Discussions on book: Wild Ride: Inside Uber's Quest for World Domination
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Publisher: Portfolio
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ISBN-10: 0735211396
ISBN-13: 978-0735211391
Pages: 240
Book club: Silicon roller coaster
Wild Ride: Inside Uber's Quest for World Domination
The book provides a good overview of Uber's history, controversies and challenges. Kudos to the author for…
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at 11pm on 10/17/2017

The book provides a good overview of Uber's history, controversies and challenges.

Kudos to the author for trying it himself and becoming an Uber driver, showing that this occupation brings little money (certainly not enough to live on) for more hassle ("it's certain that someone will vomit in your car during a ride ...", etc).  Who would want to become an Uber driver then? It would need some desperation, adventurousness or may be having access to someone else's car and having enough free time.

Uber probably considers its drivers as a temporary necessary evil, before going full-on with driveless cars. So in a longer term even those little-paying precarious jobs currently provided by Uber to its drivers will be gone.

It may be good that Uber has challenged the taxi industry for better quality. And its business model has…
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at 11pm on 10/17/2017

It may be good that Uber has challenged the taxi industry for better quality. And its business model has been proven fragile on many fronts:

  • As shown in the book - Uber has been in constant struggles with regulators all over the world and often losing, it has to spend enormous amounts of money on lobbying and other ways of entering and staying in the markets
  • Competitive local coop-type of apps start being used in regions and countries, with far better transparency, when you can see driver's photo, full name, etc and can change your decision at any point.