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Uber is Up to No Good June 12, 2016

Posted by Peter Varhol in Uncategorized.

Well, we probably all know that, even though many of us may use the alternative taxi service (and don’t call it ride sharing, because it’s not). I actually believe in the disruption that Uber is causing traditional taxi services, although not how they are doing it.  The fact that we use it, and that it works for many of us, doesn’t make it right.

(I don’t live in a city that offers Uber. There is a city about 20 miles away that does, and Boston is only 40 miles away, so I have exposure.  And I travel to large cities occasionally that offer Uber.  So I am not dense.)

It is very clear that it never intends to hire anyone as employees, even as they help them purchase cars (this is one reason why you cannot call this ride sharing; it is nothing more than a taxi service). Those who support Uber do so because it serves their needs, not because they have thought through the business model.

And the business model is that drivers are a necessary evil. Uber, with its incredible VC wealth, has invested heavily in driverless cars.  I don’t know how long it will take, but drivers will at some point fall by the wayside.  There is only one way to make the business model work long term, and that is with no drivers.

Or did you really want the convenience, without having to think at all about the driver? I am not a driver, will never be a driver (I hate driving), but I think we like scheduling a taxi on a phone app.  And that’s really all there is to it.

Oh, and by the way, now you can schedule an Uber taxi. Does this really sound like ride sharing?

You know, I really like what Uber is doing to the taxi model of business. It was ripe for disruption.  I just think it is grossly dishonest in how it is doing so.



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