*This hits home with many rideshare drivers, no doubt. Joshua Thiede was said to be a rideshare driver for Uber and/or Lyft when he disappeared last Sunday, February 11, in the 1000 block of Wilshire Boulevard in the downtown area of Los Angeles, according to police.
According to the CBS Local video below, Thiede’s mother, Janet, said her son’s cell phone placed a call to 911 on Monday — a day after his disappearance — but the caller hung up before the call was answered by dispatch.
Now Joshua’s friends have stepped up to help police locate him. They’ve plastered posters all around the neighborhood, and are even speaking to people to see if anyone has seen the 6′ tall, 170-lb, blonde hair, blue-eyed man.
Ride-share. Who’d a thunk it five years ago? Well, outside of the brilliant minded folks who were working on it behind the scenes, that is.
Who would have imagined one day we, the general public, would not only be able to push a button on our phone screen; jump into the car of a complete stranger and end up at our destination’ but we’d be able to — barring any criminal history — be the drivers behind many of those cars?
The industry has totally changed the way we travel AND the economy — the way we make money.
But that’s an article for another day!
As for travel, its hard to ignore the fact that many folks are switching from taxi to Uber — the largest ride-hailing company in the world, or Lyft, a close second; where they not only notice a decrease in travel costs, but a difference in how a rider is treated (not to mention cleaner cars that don’t smell like stale cigarettes!).
*Ouch. Just when the business world had begun to realize scandalous claims of sexual harassment and other seemingly permissible inequities towards women in the Uber workplace had forced its co-Founder and CEO, Travis Kalanick, to take a leave of absence from the company; now comes the breaking news that Kalanick will not be returning at all.
The CEO of Uber has resigned.
Following Kalanick’s decision to go on leave with no return date in mind; a leave that had him telling Uber employees he needed to “work on Travis 2.0 to be the leader they deserved,” investors continued to have meetings around the subject. Apparently, the result of these get-together’s left them questioning whether Kalanick — who no one had even heard of prior to Uber (had they?) — even had the ability to be such a leader. Unfortunately for him, they have no time to wait, so he was asked to leave. Continue reading →
*I can kind of see that. A marriage hitting the rocks because of Uber. But not for the reasons this man is claiming, and further, actually suing the company over. What I wouldn’t give to be a fly on THAT courtroom wall. His lawsuit claims that since the app “lingers” … as in — doesn’t shut off after he is done driving — his wife peeped his pick up and drop off points and accused him of cheating.
I don’t know dude. Sounds like your marriage may have been on shaky ground to begin with. But who am I?
I do, however, want to explain?my?why. I speak from experience.?Driving Uber can be very addictive. You almost feel guilty when you’re?not driving.?And when you DO go to visit people; say, on a “day off” (if you can muster up a justification to take one) you are secretly thinking, “I’m wasting time! I could be out making money!”
I know. It’s terrible. I’m not even gonna front.
But back to Mr. “Soon-to-be-single.” According to local UK media, he’s suing Uber for $45 million dollars. Continue reading →
*Yesterday I received a message from Uber founder and CEO, Travis Kalanick. As a member of his Uber driving team, it’s not rare to receive messages from “Travis” but this one was especially sensitive because it is in response to something…or should I say someone… that has our entire country up in arms right now.
Donald Trump and his “Temporary Immigration Travel Ban.”
As is the case with any entrepreneur, any businessman, such a dramatic stance as Trump’s decision to halt all movement of immigrants coming to this country; and threatening to stop those who reside here but travel back home from returning not only has devastating humanistic effects, but profound effects on business as well.
Many Uber staff members are immigrants — drivers and technicians.
But the email is in direct support of drivers.?So Uber has decided to take a stand and assist those affected by the ban.
No matter what some will call a hidden agenda, (hey, he’s a businessman but does that make him any less human?) I already applaud the gesture.