Articles tagged “ride-sharing”

Uber Will Train 150 Agents on Sexual Assault Reports

Uber Will Train 150 Agents on Sexual Assault Reports

Tom Krisher , Associated Press

The $5 million that Uber is pledging is a modest step, but the question is whether it amounts to a deep-seated commitment to combat sexual assault within its ridesharing service or whether this is window-dressing geared for some nice public relations.

2 weeks ago

Ride-Sharing Apps Like Uber and Lyft Are Contributing to Urban Congestion

Ride-Sharing Apps Like Uber and Lyft Are Contributing to Urban Congestion

Justin Fox, Bloomberg

Like any new technology or service, there are often unintended consequences. Uber, Lyft and others are putting more cars on the road, which isn't great, but on the other hand they make for more affordable transportation and possibly see fewer people driving drunk. So there's that.

1 month ago

Transportation Spending Grabs Smaller Share of Household Income in Sharing Economy Era

Transportation Spending Grabs Smaller Share of Household Income in Sharing Economy Era

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The democratization of travel in the U.S. has led to a smaller share of spending on cars and transportation over the last 30 years. It's disheartening, though, that transportation costs still account for the second largest spending bucket for U.S. residents.

1 month ago

Uber UK and Northern Europe Boss to Step Down Amid London Licensing Fight

Uber UK and Northern Europe Boss to Step Down Amid London Licensing Fight

Adam Satariano, Bloomberg

Whether or not Bertram's departure is tied to Uber's problems in London, getting someone new in there sends a positive signal that Uber realizes its shortcomings in the UK, and wants to fix them.

2 months ago

Ousted Uber CEO Fills 2 Board Seats and Wants Everyone to Know He’s Still a Force

Ousted Uber CEO Fills 2 Board Seats and Wants Everyone to Know He’s Still a Force

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

We hope there will be security guards sitting in during Uber's next board meeting because this is going to be rough. To borrow a phrase, former CEO Travis Kalanick is not going gentle into that good night. At all.

2 months ago

Uber Legal Chief Is Stepping Down as New CEO Sets Agenda

Uber Legal Chief Is Stepping Down as New CEO Sets Agenda

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Before it can focus on becoming profitable, Uber needs to solve its legal problems. Clearly, its current approach hasn't been working and new leadership is necessary.

2 months ago

Uber Asian Rival Grab Adds Toyota as Investor in $2.5 Billion Funding Round

Uber Asian Rival Grab Adds Toyota as Investor in $2.5 Billion Funding Round

Yoolim Lee, Bloomberg

New Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has many challenges to contend with, and one is Singapore-based ride-hailing company Grab.

3 months ago

Expedia CEO Starts New Job as Uber Boss Today

Expedia CEO Starts New Job as Uber Boss Today

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Khosrowshahi takes over a unicorn in Uber and will have the challenge of his life to get the ride-share company speeding along and toward an IPO with a trunk-full of controversies and problems. The choice of the next Expedia CEO to succeed him is indeed a critical one that will have far-reaching implications.

3 months ago

Uber-Rival Grab to Invest $100 Million in Mobile-First Myanmar

Uber-Rival Grab to Invest $100 Million in Mobile-First Myanmar

Yoolim Lee, Bloomberg

Grab's investment in Myanmar is part of its "hyper-local" focus as it leverages its SoftBank funding to pick its spots against Uber. Myanmar consumers are rapidly becoming mobile phone users after years of being shut out so Grab's entry is timely.

3 months ago

Ousted Uber CEO Plots a Comeback But it Is Not the Steve Jobs Kind

Ousted Uber CEO Plots a Comeback But it Is Not the Steve Jobs Kind

Brad Stone, Bloomberg

Can Kalanick mend his ways and reform Uber's toxic culture? Highly doubtful. Does he even want to? Uber's product teams are still functioning in a business-as-usual manner, but this mess won't get cleaned up until the CEO mess gets cleaned up.

3 months ago

Benchmark Files Lawsuit to Oust Former Uber CEO From Company Board

Benchmark Files Lawsuit to Oust Former Uber CEO From Company Board

Olivia Zaleski and Jef Feeley, Bloomberg

If Benchmark wins this lawsuit, gets Kalanick off the board, and thwarts any potential comeback as CEO, Uber can finally make a fresh start. That being said, Uber would not have gotten as far as it has come without the now-discredited former CEO.

3 months ago

Uber Operations Boss Ryan Graves to Step Down as Management Shakeup Heats Up

Uber Operations Boss Ryan Graves to Step Down as Management Shakeup Heats Up

Olivia Zaleski, Bloomberg

Ryan Graves was a key personality in the early days when Uber was trying to get its act together. Oh, wait, Uber is still trying to get its act together but Graves helped make Uber a global brand.

3 months ago