The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death – The New Yorker

Fiverr, an online freelance marketplace that promotes itself as being for “the lean entrepreneur,” recently attracted ire for an ad campaign called “In Doers We Trust.”CreditCOURTESY FIVERR Barrier Status: ‘none’ Last September, a very twenty-first-century type of story appeared on the company blog of the ride-sharing app Lyft. “Long-time Lyft driver and mentor, Mary, was […]

Uber president Jeff Jones steps down – BBC News

Image copyright ReutersImage caption The departure of its president has reportedly come as a shock to Uber’s executives Uber president Jeff Jones is leaving the company after less than six months. A source at the taxi booking app told the BBC the resignation was “completely unexpected”. They said Mr Jones was frustrated the company was […]

Brain drain – The Verge

Genius, which raised $56.9 million on the promise that it would one day annotate the entire internet, has been losing its minds. In January, the company quietly laid off a quarter of its staff, with the bulk of the cuts coming from the engineering department. In a post on the Genius blog at the time, […]

The Dismal Thrillist Anti-Union Campaign 

Illustration by Jim Cooke Successful union campaigns have flourished across the digital media industry over the past year and a half. Few have run into more anti-union pushback than the one currently happening at Thrillist. And employees are pissed. On February 15, editorial staffers at the lifestyle site Thrillist announced that they were joining the […]

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Went to a ‘Babes and Balls’ Party |

react-text: 242 It looks like Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is trying to blow off some steam after a turbulent few weeks at his tech company. /react-text react-text: 244 Kalanick had a night out with fellow tech founders last Friday, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, to celebrate Dropbox CEO Drew Houston’s birthday. /react-text react-text: 246 Photos […]

Uber Needs More Than ‘Leadership Help’ for a Churlish Boss – Bloomberg View

“This is the first time I’ve been willing to admit that I need leadership help and I intend to get it,” wrote Travis Kalanick, the chief executive of Uber, in an email to his staff the other day. In that same email, which he sent out after Bloomberg published a video showing him berating an […]

How Uber Deceives the Authorities Worldwide – The New York Times

Uber’s Tactics to Avoid Law Enforcement Mike Isaac speaks on CNBC about Uber’s tool, “Greyball.” SAN FRANCISCO — Uber has for years engaged in a worldwide program to deceive the authorities in markets where its low-cost ride-hailing service was resisted by law enforcement or, in some instances, had been banned. The program, involving a tool […]