Uber resumes self-driving car program in San Francisco after crash | Reuters

Driverless vehicles operated by Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] were back on the road in San Francisco on Monday after one of its self-driving cars crashed in Arizona, the ride-hailing company said.

Source: Uber resumes self-driving car program in San Francisco after crash | Reuters

Polis is reinventing the door-to-door salesman | TechCrunch

There’s really not much difference between political canvassing and the door-to-door sales pitch. Startup Polis is leveraging its campaign experience to help large companies woo customers with that personal touch that can mean so much.

Source: Polis is reinventing the door-to-door salesman | TechCrunch

Postmates Lays Off Community Managers As It Tries To Minimize Losses

Short-term thinking.

According to a statement from Postmates SVP of Operations Russell Cook, the delivery startup has “redefined the roles of our local teams and operations” and will “phase out our community manager position.” That will entail layoffs, which BuzzFeed reported comes to about 30 people. A source close to the company told Forbes that the total number of employees laid off is less than 30, but did not dispute that the community manager position has been eliminated.

Source: Postmates Lays Off Community Managers As It Tries To Minimize Losses

Uber is considering leaving Seattle if drivers join unions – Business Insider

Uber could say goodbye to Seattle if drivers in the city unionize as a result of a new law that recently took effect, according to a new report from GeekWire.

Source: Uber is considering leaving Seattle if drivers join unions – Business Insider

Foursquare offers Analytics product for retailers, multi-location brands

Continuing its transformation into a data company, this week Foursquare announced Foursquare Analytics, “a dynamic foot traffic dashboard for brands.” The company said that its beta partners for the product included Taco Bell, TGI Fridays, H&M and Lowe’s.

Source: Foursquare offers Analytics product for retailers, multi-location brands

Fight Over Seattle’s Attempt To Unionize On-Demand Economy Reaches Critical Point | Fisher Phillips – JDSupra

If these challenges are not successful, we can expect to see unionization efforts continue apace, and the Teamsters Association will no doubt begin to put the full-court press on drivers to try to form the first-ever gig union.

Source: Fight Over Seattle’s Attempt To Unionize On-Demand Economy Reaches Critical Point | Fisher Phillips – JDSupra

Competition Runs Rampant in the On-Demand Economy :: Paste

goPuff is different from other delivery services in many ways. We strive to deliver the daily necessities and impulse items that are inconvenient to go out and purchase at a store. Because of this, it is crucial that our delivery speed is top-notch. We deliver in under 30 minutes across all markets, and in certain markets, even achieve average delivery times of 15 minutes or less.

Source: Competition Runs Rampant in the On-Demand Economy :: Business :: Features :: On-Demand Economy :: Paste

Spiffy: The Mobile Car Wash Company Reshaping The On-Demand Economy

Investing in the training of full-time staffers not only strengthens customer security and assures satisfactory service, but aims to set a precedent that all employees are properly equipped and committed. One on-demand startup at the cusp of this paradigm shift is Spiffy.

Source: Spiffy: The Mobile Car Wash Company Reshaping The On-Demand Economy

Uber suspends testing of self-driving cars after crash – The Washington Post

Uber has taken its fleet of self-driving vehicles off the roads while it investigates a Friday night crash that left one of its SUVs sitting on its side.

Police in Tempe, Ariz., were called to a crash at approximately 6:25 p.m. Friday to find that the Uber SUV had been hit when another vehicle failed to yield, according to the Tempe Police Department. No serious injuries were reported.

Source: Uber suspends testing of self-driving cars after crash – The Washington Post

Report: Uber CEO’s Group Trip to Escort Bar Made Female Employee ‘Feel Horrible’

Yesterday, the Information published a new story that recounts the time, in 2014, that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick allegedly visited an escort-karaoke bar in Seoul along with five Uber employees. According to the report, four of the employees were male managers who proceeded to participate in the bar’s system of calling out women by their designated number to accompany them for the evening. The fifth employee was a female marketing manager who felt uncomfortable in the situation. Reportedly, Kalanick left with his girlfriend, Gabi Holzwarth, about 45 minutes later. Holzwarth confirms the story.

Source: Report: Uber CEO’s Group Trip to Escort Bar Made Female Employee ‘Feel Horrible’