A former chief operating officer with Elio Motors has co-founded a mobile-based on-demand, pay-per-mile vehicle subscription service.YOYO announced its official launch Tuesday, and the company likened its model to “checking out books at the library.”
Source: YOYO likens on-demand model to library books | Autoremarketing
As when we discuss other cannabis-related issues, the question inevitably turns to this: what are legitimate businesses already doing in analogous industries?Over the past few years, a host of services have emerged to offer alcohol deliveries in under an hour.
Source: The opportunities and risks in on-demand cannabis | VatorNews
Job of the future, perfect for on-demand: Chatbot scripting and training. With these platforms in place, the bots become commodity tools.
Tech giants like Amazon, Twilio, Slack, and Cisco are looking for promising projects to support.Together these companies want to invest more than $450 million in bots, personal assistants, and other innovative tech.
Source: Amazon, IBM, and other tech giants want to pay you to create bots | VentureBeat | Bots | by Khari Johnson
Uber and Lyft spent the last four years cornering the millennial market. Now they’re going after a new demographic: senior citizens. Both ride-hailing companies recently announced partnerships with service providers that allow older customers to book rides through a phone operator, bypassing smartphone apps entirely.
Source: Lyft and Uber launch programs to cater to seniors – LA Times
Google is moving onto Uber Technologies Inc.’s turf with its own ride-sharing service in San Francisco that would help commuters carpool at far cheaper rates, according to a person familiar with the matter, jumping into a booming but fiercely competitive market.
Source: Google Takes on Uber With New Ride-Share Service – WSJ
Washio, an on-demand laundry startup that launched in 2013 and quickly spread to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Oakland and Washington D.C. Unfortunately, Washio posted a letter to its site on August 29 saying it was closing its doors effective immediately.
Source: All washed up: On-demand laundry startup Washio closes its doors – CNET
Snagajob charges employers for the number of clicks, applicants, interviews and hires it lines up. It also sells annual subscriptions for use of its hiring software. Harrison, 53, declines to specify revenue but says Snagajob is breaking even. In February, the startup raised $100 million to develop new features and fund acquisitions.
Source: Explosion of Gig Economy Means There’s an App for Juggling Jobs – Bloomberg
But just because the gig economy “makes sense” doesn’t mean it works. Shady pricing has placed an entire subset of on-demand apps like Postmates and DoorDash, which rely on couriers, under scrutiny for making offerings seem more affordable than they really are. On-demand startups are predicated on the idea of becoming a habit, not a luxury.
Source: Tech Is Going to Make the Gig Economy Happen Whether You Want It or Not
David Drummond, a longtime executive at Alphabet and a director at Uber, recently stepped down from the ride-hailing company’s board, Uber said on Monday. Mr. Drummond had served on Uber’s board for the last three years.
Source: Uber and Alphabet’s Rivalry Heats Up as Director Chooses Sides – The New York Times
We wanted to hear their challenges, goals and stories. So we talked to them, and we worked with a local Chicago illustrator to create comic strips inspired by experiences that on-demand workers have had on the job. (They’re pretty wacky, to be honest.)
Source: Meet the People Who Power The On-Demand Economy