lyft me up
There are many unkind ways to end a working relationship, but leave it to Uber to show a true flourish of cruelty.
Uber cleaned out half of its Chicago-based support staff on Friday. In emails obtained by the Daily Dot, the employees were terminated by a representative of ZeroChaos, the third-party HR firm that managed the contractors. The emails were written in, of all things, Comic Sans—the world’s most reviled and visually offensive font.
This Means War
Because giving your employees MTA passes is just so low-tech, rideshare app Lyft has launched Lyft for Work, a new service that “allows companies to pay for work-related transportation — giving employees access to friendly affordable rides at the tap of a button,” according to the company’s site.
This Means War
When Gett Taxi, the dark horse competition in New York for Uber and Lyft, started offering a flat rate of $10 for rides anywhere in Manhattan, it put them on the map in NYC overnight. But when everyone rushed in to start booking cheap rides, they found it nearly impossible to actually book Read More
This Means War
When two companies like Uber and Lyft battle it out in loud debates about allegations of sabotage, it can be easy to be distracted from the other contenders. That is, until one of them fires a warning shot in the air to remind everyone that they’re not happy playing third wheel.
Black car app Gett told Betabeat that as of this morning, all rides within Manhattan will cost $10 for the rest of 2014, no matter how far they are or how long they take.
DRUNK IN TECH
The battle for taxi app supremacy has gotten ugly between Uber and Lyft, with both companies firing snarky comments back and forth and accusing each other of sabotage. Along the way, they’ve decided that going after each other isn’t enough, and that they might as well throw a few punches at the smaller companies caught in the crossfire.
Apparently, Uber ran the same playbook on Gett this past January. In an appearance on Bloomberg’s “Street Smart,” Gett’s Head of Marketing Brooke Moreland accused Uber of ordering Gett rides and canceling them last minute to disrupt service.
There are so many apps to spice up the Modern Gatsby’s Fourth of July plans. A privately chartered helicopter to the Hamptons? Check. A car service for all of the plebeians who are taking the LIE? Check. An ice sculpture that gets everyone plastered once they arrive? Oh yes, there’s an app for that, too.
WunWun, a Postmates-like delivery app for “your every need,” will be delivering ice luges to the Hamptons for the holiday weekend, so you can celebrate our great nation’s independence with alcohol poisoning.
In honor of Independence Day, ride share app Gett is hosting a patriotic fashion face-off.
Joining the competition is simple; all you have to do is don your best Americana get-up, and post the photos to social media with special hashtags.
Baby I Can Drive Your Car
Summer is here, which means that rich people and Kardashian stalkers alike will be flocking east to the Hamptons. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of the best tech to help you plan and enjoy your classy weekend getaway (or summer-long stay, if working is beneath you).
What do you do when you’re a black car service in NYC, and you want to get popular enough to seriously compete with Uber? You tell your riders they can literally have anything they want inside their hired cars.
That was the strategy, at least, for Gett, the upscale rideshare app that debuted in NYC last August. To get their name out there, the company yesterday launched the day-long #GettAnything campaign, which allowed riders to request any and all forms of en-route entertainment — as long as it’s not illegal — and have Gett attempt to fulfill their wildest wishes.