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Uber and Uber-like startups' impacts on society and economy

Ubernomics. In trying to push its case with the public, Uber decided to share its internal data with Alan Krueger, a prominent Princeton economist and former head of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers.


Who are the Uber Drivers? What kind of workers are driving for Uber?

Who are the Uber Drivers?

Jonathan V. Hall and Alan B. Krueger offer the first set of systematic answers to this question in "An Analysis of the Labor Market for Uber’s Driver-Partners in the United States," published as Working Paper #587 for the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University (January 22, 2015). Now we know how many drivers Uber has — and have a better idea of what they’re making​ A woman leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco.

Now we know how many drivers Uber has — and have a better idea of what they’re making​

(Eric Risberg/Associated Press) The rapidly growing technology company Uber released internal data on Thursday arguing that drivers who use the app to give rides-for-hire in their personal cars are making more money as chauffeurs than professional taxi drivers do — as much as $17 an hour in the District and Los Angeles, $23 in San Francisco and $30 in New York. Uber’s Business Model Could Change Your Work. Photo As Uber has grown to become one of the world’s most valuable start-ups, its ambitions often seem limitless.

Uber’s Business Model Could Change Your Work

But of all the ways that Uber could change the world, the most far-reaching may be found closest at hand: your office. Uber, and more broadly the app-driven labor market it represents, is at the center of what could be a sea change in work, and in how people think about their jobs. You may not be contemplating becoming an Uber driver any time soon, but the Uberization of work may soon be coming to your chosen profession. Just as Uber is doing for taxis, new technologies have the potential to chop up a broad array of traditional jobs into discrete tasks that can be assigned to people just when they’re needed, with wages set by a dynamic measurement of supply and demand, and every worker’s performance constantly tracked, reviewed and subject to the sometimes harsh light of customer satisfaction.

“I think it’s nonsense, utter nonsense,” said Robert B. Dr. Dr. “L’Uberisme est un thatcherisme” Antonio Casilli est maître de conférences en sociologie à Télécom Paris-Tech.

“L’Uberisme est un thatcherisme”

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The sharing economy is a lie: Uber, Ayn Rand and the truth about tech and libertarians

We’re told that we reveal our true character in moments of crisis, and apparently that’s as true for companies as it is for individuals. A number of experts have challenged the idea that the horrific explosion of violence in a Sydney café was “terrorism,” since the attacker was mentally unbalanced and acted alone. But, terror or not, the ordeal was certainly terrifying. Amid the chaos and uncertainty, the city believed itself to be under a coordinated and deadly attack. The Gig Economy Won't Last Because It's Being Sued To Death. When Vilma and Greta Zenelaj came across a Craigslist job ad that promised they could make as much as $22 an hour and get paid fast, it seemed like a good deal.

The Gig Economy Won't Last Because It's Being Sued To Death

The Albanian sisters had moved to Santa Monica to get a foothold in the film industry, and though they had produced a few independent features, they had run out of savings before they could also make a living. Now they were desperate to pay their bills. Handy (then Handybook), the company that posted the Craigslist ad, is best known as a cleaning service. But unlike Merry Maids or your local cleaning franchise, it doesn’t actually employ any cleaners.

Instead, it relies on an army of independent contractors to complete jobs, taking a 15% to 20% commission of every hour worked. It's Already Over And Uber Has Won - BuzzFeed News. Meet the Lawyer Fighting Uber’s Business Model. One of the perks of being a top Uber driver is the company’s employee-of-the-week award.

Meet the Lawyer Fighting Uber’s Business Model

It’s called the Sixth Star prize, and it comes with a swag bag and a $1,000 American Express gift card. It’s the sort of thing that all sorts of big companies do to encourage their workers to go that proverbial, or actual, extra mile. But with Uber, there’s a hitch. The taxi behemoth does not employ any of its drivers. They are all independent contractors, paid by the gig. Working for Uber might come with its perks, then, but it also comes without the benefits and protections many businesses provide for their employees. The lawyer is Shannon Liss-Riordan, who has in the past fought for the workplace rights of baristas, janitors, delivery drivers, skycaps, call-center employees, and exotic dancers.

Right now, the legal distinctions between employees and contractors are fine ones. The Gig Economy. Warning: This post touches politics.

The Gig Economy

The comments will likely be incendiary and polarizing. Healthtap. What Airbnb Gets About Culture that Uber Doesn’t - HBR. Last week, as Uber battled a media firestorm after a senior executive talked of investigating unfriendly journalists and a company manager actually used its “God View” feature to track the comings and goings of a reporter, Airbnb welcomed more than 1,500 of its most productive providers to its first-ever host convention, an immersive celebration one expert attendee likened to a Mary Kay event.

The happy #AirbnbOpen sentiment of gift-wrapped programs, food drives, and a new company logo that doubles as a swing filled my Twitter stream, painting a stark contrast to the cynicism of the dystopian #ubergate tweets. The contrast was especially striking given that Airbnb and Uber are together inventing a new organizational form: platforms that are firm-market hybrids, supplying branded service offerings without actually employing the providers or owning the assets used in provision. These two flagship platforms of the sharing economy are remarkably similar in many ways. Uber’s New BHAG: UberPool. Uber’s New BHAG: UberPool “Can you take me Higher? To a place where blind men see Can you take me Higher? To a place with golden streets” — Creed, Higher.