car sharing

  • Don’t cry for me, Ubertina

    Don’t cry for me, Ubertina

    Uber has been in trouble for a while. The company was built on a bro-tastic, anything goes attitude that goes way back to God View and the targeted harassment of journalists. In short, it was built on an original sin that was never washed clean. There are two takeaways circulated in the Valley this week regarding Travis Kalanick’s departure. The first is similar to this one: Travis… Read More

  • Alibaba is in talks to invest in Uber’s Southeast Asia rival Grab

    Alibaba is in talks to invest in Uber’s Southeast Asia rival Grab

    Alibaba could substantially increase its business interests in Southeast Asia with an investment in Uber rival Grab. Bloomberg reports that Alibaba President Jack Ma is considering joining an upcoming $1.4 billion funding round for Grab which will be led by SoftBank, a company with many links to Alibaba. Separately, TechCrunch has confirmed with a source that Alibaba has held meetings with… Read More

  • WTF
    Uber board member gets sexist at a sexism apology all-hands

    Uber board member gets sexist at a sexism apology all-hands

    At least one Uber board member didn’t seem to get the memo about sex discrimination and the changes Uber is trying to make from within. In an audio taping of the company all-hands meeting today about sex discrimination, board member David Bonderman said adding more women to the board meant more talking. Yes, he really said that! Board member Arianna Huffington can be heard at 6:40… Read More

  • Emil Michael, Uber’s SVP of business, has left the company

    Emil Michael, Uber’s SVP of business, has left the company

    Uber has confirmed that Emil Michael, one the company’s top executives, has left the company. Earlier today Michael sent an internal email to staff that he would be leaving the ride-hailing company, according to a report from Recode. Michael, who served as the company’s senior vice president of business, has long been a controversial figure outside of the company (he was the… Read More

  • Grab is assisting police following the alleged rape of a passenger in Malaysia

    Grab is assisting police following the alleged rape of a passenger in Malaysia

    Uber’s business is going through a period of turmoil in the U.S. right now, but Grab — its main rival in Southeast Asia — is under pressure itself after a driver in Malaysia was arrested on suspicion of raping a passenger he drove home via the ride-hailing service. Media in Malaysia, the country where Grab originated, report that police have reprimanded a 30-year-old man for… Read More

  • Uber’s New York manager, Josh Mohrer, joins Tusk Ventures as managing director

    Uber’s New York manager, Josh Mohrer, joins Tusk Ventures as managing director

    Tusk Ventures has hailed the former general manager of Uber’s New York operations, Josh Mohrer, as its new managing director. Mohrer’s departure comes at a tough time for Uber. The company is still recovering from a series of very public missteps involving payments to drivers, sexual harassment, potential intellectual property theft, bad executive behavior, and the deployment… Read More

  • Spain’s taxi drivers stage another anti-Uber strike

    Spain’s taxi drivers stage another anti-Uber strike

    Taxi drivers in Spain are striking today in cities including Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia to protest at what they see as the exploitative practices of ride-hailing transportation apps Uber and Cabify. Read More

  • Stealthy Boxbot wins the Pear prize for UC Berkeley with a tech for autonomous last-mile delivery

    Stealthy Boxbot wins the Pear prize for UC Berkeley with a tech for autonomous last-mile delivery

    It was a long road that took the two founders of Boxbot from drinks at Drake’s Dealership to winning the prestigious Pear Berkeley Challenge, but both Austin Oehlerking and Mark Godwin are very at home on the road. The still-in-stealth technology they developed was so impressive that it won the Pear competition, along with some seed investments. Read More

  • Profiting socially on nickels and dimes Crunch Network

    Profiting socially on nickels and dimes

    As the #DeleteUber count increases, Lyft has cleverly seized the opportunity to distinguish itself as a beacon of goodwill. In its most recent attempts to gain public favor, Lyft will soon be taking a stand by pledging fixed commitments to charities when you take a seat as a Lyft passenger. Read More

  • GM expands Maven car sharing to NYC

    GM expands Maven car sharing to NYC

    GM’s car sharing service Maven is expanding to the largest city in the U.S., the company announced Monday. The expansion is one of many for the company, which originally began operating only in January 2016, and is now available in 17 different markets across North America. Maven now includes three service offerings, including City, which is on-demand short-term rental; Home, which… Read More

  • Waymo’s claims of trade secret theft could result in criminal case

    Waymo’s claims of trade secret theft could result in criminal case

    When Waymo sued Uber earlier this year, claiming that its former employee stole 14,000 documents containing trade secrets about its self-driving car project and took the documents to Uber, it was a stain on Uber’s reputation. Now, it looks like the damage could be more extensive — the judge in the civil case has referred the theft claims to the U.S. Attorney for a possible… Read More

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