In July, the Americans with Disabilities Act observed its 27th anniversary. We should be proud of the progress our country has made in the last quarter century in expanding the circle of opportunity — economic, social and educational — for all Americans regardless of their physical or mental disability. Yet there are still pernicious corners of our economy and society where disabled Americans are shut out from the basic protections designed to ensure that most American of ideals: equality under the law.
Voters in an Alaska city are getting the chance to decide whether or not they want ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate in their city.
Last week, Hyatt made a strategic, minority investment in Oasis, bringing the company’s total fundraising to $35 million. Just how much Hyatt has invested in Oasis was not disclosed, but Oasis CEO and co-founder Parker Stanberry noted it was a “significant minority position.”
The Tesla Model 3 will be on the track to being a huge success if Tesla is able to pull off its launch correctly. With the technology baked into its long-range electric car, priced at $35,000 (or even less if you take into consideration all of the tax rebates available) and an even longer range model for $44,000, Tesla might be working its way towards launching their ride sharing service during the Model 3’s lifetime.
Arkansas taxi cab drivers could possibly have yet another competitor nearly three-1/2 years after Uber first arrived in the Natural State. San Francisco-based ridesharing company Lyft Inc., has filed an application with the Arkansas Public Service Commission to offer their ride-hailing service. Lyft, whose operations are now prohibited in Arkansas, was incorporated as a for profit company Lyft Drives Arkansas Inc. on May 1, according to business filings with the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office.
A food sharing program between La Crosse community members is taking inspiration from miniature libraries. The ‘Little Food Pantry’ outside Hamilton Elementary School is regularly stocked with non-perishable foods and personal hygiene items.
Tem Açúcar is a social network for neighbors focused on the sharing economy model. Tem Açúcar is Portuguese for “do you have sugar?” cleverly named after the age old practice of sharing sugar with your neighbors. The concept is simple: on Tem Açúcar, hundreds of neighbors connect and, in just a few minutes, share different items and experiences.
Assuming that you’re using the side gig for something beyond basic survival, that extra dough could add up to something a lot more impressive, especially if you decide to skip brunch and invest it. To sketch out the idea, we started with Bankrate’s numbers and research from consumer lending startup Earnest, which recently separated out the average take for workers at peer-to-peer service platforms, like Uber, Lyft, Airbnb and others. Earnest’s findings are based on data from those working side gigs who applied for a loan on its platform.
The practice of slapping the term “sharing” on a new business in China has become widespread in an economy that is flooded with venture capital for sharing startups. But many of these firms are barely borrowing from the principles that first shaped the sharing economy. The models are very different from, say, an Uber, where the business doesn’t own the cars on its platform but helps people coordinate online with other individuals to get rides.
New York City is in the middle of a transportation nervous breakdown. Never before have city dwellers had so many options for getting around — subway, bus, bike, ferry, taxi, and every sharing app under the sun — and never have commutes been so hellacious. In the midst of all this chaos comes the Ford Motor Company, tossing one more transit option onto the pile in the hopes that it will help make the simple act of getting from Point A to Point B a little less suicide-inducing.