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How Uber crashed in China

Uber is exiting the race for dominance in China's ride-hailing market and selling its stake to rival Didi Chuxing.
Uber may open cities from taxi oligopolies, but ultimately it closes them off to the possibility of more meaningful alternatives. Scott L/flickr

How Uber opens cities only to close them

Uber actively encloses what could be a more open city in which riders and drivers work to benefit city residents.
Rather than create regulatory frameworks that allow innovations to thrive, governments have created hurdles to transformative applications like Uber or Airbnb. Torrenegra/flickr

While governments talk about smart cities, it’s citizens who create them

Governments too often hinder change, when instead they should aim to foster an organic innovation ecosystem. This is more about bottom-up innovation than top-down schemas.
The ACT government is the first jurisdiction in Australia to fully approve operations of the ride-sharing service Uber. Lukas Coch/AAP

Sacked Uber driver case shows driver vulnerability under law

A case of an uber driver from Perth suing the company because his contract was terminated may show how protected drivers are under law.
The rise of subcontracting and franchises has allowed employers to enjoy the profits without the responsibility. shutterstock

Why the death of employment is a dead idea

While there has been a rise in contracting out and 'disruptors' such as Uber, employment is an will remain the dominant method of business operation in a capitalist setting.
Taxi drivers in Jakarta staged a strike over operations of app-based transportation service Uber. Reuters/Garry Lotulung

Indonesia sets new rules for ride-sharing companies

The Indonesian government recently announced it would start to regulate app-based ride-sharing services such as Uber, Grab Taxi and Gojek.
The idea of a sharing platform that renders the financial warehouse obsolete is fanciful. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Uberbanking, with limits

Financial services are being digitally disrupted, but the idea of a financial "sharing" economy replacing traditional banking ignores reality.
A third generation of Online Marketplaces that combine workflow and networks are changing the underlying economics of many industries. tiffany98101/flickr

Why startup investors love online marketplaces

As online marketplaces mature, a raft of new service-based companies are popping up around them.
Uber drivers gather outside Uber San Diego to protest against a 30% driver fee cut. Wayne S. Grazio/Flickr

Three things unions can learn from Uber drivers

Unions are in a self-described crisis. The well-known tale of union decline in Australia continues with the latest figures revealing less than 15% of workers are members of unions, with that dropping to…
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Why Uber’s surge pricing is naive economics

Economists love Uber’s surge pricing. But it is doomed, because customers hate it. Why? Surge pricing occurs when the supply and demand for Uber vehicles becomes unbalanced, for example, due to inclement…

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