Techdirt Podcast Episode 27: The Rise Of The On-Demand Economy

from the beyond-uber dept

There are a lot of startups out there trying to become the "Uber of..." something, from valet parking to food delivery to dog-walking. But as much as this might look like mere bandwagon-hopping, it actually represents a fascinating and potentially important trend: the emergence of a new, highly efficient and flexible economy based around individuals offering on-demand services.

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Filed Under: economics, on-demand, podcast, valet parking
Companies: luxe, uber, wag


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 2 Jun 2015 @ 7:18pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "On demand"

    I'm not exactly making up the figure of $10, it's from your podcast.

    In real human terms, i.e, feeding and clothing yourself; the question should not be "Is it more than 0?" but rather "Will it put cheese in my fridge?"
    People don't take low paying jobs with no workers rights just for shits and giggles, they do it because they have a need to put food in their belly and a roof over their heads.
    For you it's a novelty to use your phone to get your car parked, for the poor guy (actually wouldn't there need to be two, or does he walk to your car?) who has to settle for whatever fraction of the $15 it costs it's a shitty wage.

    People died to get workers the projections they have and it fucks me off to see outfits like Uber try to erode these rights to make a buck. It fucks me off listening to people like you champion this shit because it's "on a computer".
    It's OK for you to sit in one state and watch what happens in another, I don't have that luxury - where I live Uber is working on our central government to get laws changed.

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