So-called ‘ridesharing’ · Bezzle

So-called ‘ridesharing’


Fig. 1. “Clarkdale Classic Gas Station, Clarkdale, Arizona,” Photograph by Alan Levine, October 28, 2016, via Wikimedia Commons, CC0.

Fig. 2. Uber driver Boubacar Sow drives in New York. Photograph by Kevin Hagan via the Wall Street Journal, May 4, 2019,[1] fair use.

See also:

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Yves Smith, “Uber Is Headed for a Crash,” New York, December 4, 2018,

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Eliot Brown, “Uber Wants to Be the Uber of Everything—But Can It Make a Profit?” Wall Street Journal, May 4, 2019,

Christopher Mims, “In a Tight Labor Market, Gig Workers Get Harder to Please,” Wall Street Journal, May 4, 2019,

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Michael Wursthorn, “Lyft Shares Rally on Hopes Price Increases Will Drive Profit,” Wall Street Journal, August 26, 2019,

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Heather Somerville, “Uber Shedding About 350 Jobs to Shore Up Business,” Wall Street Journal, October 14, 2019,

Tom McKay, “Surprising No One, Uber Continues to Hemorrhage Cash,” Gizmodo, November 4, 2019,

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Laura Forman, “Uber, Lyft Face a No-Sharing Economy,” Wall Street Journal, October 26, 2020,

Kirsten Korosec, “Uber in talks to sell ATG self-driving unit to Aurora,” TechCrunch, November 13, 2020,

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Aarian Marshall, “Gig Companies Fear a Worker Shortage, Despite a Recession,” Wired, March 5, 2021,

Igor Bonifacic, “Lyft is selling its self-driving unit to Toyota for $550 million,” Engadget, April 26, 2021,

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Laura Forman, “Lyft Makes Its Move in Race for Profits,” Wall Street Journal, August 3, 2021,

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Meghan Bobrowsky, “Uber Ridership Rebounds From Pandemic Lows,” Wall Street Journal, August 4, 2021,

Preetika Rana, “Uber, Lyft Prices at Records Even as Drivers Return,” Wall Street Journal, August 7, 2021,

Cory Doctorow, “End of the line for Uber,” Pluralistic, August 10, 2021,

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Tom McKay, “Uber Says It’s on Track to Maybe Make a Fake Profit,” Gizmodo, September 21, 2021,

Greg Bensinger, “For Uber and Lyft, the Rideshare Bubble Bursts,” New York Times, October 17, 2021,

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Lee Fang, “Uber CEO Admits Company Can Afford Labor Protections for Drivers,” Intercept, January 7, 2022,

Laura Forman, “Rideshare Recovery Still Lacks an ETA,” Wall Street Journal, February 9, 2022,

Cory Doctorow, “The Big Lie that keeps the Uber bezzle alive,” Pluralistic, February 11, 2022,

Hubert Horan, “Can Uber Ever Deliver? Part Twenty-Nine: Despite Massive Price Increases Uber Losses Top $31 Billion,” Naked Capitalism, February 11, 2022,

Dan Primack, “Many unicorn startups could become zombies,” Axios, March 17, 2022,

Francesca Maglione, “Trump Lawyer Sticks Uber With $91 Million Arbitration Bill for ‘Reverse Bias’ Claims,” Bloomberg, April 19, 2022,

Tina Bellon, “Lyft shares tank 26% on higher cost of getting drivers back on street,” Reuters, May 3, 2022,

Jackie Davalos, “Uber Sidesteps Lyft’s Debacle With Optimism Over Riders, Profit,” Bloomberg, May 4, 2022,

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Janet H. Cho, “Powell Warns Soft Landing Could Be ‘Quite Challenging,’” Barron’s, May 12, 2022,

Megumi Fujikawa and Eliot Brown, “SoftBank Lost $13.2 Billion on Tech Investments Amid Selloff,” Wall Street Journal, May 12, 2022,

Jacky Wong, “SoftBank’s Tech Boom Goes Bust—Again,” Wall Street Journal, May 12, 2022,

Max Chafkin, “Tech Companies Coddled Their Employees. Now They’re Firing Them,” Bloomberg, May 13, 2022,

David Rosenberg, “The Bear Market Is Already In Its Third Inning. Stay Calm and Defensive,” Barron’s, May 13, 2022,

Heather Somerville, “For Tech Startups, the Party Is Over,” Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2022,

Preetika Rana and Emily Glazer, “Lyft to Pause Some Hiring and Trim Budgets, Citing Economic Slowdown,” Wall Street Journal, May 24, 2022,

