NYC Disrupts Disruptors
Yesterday there was this meme where you could look up your own Uber rating, see what the DRIVERS thought of YOU.
When I first heard about this, I was deeply offended. I was like, “wait WTF, so I am paying all this money to be judged?!”
I am still pretty pissed about it, I think I am going to switch to Lyft. That way, I don’t have to be analyzed, I can just fist pound with my bruh-bruh. I am not a piece of meat, I am a human being! I think it is pretty shameful that Uber even lets the passengers judge the drivers, but whatever, at least I am paying to objectify this dude.
Baby I Can Drive Your Car
Lyft, the e-hailing service prompting ride sharing, was set to launch this evening despite major pressure from the Taxi and Limousine Commission and Department of Financial Services. However, their future in the city is now even more uncertain. Lyft is the least expensive of the e-hailing taxi services, even undercutting UberX’s recently lowered prices. The service is known for the giant pink mustaches they put on their drivers cars and launched in San Francisco two years ago. Read More
Starting this Friday evening, Lyft users will be able to request rides in Brooklyn and Queens, with further expansion to other New York boroughs in the potential mix.
“Now, residents and visitors looking to travel in between boroughs, get a ride to the closest subway station, or head out for a night on the town can easily request a safe and friendly ride,” Lyft said in a release.
Rich People Things
Still reaching for that six-figure salary? Being employed as an UberX driver will get you close.
UberX drivers in NYC are racking up $90,766 per year — nearly three times as much as yellow cab drivers, who make around $30,000 annually, The Washington Post reports.
If you’re reading this from a car stuck out on the Long Island Expressway, packed in by Memorial Day traffic, remember: it didn’t have to be this way.
A new app called Blade has launched in time for the holiday weekend, allowing you to book helicopter rides out to the Hamptons this summer. It’s like Uber for the modern Gatsby.
Sharing is Caring
Lyft has partnered with Slickdeals, the crowd-sourced site for deals and coupons, to offer a free ride to new customers.
Download the app, use the promo code SLICKDEALS, and you’re set for a free ride valued up to $50, as long as it’s your first time using the service.
This offer, which lasts until the New Year’s Eve ball drops, is valid in more than 30 cities across the U.S., but sadly not in NYC.
Rideshare app Lyft announced last week that they’ve raised a whopping $250 million in Series D funding, putting them at a total of $332 million in venture capital investment.
Though this puts them slightly ahead of Uber, which has $307 million, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Lyft is ahead in the market. We can’t know for certain Read More
Dynamic pricing is one of the reasons we tend to shy away from rideshare apps, because it’s only ever made the cost of our cab rides go up — that is, until now.
Yesterday, your friendly neighborhood rideshare app Lyft introduced its new “Happy Hour” feature, wherein fares will be cheaper when demand for cars is lower.
Aereo CEO Chet Kanojila said he’s confident that the Supreme Court will rule in his favor. “I can’t imagine they won’t be on the side of innovation,” he said. [New York Times]
Uber launched an ad campaign mocking Lyft on Facebook in hopes of luring customers away from its lower-priced competitor. [AdAge]
Michael Sippey, Twitter’s VP of Product, is moving into an advisory role at the company then eventually leaving. [TechCrunch]
You can soon buy brands’ overpriced t-shirts through a new Spotify app. [Telegraph]
This happened: “Apple’s Phil Schiller unfollowed Nest CEO Tony Fadell on Twitter” [Verge]
Bling out your Citibike Today in things you didn’t know you needed, Tomorrow Lab has partnered with Shapeways to create a gold, 3D-printed Citibike key. In case you’re not an avid Citibike user, “keys” are what Citibike’s annual members use to release the bikes from their holding contraptions. The new 3D-printed key, which is still in prototype phase, is printed in “gold steel,” and is meant to be worn on a string around the neck like the geekiest, chunkiest jewelry of all time. This might be proof that just because you can 3D-print it, doesn’t mean you should.