Sharing economy works but we need effective laws to help it grow | HeraldSun (Australia)

To fill this void, Labor has engaged in an extensive consultation process around the sharing economy. From more than 500 submissions, we developed six principles that will guide a Shorten government’s response.

Source: Sharing economy works but we need effective laws to help it grow | HeraldSun

Uber to partner with Las Vegas dealership on ‘greenlight hub’ | Las Vegas Review-Journal

Mitch’s Take: This is notable. Uber partners with a car dealership to, among other things, provide “training and on-the-job support” which have been problematic for the company, as well as the industry. Does this constitute an arm’s length relationship with the drivers while solving for the training requirements that tread into employment territory from regulators’ perspective?

For the first time, Uber is partnering with a car dealership that will serve as a “greenlight hub,” where drivers for the ride-sharing service can get vehicle inspections, training and on-the-job support.

Source: Uber to partner with Las Vegas dealership on ‘greenlight hub’ | Las Vegas Review-Journal

Uber isn’t worried about Brexit: CEO Kalanick

Ride-hailing app that has quickly gained a global presence isn’t concerned about the U.K’s decision to disrupt Europe’s economic boundaries.

“I guarantee you that by 2025, we’re not going to waving at cars anymore,” Kalanick laughed, referring to the taxi-hailing process.

But in order to get to that scenario, existing regulation needs a complete make-over, he noted.

“As tech gets more wound into cities, innovators are now dealing with the physical world, which is highly regulated. Many of these tools are defined to protect existing players and those protections hinder new innovations…how do we write new rules that better serve people and progress?”

Source: Uber isn’t worried about Brexit: CEO Kalanick

SenseDriver Technologies Acquires Ridesharing and Taxi Dispatching Software, Reduces Distractions for Ride-sharing Drivers – Press Release Rocket

New ride-sharing software acquisition reduces distraction for ride-sharing drivers, makes SenseHUD heads-up display platform the leading ride-sharing technology choice for drivers everywhere. Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 25, 2016 Recently, Boston-based company Sense Driver acquired ridesharing and dispatch software that will be integrated with their SenseHUD heads-up display. This will allow Lyft and Uber drivers to […]

Source: SenseDriver Technologies Acquires Ridesharing and Taxi Dispatching Software, Reduces Distractions for Ride-sharing Drivers – Press Release Rocket

Watertown Daily Times | Watertown cabs tested after bill fails to allow Uber and Lyft in upstate New York

Source: Watertown Daily Times | Watertown cabs tested after bill fails to allow Uber and Lyft in upstate New York

American Express teams up with Facebook to offer Amex Bot

Source: American Express teams up with Facebook to offer Amex Bot

One small step for gig economy workers – FT.com

Uber is about to launch a bold experiment in New York. No, not another flashy app or gazillion-dollar round of fundraising. Instead, the ride-hailing service has told its 35,000 drivers in the city that they can form an Independent Drivers Guild to

Source: One small step for gig economy workers – FT.com

Portable_Benefits_final2.pdf

A fine summary from the Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative of the need for a new benefits model, described as “portable” in that the worker “owns” the benefit. My feeling, upon reading, is that these programs could also be described more productively as “distributed” in the sense that they are collected from many market transactions and pooled without becoming “property” of workers.

The authors outline five existing models for benefits systems established on shared access to a customer- or worker-provided safety net.  A must-read for thinking about the future of social safety nets.

Source: Portable_Benefits_final2.pdf

Verve Acquires Roximity, Gains Access To National Beacon Network 06/23/2016

With the purchase of a beacon network, the company will be able to get more concrete data about the relation of mobile ads to in-store visits-and hopefully add more data points to the problems withmobile attribution that many publishers, brands and advertisers still have.

Source: Verve Acquires Roximity, Gains Access To National Beacon Network 06/23/2016