Laura Forman, “Tech’s Reckoning With Reality Is Still Half-Baked,” Wall Street Journal, May 25, 2022,

Brad Stone and Lizette Chapman, “The Tech Rout Isn’t Just Cyclical—It’s Well-Earned, and Overdue,” Bloomberg, May 26, 2022,

Aaron Gordon, “Uber and Lyft Are Out of Ideas, Jacking Up Prices in Desperation for Profit,” Vice, May 27, 2022,

Preetika Rana, “Uber and Lyft’s New Road: Fewer Drivers, Thrifty Riders and Jittery Investors,” Wall Street Journal, May 27, 2022,

Jessica Bursztynsky, “Start-up investors are warning of dark days ahead as boom times are ‘unambiguously over,’” CNBC, May 28, 2022,

John Colley, “Gig economy: ride-hailing and takeaway firms may not survive the cost of living crisis,” Conversation, June 7, 2022,

Jon Fingas, “You can pay for your Lyft ride with cash now,” Engadget, June 22, 2022,

Laura Forman, “Uber’s Results Gas Up Rivals,” Wall Street Journal, August 2, 2022,

Kevin Truong and Annie Gaus, “San Francisco, Birthplace of Ride-Hailing, Becomes the Center of Its Decline,” San Francisco Standard, August 30, 2022,

Laura Forman, “Why Lyft Is Eating Uber’s Dust,” Wall Street Journal, October 1, 2022,

Aaron Gordon, “Uber Will Start Serving You Targeted Ads Based On Where You Go,” Vice, October 19, 2022,

Sergio Goncalves, “Uber whistleblower says current business model ‘absolutely’ unsustainable,” Reuters, November 2, 2022,

Preetika Rana and Emily Glazer, “Lyft Plans to Lay Off About 700 Employees in Second Round of Job Cuts,” Wall Street Journal, November 3, 2022,

Preetika Rana, “Lyft Shares Slide After Disappointing Revenue and Ridership Numbers,” Wall Street Journal, November 7, 2022,

Ashley Capoot, “Uber beats estimates and the stock is up,” CNBC, February 8, 2023,

Levi Sumagaysay, “Lyft stock sinks 30% after sales outlook falls short of $1 billion,” MarketWatch, February 9, 2023,

Caitlin McCabe, “Lyft Stock Has Worst Day Ever After Unexpected Loss; Uber Shares Fall,” Wall Street Journal, February 10, 2023,

Laura Forman, “Uber Might Need to Stow Its Freight Train,” Wall Street Journal, March 7, 2023,

Preetika Rana, Lauren Thomas, and Emily Glazer, “Lyft to Cut at Least 1,200 Jobs in New Round of Layoffs to Reduce Costs,” Wall Street Journal, April 21, 2023,

Dan Gallagher, “Uber Is Firing on the Most Important Cylinders,” Wall Street Journal, May 2, 2023,

Kevin Truong and Annie Gaus, “Lyft Is Facing an Existential Crisis,” San Francisco Standard, May 3, 2023,

Levi Sumagaysay, “Lyft stock sinks as forecast falls short of estimates, while new CEO takes aim at Uber,” MarketWatch, May 4, 2023,

Dan Gallagher, “Uber Got a Bit Too Revved Up,” Wall Street Journal, August 1, 2023,

Richard Waters, “Uber makes first operating profit after racking up $31.5bn of losses,” Financial Times, August 1, 2023,

Cory Doctorow, “No, Uber’s (still) not profitable,” Medium, August 9, 2023,

Hubert Horan, “Can Uber Ever Deliver? Part Thirty-Three: Uber Isn’t Really Profitable Yet But is Getting Closer; The Antitrust Case Against Uber,” Naked Capitalism, August 9, 2023,

Kellen Browning, “Uber Reports Record Ridership and Second Straight Quarterly Profit,” New York Times, November 7, 2023,

Bill Peters, “Lyft results beat estimates, execs say big October gains have continued, but shares drop,” MarketWatch, November 8, 2023,

Preetika Rana, “Uber Posts First Annual Profit Since Its IPO,” Wall Street Journal, February 7, 2024,

Dan Gallagher, “Uber Put a Lot More Gas in Its Tank,” Wall Street Journal, February 14, 2024,

David Swan, “Uber’s ugly truths laid bare with $300 million capitulation,” Age, March 23, 2024,

  1. [1]Eliot Brown, “Uber Wants to Be the Uber of Everything—But Can It Make a Profit?” Wall Street Journal, May 4, 2019,

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