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Chefs+Tech: Uber Gets Into the Restaurant Guide Business

Chefs+Tech: Uber Gets Into the Restaurant Guide Business

Chefs+Tech

Uber in the restaurant business, Airbnb in the tours business — some say natural expansions, others say side hustles.

3 days ago

Uber Prepares Its Biggest Argument Yet: It’s Not a Taxi or Transport Company

Uber Prepares Its Biggest Argument Yet: It’s Not a Taxi or Transport Company

Foo Yun Chee, Reuters

... and Skift is not the largest travel news and marketing platform. It's a pixel delivery service.

7 days ago

What’s Keeping Uber and Airbnb From Going Public

What’s Keeping Uber and Airbnb From Going Public

Dave Montali, Skift

Are IPOs a feasible option for the sharing economy?

3 weeks ago

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Video: Smartling VP of Operations on What Airbnb & Uber Can Teach the Industry

Video: Smartling VP of Operations on What Airbnb & Uber Can Teach the Industry

SkiftX + Skift

Technology-first companies like Uber and Airbnb are leading the charge in being more inclusive to consumers by expanding their language offerings, but it appears the rest of the travel industry still has a way to go.

3 weeks ago

Why The World’s Biggest Banks Don’t Want to Participate in Uber’s IPO

Why The World’s Biggest Banks Don’t Want to Participate in Uber’s IPO

Julie Verhage and Alex Barinka, Bloomberg

Some big banks are being cautious about investing early in Uber, since the timing of its big IPO has yet to materialize and the ridesharing giant has been slow to release concrete details about its finances.

3 weeks ago

Some Uber and Lyft Drivers Drop Riders Based on Race, MIT Study Finds

Some Uber and Lyft Drivers Drop Riders Based on Race, MIT Study Finds

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Uber and Lyft have done a ton to blunt taxi industry racism by serving minority neighborhoods but at the same time some Uber and Lyft drivers, like many taxi drivers, are guilty of racist practices when it comes to avoiding minority customers. Like Airbnb, Uber and Lyft need to do something fast to address the problem, which is endemic in the ground-transportation industry.

1 month ago

UK Judges Tell Uber It’s Kidding Itself That It’s Not a Taxi Service

UK Judges Tell Uber It’s Kidding Itself That It’s Not a Taxi Service

Jeremy Hodges and Jeremy Kahn, Bloomberg

A victory of common sense over the worst kind of Silicon Valley BS. Far too many companies want to say they are something they are not in order to avoid responsibility to both employees and customers.

1 month ago

Traditional Car Services Won’t Disappear From Corporate Travel Anytime Soon

Traditional Car Services Won’t Disappear From Corporate Travel Anytime Soon

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

While ridesharing has gained solid traction in corporate travel, the business model of traditional car services providing ground transportation to companies is still strong. What remains to be seen is whether car services will widely adopt more user-friendly interfaces for hailing cars on demand.

1 month ago

Uber and Lyft’s Growth Is Slowing in Most Major U.S. Cities

Uber and Lyft’s Growth Is Slowing in Most Major U.S. Cities

Dan Peltier, Skift

Ridesharing growth in the U.S. is slowing but it's not stopping. If Uber, Lyft and other relevant players can stick to the markets and consumer segments that matter they'll continue to capture them.

2 months ago

Chinese Rules To Bar 80 Percent of Ride-Sharing Cars in Shanghai

Chinese Rules To Bar 80 Percent of Ride-Sharing Cars in Shanghai

Lulu Yilun Chen, Bloomberg

The bureaucrats in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen are taking dramatic steps to reduce the number of ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing's drivers and cars. With the degree of pollution in cities such as Beijing, the crackdown isn't entirely without merit. Nor is it the last word on the subject, though, as there is a lot of demand for these services.

2 months ago

Is Uber’s Huge Commission Rate a Red Flag and Opportunity for Competitors?

Is Uber’s Huge Commission Rate a Red Flag and Opportunity for Competitors?

Shira Ovide, Bloomberg

Uber's high commissions -- which piss off drivers -- represent an opportunity for competitors, although Lyft's take rate is roughly on par with Uber's. At some point, Uber might need to hurt its own bottom line by being more generous with its drivers -- especially since driverless cars aren't around the corner.

2 months ago

Is Trust Enough in The Sharing Economy?

Is Trust Enough in The Sharing Economy?

Patrick Whyte, Skift

By tackling the issue of trust, not only will companies in the sharing economy be able to raise standards, they might also be able to keep regulators off their backs.

2 months ago