Dallas-based app meets need for on-demand healthcare for Texas kids – CultureMap Dallas

Gone are the days of waiting for hours in a doctor’s office full of germs with your sick kid. Meet PediaQ, an innovative children’s healthcare app that provides instant care via house calls in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and, soon, Austin. The desire for on-demand medical services is growing, and healthcare apps like Mend are heeding the call. PediaQ, which launched in Dallas in 2015 and The Woodlands area of Houston in 2016, brings the same services to people’s homes — specifically for kids.

Source: Dallas-based app meets need for on-demand healthcare for Texas kids – CultureMap Dallas

New Ways for Reporters to Cover the Gig Economy – Reynolds Center

Want to be a business journalist? Here’s the advice the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism provides about covering the on-demand economy.

Want to get started covering the gig economy? Here are four quick tips and resources to hep you start covering this growing source of employment.

Technology has made it easier for workers to connect with side jobs and projects in the digital marketplace where employees and customers can request services on demand. The resulting gig economy remains a real, growing piece of the employment picture in America, albeit one still difficult for experts to quantify.

Here are five ways to start covering this emerging form of employment in ever-deeper ways.

Source: New Ways for Reporters to Cover the Gig Economy – Reynolds Center

Growing Grocery Online: Innovation in Digital Commerce for CPG

With e-commerce growing, how can retailers and manufacturers meet growing consumer demands for CPG products online? At our 2016 Consumer 360, panelists from Jet.com, Boxed.com and Instacart highlighted some of the innovations driving digital commerce in the industry….

Instacart also sees unique shopping behaviors on mobile, which it’s leveraging for success. “We’re seeing high list behavior and shoppers simply buying what they bought last time…as well as greater engagement with third-parties on mobile,” said Ganenthiran. In fact, third parties are helping Instacart answer the age old question of “What’s for dinner?” If consumers are looking at recipes on their phones on their way home, they can easily add ingredients to their cart and have their groceries delivered by the time they arrive.

Source: Growing Grocery Online: Innovation in Digital Commerce for CPG

Q2’16 Food Delivery Deals Creep Up Following Q1 Plummet

Food delivery financing peaked in 2015 with 99% year-over-year growth in deals and over 180% growth in dollars. A single corporate minority round of $1.2B to Shanghai-based Ele.me, by Alibaba Group and Ant Financial, boosted the year’s funding total. However, deals and dollars still would have skyrocketed without it.

So far this year, food delivery startups have raised $946M across 86 deals. If financings continue at their current rate, sector deals will fall well below last year’s level and dollars may slip below 2014 totals.

Source: Q2’16 Food Delivery Deals Creep Up Following Q1 Plummet

MyGlamm to expand to 10 new cities, launch own product line – Livemint

On-demand beauty service provider MyGlamm is looking to expand its business to 10 new cities and launch its own line of products as it eyes a near threefold jump in revenues in the next six months.

MyGlamm, run by Sanghvi Technologies Pvt. Ltd, will launch its services in cities such as Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur and Kolkata in the next six months, according to founder and chief executive officer Darpan Sanghvi.

Source: MyGlamm to expand to 10 new cities, launch own product line – Livemint

Rideshare Service Lyft Fined $6K For Failure To Report Lobbying Activity « CBS San Francisco

California’s campaign finance watchdog is issuing a fine to ride-sharing service Lyft for repeatedly breaking state campaign finance disclosure laws over the last three years.

Source: Rideshare Service Lyft Fined $6K For Failure To Report Lobbying Activity « CBS San Francisco

Open-data Hactivists Help Taipei Craft Regulatory Response to Uber – Shareable

To begin to untangle the Uber issue, the Taiwanese government partnered with hacktivist network g0v (gov-zero). g0v originated in 2012 when a group of citizens, frustrated by the opacity of the government’s new economic reform agenda, created a series of shadow websites with data and visualizations on policy operations. (g0v website urls are identical to government urls, except that the sequence “gov” in the latter is replaced by “g0v.”) The network subsequently launched vTaiwan, a participatory rulemaking project modeled on Cornell University’s RegulationRoom.

Source: Open-data Hactivists Help Taipei Craft Regulatory Response to Uber – Shareable

Seattle Progressives Fight Inequality: Teamsters Take On Uber

Working together, these groups changed the way Seattle residents perceived Uber. No longer was it the White Knight vanquishing the hated yellow-cab monopoly. Instead, Uber became the bully, and 16 of the 18 candidates for council seats endorsed an unprecedented For-Hire Drivers’ Bill of Rights designed to give collective-bargaining rights to all drivers.

Source: Seattle Progressives Fight Inequality: Teamsters Take On Uber

Uber, tech company team up to get patients to appointments

A Nashville health care technology company is teaming with Uber to offer patients the chance to schedule a ride to the doctor’s office as a way to reduce the number of no-show appointments.T

he partnership, called Ride to Health, will ask patients if they need a ride once they confirm the appointment. If they respond yes, the company will send a link to the Uber app, said Sam Johnson, CEO of Relatient, a cloud-based software developer that works with physician offices and hospitals.

Source: Uber, tech company team up to get patients to appointments

Taxis beating Uber and Lyft in New York City – Business Insider

While apps like Uber, Lyft, Juno, and Via are on the rise, NYC Taxi dispatches nearly 400,000 trips each day, according to new data out from Morgan Stanley. That’s compared to 168,528 from Uber and 26,783 trips from Lyft every day.

Source: Taxis beating Uber and Lyft in New York City – Business Insider