Posts belonging to Category UBER economy



Co-working is just getting started

Investors think highly of buildings that include 15%-30% co-working space

In just the last year, co-working spaces have tripled their share of Manhattan’s office-leasing activity to around 10%, according to real estate brokerage firm Avison Young. Across the country, the number of square feet they occupy has jumped nearly 400% over the last eight years. As the market for flexible and customized offices continues to boom, it’s not just startups and small businesses that stand to benefit. More and more, larger companies that don’t want to be locked into decades-long leases are considering the upsides of flexible spaces.

In August, WeWork launched HQ by WeWork to serve the needs of medium-sized businesses. And other giants (think: Amazon, Verizon, and more) have already begun turning to co-working spaces to house entire divisions of their companies. In 2017, IBM struck a deal with WeWork to occupy its 88 University Place building in Manhattan.

http://www.angel.co

Stiglitz: US has a major monopoly problem

Economy dominated by large corporations has failed the many and enriched the few

The Nobel Prize winner argues that an economy dominated by large corporations has failed the many and enriched the few. There is much to be concerned about in America today: a growing political and economic divide, slowing growth, decreasing life expectancy, an epidemic of diseases of despair. The unhappiness that is apparent has taken an ugly turn, with an increase in protectionism and nativism. Trump’s diagnosis, which blames outsiders, is wrong, as are the prescriptions that follow. But we have to ask: Is there an underlying problem that can and must be addressed?

There is a widespread sense of powerlessness, both in our economic and political life. We seem no longer to control our own destinies. If we don’t like our Internet company or our cable TV, we either have no place to turn, or the alternative is no better. Monopoly corporations are the primary reason that drug prices in the United States are higher than anywhere else in the world. Whether we like it or not, a company like Equifax can gather data about us, and then blithely take insufficient cybersecurity measures, exposing half the country to the risk of identity fraud, and then charge us for but a partial restoration of the security that we had before a major breach.

Bernie Sanders wants to slap a special tax on Amazon

“Wages are so low, employees forced to depend on food stamps”

Senator Bernie Sanders wants to slap a special tax on Amazon and other big companies that employ workers who collect food stamps and other public assistance. But Amazon disputes Sanders’ depiction, saying its pay and benefits are competitive with other retailers. The progressive icon from Vermont has been on the attack lately, posting a series of Facebook videos over the past week calling out Amazon (AMZN) and Walmart (WMT) for not paying a living wage, which he lists in some posts as $15 an hour. In one video, titled “Get Amazon Off of Corporate Welfare,” he highlighted that CEO Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest person and earns $260 million a day, while many of his workers are on food stamps.

“Mr. Bezos continues to pay many thousands of his Amazon employees wages that are so low that they are forced to depend on taxpayer-funded programs, such as food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing in order to survive,” Sanders said in the video, stressing that taxpayers foot the bill for these benefits. “Frankly, I don’t believe that ordinary Americans should be subsidizing the wealthiest people in the world because they pay their employees inadequate wages.”
http://www.cnn.com

62% of America’s Jobs Pay Less Than $20 Per Hour

US has 130 million jobs overall

Almost two-thirds of America’s jobs aren’t paying a cent more than $20 an hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That means 62 percent of the nation’s jobs offer their employees less than $41,600 a year! The BLS report (h/t Horizon Credit Union) notes that the US has 130 million jobs overall.  Of those positions, 18 million pay less than $10 an hour and a startling 63 million pay between $10 and $20. Add it all up and you’ve got 81 million jobs (out of 130 million) paying their workers less than $20. This includes administrative assistants, personal care aides, and retail workers.

Employers that offer a more generous salary, more than $42,000 a year, make up about 38 percent of the nation’s jobs. According to CNN Money, 27 million jobs offer an hourly pay between $20 and $30. That includes plumbers, office supervisors, electricians, and insurance sales agents — all four positions have an hourly pay that hover around $24 an hour, an annual salary of about $50,000.

https://www.madamenoire.com/

Wage floor for Uber’s ride-hail drivers

The goal is to pay drivers $17.22 an hour, or $15 an hour after expenses like gas.

The New York City council passed first-of-its-kind legislation this afternoon setting a wage floor for ride-hail drivers and capping the number of ride-hail vehicles in the city. Below, our story from before the historic vote.

Uber drivers make about as much money as minimum wage workers.

In some cases they can even make less. That’s because Uber drivers are considered independent contractors, rather than employees, and aren’t protected under federal, state, and local minimum wage laws.

Uber drivers aren’t being recognized as employees (that legal battle is ongoing). But in New York City, the city council is poised to pass a package of bills that, for the first time ever, would set a wage floor for Uber drivers and their peers in the ride-hail industry.

https://qz.com/

Uber’s new profit source

Uber’s food-delivery company is outgrowing the taxi business in some cities

Uber’s fast-growing food-delivery business is now bigger and more important than Uber’s conventional taxi business in numerous cities across the world.

Uber told Business Insider that UberEats was bigger than Uber’s transportation app in 19 European cities, and Toussaint Wattinne, a general manager for UberEats in London, described UberEats as among the world’s fastest-growing food-delivery services.

http://www.businessinsider.com… Wed., 27  December 2017

Uber paid $100K ransom after 57M accounts were hacked

Company paid hackers $100,000 to delete info, keep quiet

Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing firm ousted its chief security officer and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps, which included a $100,000 payment to the attackers.

