Uber

Uber Technologies Inc.sexual harassment allegations at UberUber DriverUber IndiaUber TechnologiesUber Technologies IncUber XUber's Advanced Technology GroupUber,ūber
Uber is a transportation network company (TNC) headquartered in San Francisco, California.wikipedia
927 Related Articles

San Francisco

San Francisco, CaliforniaSan Francisco, CACity and County of San Francisco
Uber is a transportation network company (TNC) headquartered in San Francisco, California. UberBike is a dockless bicycle-sharing system that allows users to rent electric bicycles via Uber subsidiary Jump Bikes in 9 metropolitan areas in the United States including San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Uber users are also able to rent Lime scooters in 46 cities via the Uber mobile app.
San Francisco is also the headquarters of five major banking institutions and various other companies such as Levi Strauss & Co., Gap Inc., Fitbit, Salesforce.com, Dropbox, Reddit, Square, Inc., Dolby, Airbnb, Weebly, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Yelp, Pinterest, Twitter, Uber, Lyft, Mozilla, Wikimedia Foundation, Craigslist, and Weather Underground.

Uberisation

platform mediatedUberization
Uber has been so prominent in the sharing economy that the changes in industries as a result of it have been referred to as Uberisation and many startups have described their products as "Uber for X".
The term is derived from the company name "Uber".

Transportation network company

transportation network companiese-hailingride hailing
Uber is a transportation network company (TNC) headquartered in San Francisco, California.
In January 2015, the Associated Press Stylebook, the collective that sets many of the news industry's grammar and word use standards, officially adopted the term "ride-hailing" to describe the services offered by Lyft and Uber, claiming that "ridesharing" doesn't accurately describe the services since not all rides are shared and "ride-sourcing" only is accurate when drivers provide rides for income.

Lime (transportation company)

LimeLime scooterLime scooters
UberBike is a dockless bicycle-sharing system that allows users to rent electric bicycles via Uber subsidiary Jump Bikes in 9 metropolitan areas in the United States including San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Uber users are also able to rent Lime scooters in 46 cities via the Uber mobile app.
In August 2018, the company signed a deal with Uber to provide them electric bikes for the expansion of their Uber Bikes service.

Apple Pay

payments
At the end of the ride, payment is made based on the rider's pre-selected preferences, which could be a credit card on file, Google Pay, Apple Pay, cash, or, in India, Airtel mobile wallet or Unified Payments Interface.
Additionally, the payment service is integrated into the iPhone and iPad applications for the Apple Store, Delta, Etsy, Fancy, Groupon, Kickstarter, Priceline, Starbucks, Ticketmaster, Uber, and Zara starting in June 2016.

Dynamic pricing

time-based pricingtime-of-use pricingsurge pricing
Uber uses a dynamic pricing model; prices for the same route vary based on the supply and demand for rides at the time the ride is requested.
Dynamic pricing is also practiced by on-demand transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft.

Sharing economy

sharingsharing economiescollaborative consumption
Uber has been so prominent in the sharing economy that the changes in industries as a result of it have been referred to as Uberisation and many startups have described their products as "Uber for X".
Urban lifestyle: The congested urban setting creates a new series of problems that can be addressed by the sharing economy. "Unlike earlier generations of information or technology-based enterprises, sharing enterprises rely on a critical mass of providers and consumers who are sufficiently close to each other or to other amenities to make their platforms work, often finding value in the very fact of the beneficial spillovers from proximity." Uber, for example, takes people who live in one common area and transports them to another area. However, to make the initial pick up the Uber driver must be relatively close to the passenger. Urban settings inherently force people to live and work in close proximity. This means that the number of people going to and from similar destinations is going to increase. Uber realized this and created a business format to take advantage of this new urban setting. Airbnb is another example of a company that solves a problem created by the centralized urban setting. In urban settings where there is limited space for housing, people are always hard pressed to find cheaper housing and rental options when moving from city to city. AirBNB realized this and was able to take advantage of people who had space they aren’t using and rent it out at cheaper costs to the people who need a place to stay for shorter amounts of time.

Jump Bikes

Jump bicyclesSocial Bicycles
UberBike is a dockless bicycle-sharing system that allows users to rent electric bicycles via Uber subsidiary Jump Bikes in 9 metropolitan areas in the United States including San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Uber users are also able to rent Lime scooters in 46 cities via the Uber mobile app.
A pilot program began in February 2018, allowing certain users of the Uber app in San Francisco to access Jump's fleet of electric bicycles.

Green Dot Corporation

Green DotGreen Dot BankGreenDot MoneyPak
Drivers in the United States who open a checking account at GoBank by Green Dot receive a debit card that provides cash back for purchases at Exxon, Walmart, Sprint, Jiffy Lube, and Advance Auto Parts.
Green Dot is also a payments platform company and is the technology platform used by Apple Pay Cash, Uber, and Intuit.

Peer-to-peer ridesharing

ridesharingride-hailingrideshare
Uber offers services including peer-to-peer ridesharing, taxi cab hailing, food delivery, and a bicycle-sharing system.
However, in the fall of 2012, the California Public Utilities Commission issued a cease and desist letter to rideshare companies Lyft, Uber, Wingz, and Sidecar, and fined each $20,000.

Uber Eats

UberEATS
Uber Eats provides meal delivery from nearby participating restaurants for a fee of approximately $4.
Uber Eats (previously stylized as UberEATS) is an American online food ordering and delivery platform launched by Uber in 2014 and based in San Francisco, California.

