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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    Wendy Cockcroft, 5 Jun 2015 @ 6:11am

    As I've pointed out before, minicab drivers here in Britain have also signed up with UBER, which provides more opportunities for them to get customers.

    As for you haters, while there's no such thing as the free market, the market does exist and market forces are at work. It will continue to do what it does no matter how much protectionism is applied, a lesson I have learned over and over again here on TD.

    It's not UBER or Lyft's fault that the neocons own the economic narrative so don't blame them for the state we're in.

    Stop shooting the messenger; the growing on-demand economy is indeed a thing and we're all going to have to learn how to either adapt to it or make it work for us.

    The dismantling of the welfare state and of workers rights is orthogonal to this discussion so take it elsewhere.

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