|On-Demand Startups Consider Outsourcing Delivery With Uber|
On-Demand Companies Consider Outsourcing Delivery With UberWhat has not helped is the bidding war for drivers among the glut of on-demand startups that has driven up the cost of delivery — there’s Postmates, SpoonRocket, Washio, Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, Sprig, Doughbies, BloomThat, Shyp, DoorDash, Munchery and Instacart, among others. Some companies are offering driver bonuses and higher paychecks to lock up the market for drivers.
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Three Tips For Worker Classification For The Next On-Demand StartupWhen it comes to how their workers should be classified, entrepreneurs looking to build the next on-demand marketplace need to:
- Start with a clear vision of what they want the end customer experience to be, and determine the degree of worker control that is needed from there;
- Consider if differentiation comes from their technology or their workers; and
- Build an open and flexible platform for their workers.
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What startups are working on "Uber for X?"
With the popularity and success of Uber, the mobile on demand industry is a gold rush, especially in Silicon Valley. Uber connects you with a driver at the tap of a button, but has experimented by delivering kittens, helicopter rides to the Hamptons, ice cream, deliveries, weddings, and christmas trees. They're crazy and want to own the world. I love it.
The problem with 'Uber for X'Uber is nowhere close to turning a profit, according to financial information leaked to Gawker: In 2013, Uber’s fourth year in business, Uber lost $56 million on $104 million in revenue. Those losses nearly tripled in half the amount of time, while revenue growth only doubled: In the first half of 2014, Uber’s fifth year, the company lost $160 million on $101 million in revenue.
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3 Secrets to Successful On-Demand StartupsThe on-demand economy is not new. Our villages have had them for hundreds of years, when the local hairdresser came home to give you a haircut. These were the opening remarks by VC Shervin Pishevar at the On-Demand 2015 conference in San Francisco. He added that these traditional economies were powered by “trust, reputation and a frictionless way of paying each other.” Trust and reputation are no doubt the building blocks of the on-demand economy, but what else is needed to thrive in today’s competitive market? Here are some lessons from investors and entrepreneurs who spoke at the event.
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