Travis Kalanick

the company's CEO
Uber was founded in 2009 as UberCab by Garrett Camp, a computer programmer and the co-founder of StumbleUpon, and Travis Kalanick, who had sold his Red Swoosh startup for $19 million in 2007.
He is the co-founder of Scour, a peer to peer file sharing application, Red Swoosh, a peer-to-peer content delivery network, and Uber, a transportation network company.

Garrett Camp

Garret Camp
Uber was founded in 2009 as UberCab by Garrett Camp, a computer programmer and the co-founder of StumbleUpon, and Travis Kalanick, who had sold his Red Swoosh startup for $19 million in 2007.
He co-founded StumbleUpon, a web-discovery platform, while in graduate school at the University of Calgary in 2002 and co-founded Uber, a transportation network company in 2009.

Legality of TNCs by jurisdiction

For more information, see Legality of TNCs by jurisdiction.
On June 2, 2018, following pressure from Istanbul taxi drivers, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Uber is finished in Turkey.

Ryan Graves

In February 2010, Ryan Graves became the first Uber employee, getting the job by responding to a tweet from Kalanick announcing the job opening, and receiving 5–10% of the company.
Graves was formerly the CEO, then SVP of Global Operations at Uber, where he remains on the board of directors.

Death of Elaine Herzberg

Elaine Herzberg18 March 2018The pedestrian
In March 2018, the death of Elaine Herzberg by an Uber self-driving vehicle in Tempe, Arizona resulted in temporary pause to Uber's self driving vehicle testing.
Herzberg was pushing a bicycle across a four-lane road in Tempe, Arizona, United States, when she was struck by an Uber taxi, which was operating in self-drive mode with a human safety backup driver sitting in the driving seat.

Walmart

Wal-MartWalmart SupercenterWal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Drivers in the United States who open a checking account at GoBank by Green Dot receive a debit card that provides cash back for purchases at Exxon, Walmart, Sprint, Jiffy Lube, and Advance Auto Parts.
In June 2016, Walmart and Sam's Club announced that they would begin testing a last-mile grocery delivery that used services including Uber, Lyft, and Deliv, to bring customers' orders to their homes.

Otto (company)

OttoLior Ron
Uber acquired Otto for $625 million in 2016. According to a February 2017 lawsuit filed by Waymo, owned by an affiliate of Google, ex-Google employee Anthony Levandowski allegedly "downloaded 9.7 GB of Waymo's highly confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation" before resigning to found Otto, which was purchased by Uber.
In August 2016, Otto was acquired by Uber.

SoftBank Group

SoftBankJ-PHONESoftBank 3G
In January 2018, the company raised $1.25 billion in cash from an investor group including SoftBank, Dragoneer Investment Group, and Sequoia Capital.
The company owns stakes in Softbank Corp., Softbank Vision Fund, Arm Holdings, Fortress Investment Group, Boston Dynamics, Sprint (ca.85%), Alibaba (29.5%), Yahoo Japan (48.17%), Brightstar (87.1%), Uber (15%), Didi Chuxing (ca.20%), Ola (ca.30%), Grab, Renren (42.9%), InMobi (45%), Hike (25.8%), Snapdeal (ca.30%), Brain, Fanatics (ca.22%), Guardant Health, Improbable Worlds (ca.50%), Mapbox, Nauto, Nvidia (ca.5%), One97 Communications (ca.20%), Oravel Stays (42%), OSIsoft, PingAn Heath Cloud (7.41%), Plenty United, Roivant Sciences, Slack Technologies (ca.5%), Vir Biotechnology, WeWork (ca.22%), Zhongan Online P&C Insurance (5%), Compass (ca.22%), Auto1 (ca.20%), Wag (45%), Katerra (ca.28%), Cruise Automation (ca.19.6%), Ele.me, Getaround, Packet and ParkJockey.

Linux Foundation

The Linux FoundationPatent Commons[9
Uber is a gold member of the Linux Foundation and has a five star privacy rating from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Independent contractor

contractorindependent contractorscontractors
Uber drivers are considered independent contractors and not employees, though this has been the subject of lawsuits in several jurisdictions; see Uber#Criticism.
Firms in the sharing economy such as Uber can gain substantial advantages via the misclassification of employees as independent contractors.

DiDi

Didi ChuxingDidi TaxiDidi Kuaidi
In August 2016, after facing tough competition in China, Uber sold its operations in China to DiDi, in exchange for an 18% stake in Didi.
DiDi acquired Uber's China unit in 2016.

Waymo

Google self-driving cardriverless cardriverless car project
According to a February 2017 lawsuit filed by Waymo, owned by an affiliate of Google, ex-Google employee Anthony Levandowski allegedly "downloaded 9.7 GB of Waymo's highly confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation" before resigning to found Otto, which was purchased by Uber.
In 2017, Waymo sued Uber for allegedly stealing trade secrets.

GrabYourWallet

In late January 2017, Uber was targeted by GrabYourWallet for collecting fares during a taxi strike in New York City in protest of Trump travel ban Executive Order 13769.
The movement has particularly targeted Uber and Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump's clothing and shoe line, which was carried by Nordstrom before being indefinitely discontinued due to poor sales as a result of the boycott.

David Plouffe

From September 2014 to May 2015, Uber used the services of David Plouffe.
In September 2014, he became the Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy for transportation network company Uber.