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Uber’s chief product officer is stepping down

Uber Chief Product Officer Manik Gupta announced today he is leaving the company. Gupta’s last day will be December 13, he wrote in a note to Uber’s product team today. “After a few

VC Cyan Banister on who decides what at Founders Fund (and much more)

Cyan Banister is an American success story. A homeless teenager who originally supported herself by making hemp necklaces, then silk-screen T-shirts, she went on to become a self-taught engineer and t

PR pitch to Ola reveals the inner workings of UK ride-hailing politics

A UK PR firm pitching to run an account for Ola has proposed running a campaign to politicize ride-hailing as a tactic to shift regulations in its favor. The approach suggests that, despite the appear

Uber CEO stokes #boycottuber fire with ‘mistakes happen’ comment

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s comments during an interview with Axios — and his subsequent apology — have done more than hand the company’s critics more ammunition in the renewed #boyco

Optimizing customer retention will be a priority in 2020

Seven emerging trends will shape the way companies delight and retain customers in 2020.

African logistics startup Lori Systems raises Series A led by Chinese investors

African on-demand trucking logistics company Lori Systems has raised a Series A round led by Chinese investors Hillhouse Capital and Crystal Stream Capital. Other participating investors included Nige

Every startup is a bank — or wants to be

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

Ghost wants to retrofit your car so it can drive itself on highways in 2020

A new autonomous vehicle company is on the streets — and unbeknownst to most, has been since 2017. Unlike the majority in this burgeoning industry, this new entrant isn’t trying to launch a ro

The first hires are the hardest

Money is usually too tight to pay competitive salaries, there’s no recognizable brand or reputation yet and most people would prefer to work at a company their friends and family have heard of befor

Uber is entering the ads business

Uber will become an ad platform, selling space inside its Eats app to restaurants hoping to lure in more food delivery orders. A recent Uber job listing spotted by TechCrunch seeks an Uber Eats Ads Le

China’s Didi to relaunch Hitch carpooling service this month

Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing said today it will conduct a trial relaunch of its Hitch carpooling service in seven major Chinese cities with additional safety features by end of the month, mo

Senegal’s NIMA Codes to launch address app in 15 African countries

Senegalese startup NIMA Codes — a digital mapping service for locations without formal addresses — has upgraded its app and plans to go live in 15 African countries in 2020. The pre-seed stage sta

Uber’s losses top $1 billion, trumping better than expected revenues

Better than expected revenues couldn’t divert investor attention from the fact that Uber still managed to lose more than $1 billion in the most recent quarter as the company’s stock fell i

WeWork-owned Meetup confirms restructuring, layoffs

Meetup announced "organizational changes" in a staff meeting this morning.

Ben Horowitz on shocking rules and dramatic object lessons

Ben Horowitz, co-founder of venture firm Andreessen Horowitz, has a new book out titled “What You Do Is Who You Are,” which takes a look at how to create culture at a company. We sat down with Hor

Startups Weekly: Understanding Uber’s latest fintech play

In this week's newsletter: Fintech's banner year, subscription rental furniture and Particle's Series C.

Hailing a driverless ride in a Waymo

Ed Niedermeyer Contributor Share on Twitter Ed Niedermeyer is an author, columnist and co-host of The Autonocast. His book, Ludicrous: The Unvarnished Story of Tesla Motors, was released in August 201

Uber Freight expands app to Canada

Uber Freight, the Uber business unit that helps truck drivers connect with shipping companies, said Wednesday it’s launching the app in Canada as part of its global expansion plan. The move into

This is the gig worker ballot initiative Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and Instacart are backing

A group of Lyft, Uber and DoorDash drivers are announcing this morning in Sacramento a statewide ballot measure for the November 2020 ballot. Called the Protect App-Based Drivers & Services Act &#

Uber Money is Uber’s new team focused on financial products and services

Uber is further exploring the financial services business with the creation of a new team, Uber Money. Uber Money is now responsible for all things pertaining to financial products designed to support
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