Uber not a tech company, simply a transport service

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SloppyJoe

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SloppyJoemore
Dec 20, 2017 29 Comments

I've stated this before, Uber is largely a taxi service using a bunch of existing technologies and not some great tech company. The EU has now come to this conclusion too:
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/20/eu-rules-that-uber-is-a-transport-service-not-a-digital-company.html

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TOP 29 Comments
  • Amazon fICL14
    Who cares? The software engineers who work there are geniuses. They're top tier and have a high hiring bar with difficult algo questions.
    Dec 20, 2017 14
    • Cummins sam2017
      FICL14. Dude. I have noticed your posts too, not actively tracking them, they are just bizarre! You’ve got some issues.
      Dec 20, 2017
    • Amazon fICL14
      Not really. This whole app likes to antagonize me because I want to work at a prestigious company. I forgot that everyone on this app already does. That's probably why they all treat me like this instead of answering my questions or giving advice.
      Dec 21, 2017
    • New N!=NP
      Bullshit. Ppl gave you hundreds of great advice. You haven't acted upon them, that's the actual problem. Easy to blame on everybody else but you're the common denominator here, so maybe it's way past time to start looking inwards for the culprit.
      Dec 21, 2017
    • Amazon fICL14
      But you've all said I'm so self-critical so aren't I already looking inward?

      Anyway you should read those threads again. Very few people gave advice relevant to my question and just said don't worry about prestige or insulted me. No one gave me proof that an average intelligence (bad at interviews) person can make it into a prestigious company with hard work.
      Dec 21, 2017
    • New N!=NP
      I didn't read your reply, won't waste time anymore but will leave this here as proof of what myself and others are talking

      The first comment in this post says it all

      [Blind] Check out this post! How to not feel retarded? (Finance)
      https://us.teamblind.com/s/1u6d1oTS
      Dec 21, 2017
  • Google Code 🐒
    I hear their dispatch and routing system is amazing, continually learning and improving the more people take rides. Ultimately this is what separates the best tech companies from the rest.
    Dec 20, 2017 0
  • New / Eng ryujehong
    Calling Uber a transport service company is like calling Google/Facebook a advertisement company because they don’t make money by selling Google search of the Facebook website but selling ads and user data.
    Dec 20, 2017 2
    • Amazon Fvibubub
      It’s true tho brah! 😂
      Dec 20, 2017
    • New / Eng ryujehong
      Yeah the sad truth is that most of the cool tech developed at Google or Facebook is for selling more ads and making Wall Street happy, not for “don’t be evil” or “connect the world”
      Dec 20, 2017
  • Facebook LkGW23
    @SloppyJoe, clearly you have not spent much time in contractor circles. Drivers by and large do NOT want to be classified as employees, but for a vocal minority. Go and try to recruit 100 with the employee/set hours pitch and see how that works out.
    Spend a day inside Uber HQ, and then decide for yourself how a company like that is just “a cab company”. If anything, uber is on trajectory to become a freight company, with >1000 Uber Freight employees by next yr
    Dec 20, 2017 2
    • Google Code 🐒
      Right on!
      Dec 20, 2017
    • Tableau / Eng
      SloppyJoe

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      Ok, not just a taxi company but also a freight company. Still not a real tech company. 😂
      Dec 21, 2017
  • Amazon / Eng
    S Nułella

    Amazon Eng

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    Bam Bam lolol!!
    S Nułellamore
    Tech is just a means to solve difficult problems. There is no technology company per se.
    Dec 20, 2017 2
    • Microsoft Gbiftuj
      Microsoft?
      Dec 20, 2017
    • Tableau / Eng
      SloppyJoe

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      Amazon along with many companies are tech companies or rather "information society services" according to the article:
      "Advocate General Maciej Szpunar said in May that, in his opinion, Uber is not an "information society service." To be considered such would mean the part of the service which is not made by electronic means is "economically independent" of the service. In Uber's case, the drivers would need to be "economically independent". Another factor to be considered is whether Uber provides the entire offering. For example, an online retailer has a website or app as well as shipping the goods it sells. In Uber's case, this would mean it essentially employs the drivers. Uber has said that its drivers do not work for the company and are independent."
      I have felt that Uber should be directly employing its drivers and not treat them as independent drivers.
      Dec 20, 2017
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    • Google arbitdude
      Disruptors my ass
      Dec 20, 2017
    • Facebook cynical.ly
      This buzzword "disruptor" triggers me. It seems like calling oneself a "disruptor" is like a "get out of jail free" card. You can break laws, screw people over and lie, cheat and harass and the world should tolerate you because, "dis-fucking-ruption".
      Dec 20, 2017
  • Deloitte PVaQ48
    They are a jitney.
    Dec 27, 2017 0
  • Meh.
    Dec 20, 2017 0

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