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UBER RIVAL CEO: Uber Is For The Rich, We're For Everyone Else

You could tap a button to hail an Uber car, ask someone with a pink mustache on her car to pick you up (Lyft), or request a Sidecar.<p>Sidecar, which recently raised $10 million from Union Square Ventures, is determined to become the go-to ridesharing service for economically conscious people.<p>"I don't …

I Bought An Apartment To Rent Out On Airbnb - Need/Want

In 2012 I bought an apartment specifically to rent out on airbnb. I’ve been managing it remotely for the past year. This post includes everything I …

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Guild.is Wants To Prevent The Next Sharing Economy Insurance Debacle

What happens when an Uber driver gets in an accident? Or an Airbnb renter trashes a home? A new company is helping link startups and insurance companies to tackle the thorny issues that arise when the sharing economy goes wrong.<p>In 2012, a vehicle rented out with RelayRides–a site that lets people …

Transportation study: Market for ride-sharing, for-hire vehicles ‘growing rapidly’ in Seattle

Those without their own vehicles in Seattle are looking for alternatives to taxis now more than ever.<p>That’s the conclusion from a study conducted by …

Sharing economy's rapid growth raises thorny but vital questions

The notion of a sharing economy has moved from obscurity just a few years ago to the economic cover story of 2013.<p>Standout successes – such as vacation-rental site Airbnb, ridesharing apps Lyft and Sidecar, online-teaching site Skillshare, errand-outsourcing site TaskRabbit and custom-tour-guide …

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Uber Filing in Delaware Shows TPG Investment at $3.5 Billion Valuation; Google Ventures Also In

According to a Delaware filing by Uber Technologies, it has sold stock in the fast-growing privately held transportation service to private equity …

Dispatch From The Future: Uber To Purchase 2,500 Driverless Cars From Google

<b>July 25, 2023</b> — As part of its second-quarter earnings announcement today, local transportation and delivery giant Uber announced its biggest bet on autonomous vehicles yet, saying it would purchase 2,500 driverless cars from Google. In addition, the two companies have agreed to a deal in which …

Google Ventures Puts $258M Into Uber, Its Largest Deal Ever

A certificate unearthed by AllThingsD today shows that Uber has closed $361.2 million in its latest round. It’s unknown why TPG, which picked up 775,092 shares, paid a lower per-share price than the other participants. The late-stage investor plunked down a total of $88.4 million in Uber. Existing …

With A San Francisco Launch Imminent, Lyft Is Doubling Its Fleet Of Drivers And Readying An Android App

It’s been just eight weeks since Zimride’s ride-sharing service, Lyft, was launched in beta, providing San Francisco users a low-cost alternative to cabs and Ubers. Since then, the service has grown a tremendous amount: It’s got more than 100 drivers operating in the area, who together are taking …

Lyft’s sale of Zimride shows how ride sharing hasn’t caught on in the U.S. yet

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Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky on Building a Company and Starting a 'Sharing' Revolution

The co-founder and CEO of the most famous member of the "sharing economy" says rooms are just the beginning. (Also, he'd like New York City to legalize his business.)<p>"You know the story right?" Brian Chesky asks me. I nod. I've read it in so many places, it's practically an origin myth by …

California PUC Proposes Legalizing Ride-Sharing From Startups Lyft, SideCar, Uber

The California Public Utilities Commission has issued a proposed ruling on ride-sharing companies, which would a new category of “transportation network company” to cover startups such as Lyft, SideCar and Uber.<p>The new category will be separate from its existing “transportation charter party” …

CiteeCar's Hybrid Car Rental Model: The Future For Car Sharing?

Car sharing is a growing trend in the U.S., but in Europe it has drawn particular interest with many players jumping into the market, including manufacturers like Daimler and BMW.<p>A new European startup, CiteeCar, is taking on both these manufacturers and other startups with a hybrid low-cost model. …

Fuel Subsidies: The World's Dumbest Transportation Policy?

There are plenty of transportation policy ideas which get my spider-sense tingling. But in most cases, I think it’s at least possible to form a …

The Sharing Economy Comes Of Age

At London’s LeWeb conference, kicking off today, there is much talk about the new consumer values: transparency, participation, and collaboration. The businesses of the future would do well to understand this movement.<p><i>“Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working at jobs we hate so we can</i> …

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Management, Leadership, and Mark Hurd: Why Top Teams Are More Important Than Individual CEOs

A fascinating editorial by Joe Nocera in “The New York Times” about the Mark Hurd story makes the argument that perhaps HP wanted to get rid of Hurd for other reasons, and used sex/misuse of funds scandal as an excuse.<p>My last posts here and at Harvard Business Review were about the unintended …

How the sharing economy will kill mediocre VCs

If you’re old enough, spend a moment thinking about the first time you signed up for an online bank. What year was it? 1999? 2001? Maybe later. …

Start-ups: Shareholder societies | Financial Times

For Allison and Dave Shuttleworth, Airbnb has been a financial saviour. When Mr Shuttleworth lost his job at a hospital last year, the income from …

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How AirBnb and Uber could be the next eBay and Amazon | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business

<i>(Update: Weeks after I wrote this post, Google invested over $250 million into Uber. Google has Shopping Express delivery, self-driving cars, a</i> …

Airbnb And The Unstoppable Rise Of The Share Economy

On paper, Frederic Larson is just one data point in five years of U.S. government statistics showing underemployment in dozens of industries and stagnant income growth across the board. The 63-year-old photographer with two children in college was downsized by the San Francisco Chronicle in 2009. …

Collaborative Economy: Industry Stats

The following will have links, sources, and dates sorted in logical orders to find key stats that you’ll need to make decisions. Additionally, I’ll …