Compromised data from the October 2016 attack included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world, the company told Bloomberg on Tuesday. The personal information of about 7 million drivers was accessed as well, including some 600,000 U.S. driver’s license numbers. No Social Security numbers, credit card information, trip location details or other data were taken, Uber said.

http://www.bloomberg.com…  Wed., 22  November 2017

Uber is one step closer to a massive investment from SoftBank

Uncertain future for Travis Kalanick

A deal between Uber and SoftBank is nearly done. Today (Oct. 4) Uber announced in a statement it would move forward with a proposed investment from Japanese tech giant SoftBank which could close “in the coming weeks,” and also voted in favor of a number of corporate governance reforms. The decisions bode poorly for Uber founder Travis Kalanick, who has sought to retain his influence over the company after stepping down as CEO in June, and could pave the way for broader changes in Uber’s international operations.

SoftBank, which said in August it’s interested in investing in Uber, hasn’t made public the size of its proposed investment, but a person with knowledge of the deal said that SoftBank, along with other investors, will invest $1.25 billion directly in Uber at a $69 billion valuation, and will also purchase 14% to 17% of outstanding shares from existing investors. The person also added that Uber will go public by 2019, something which Uber’s new CEO hinted at in August.

http://www.qz.com…  Wed.,  04  October 2017

Social Rights for 'gig economy' workers

EU seeks more protection for Uber-style jobs

The European Commission wants more social protection and rights for casual workers, such as those in the “gig economy”, and others with non-standard contracts to try to tackle growing social inequality.

The Commission’s consultation document on these plans, seen by Reuters, is part of a broader reworking of the EU’s economic priorities, after pressure from populist forces that accuse Brussels of having pursued ultra-liberal policies to the detriment of wo

http://www.reuters.comMon.,  25  September 2017

Is UBER a Ponzi scheme?

Magellan’s Hamish Douglass says Uber is a ‘Ponzi scheme’

Uber’s practice of persistently raising capital from private investors is akin to a Ponzi scheme, according to veteran investor and Magellan Financial Group chief executive Hamish Douglass.

In a candid interview at the Stockbrokers and Financial Advisers Conference in Sydney on Wednesday, Mr Douglass lamented the dramatic losses awaiting Uber investors as automated driving technology permeates the market.

http://www.smh.com…  Wed.,  24  May 2017

Terrifying prediction for jobs in developing countries

Automation a threat to 77% jobs in China

Research has predicted that the proportion of jobs threatened byautomation in India is 69%, while it is 77% in China and 85% in Ethiopia, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has said, citing data from the multilateral agency.

http://www.indiatimes.com…  Tue.,  02 May 2017

Uber's turmoil

Uber’s No. 2 executive quits after 6 months

Uber president Jeff Jones is quitting after six months on the job because of concerns over the firm’s management culture. “The beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber,” Jones said in a statement.
Jones was second in command to CEO Travis Kalanick, running Uber’s ride-hailing operations, marketing and customer support. A former Target executive, he was named president at the end of August.

http://money.cnn.com…  Tue.,  21 March 2017

Donald Trump said to Congress that US job market sound worse than it is

Ninety-four million Americans out of the labor force?

During President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress on Tuesday night, the president looked at the current economic and political situation he took over when he came into office. In doing so, however, Trump repeated a figure that makes the job market sound much worse than it is. “Tonight, as I outline the next steps we must take as a country, we must honestly acknowledge the circumstances we inherited, ” said Trump.”Ninety-four million Americans are out of the labor force.”
That seems like a lot considering that the total US population is just over 320 million people. But consider what the Bureau of Labor Statistics is actually measuring when it counts those 94 million.

http://www.businessinsider.com…  Wed.,  01 March 2017

80% of the jobs people do today won't exist in the future

The global jobs market is on “the cusp of a radical transformation.”

Speaking at the second annual HSBC Innovation Summit in London on Friday, Gavin Patterson (CEO of BT)  said: “It’s a combination of ubiquitous networks, ubiquitous data, ubiquitous processing capabilities, sensors in everything, augmented reality, virtual reality — the future looks very, very different. “Frankly, it’s quite possible that 80% of the jobs that people do today won’t exist in the future. It’s not quite clear where we go from here.”

http://www.hsbc.com … Sat,  29 October 2016

Self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh

Uber Launches Self-Driving Taxis In Pittsburgh

Taxi service Uber will start transporting passengers with self-driving cars in the next few weeks, the company has said. Initially, the Ford Fusion vehicles will be supervised by a driver, who can take control if necessary, and an observer. The pilot project is set to start in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the next few weeks, where Uber has a self-driving research lab and is working on autonomous technology.

http://www.sky.com  Fri.,  19 August 2016

China: Uber to merge with rival Didi in $35 billion deal

Uber to Sell China Business to Rival Didi After Losing Billions

Uber Technologies Inc. will sell its China business to Didi Chuxing, the dominant ride-hailing service in the country, according to people familiar with the matter, ending a costly battle between the two companies for customers and drivers. The valuation of the combined business will be $35 billion, said the people, who asked not to be named because the details aren’t public. Investors in Uber China, an entity owned by San Francisco-based Uber, Baidu Inc. and others, will receive a 20 percent stake in Didi, the people said. Uber, which is retreating after years of losses in China, will continue to operate its own app in the country for now

http://www.bloomberg.com  Mon,  01 July, 2016