if crunched for time. | learn more
“In an effort to simultaneously improve and diminish public perception of the ride-sharing company, Uber announced the hiring of a top marketing and consulting firm Tuesday to help decrease awareness of their brand.” |learn more
Ben Thompson of Stratechery discusses how he looks at Uber’s business in the context of bundles: transportation as a service, uber eats, and self-driving cars. | learn more
VC Andrew Chen analyzes why most of the marketplace startups billed as “Uber for X market” have failed. Spot on! | learn more
“Would you have seen these websites from Uber, Airbnb, and others and predicted they would one day be billion-dollar companies?” | learn more
How did the rise of Uber & Lyft correlate with the number of DUI arrests? There’s no proof of causation, but the correlation looks great! | learn more
When you order Postmates or an Uber, you get to watch where your vehicle is real-time. No such luck with LTL, which typically has a 4 hour delivery window. In a huge move for customer experience of truck deliveries, Wayfair announced similar real-time tracking in 10 major markets. | learn more