All posts in Uber

Is Raising Funds More Important than Profitability?

Raising funds, getting new valuations, and Series B financing are an inescapable fact of life any startup. We celebrate those companies that are able to pull in eye-popping investments, as with digital bank Monzo – which got valued at £1 billion last year and is looking at raising more funds in order to expand their […]

Looking into the Challenges of the Driverless Car Industry

Looking into the Challenges of the Driverless Car Industry

Buckle up! Elon Musk is announcing he will roll out 1 million robot-taxis by next year. He has also claimed Tesla owners will be able to profit on average $30k a year just by lending their car to the robot-taxi fleet. Tech companies such as Apple and Google are heavily involved in developing driverless cars, as […]

#FrenchTechFriday : go to warp speed with Starnode

#FrenchTechFriday : go to warp speed with Starnode

Today’s French Tech Friday startup does a very simple thing: it can run your asynchronous javascript functions in parallel. Ok, I might have hit you a bit hard there… How about we start at the beginning and discover all about StarNode.     What on earth is Node.Js?   Our story starts with Node.Js and […]

Calling all cars: Please return to base immediately

On Friday France’s Conseil Constitutionnel, the country’s judicial authority, announced its long-awaited ruling on Uber’s objections to the Loi Thévenoud. For a quick recap, the Thévenoud Law (named after Thomas Thévenoud, former secretary of state who left the cabinet in a tax scandal last year) aims to handicap innovative on-demand transport companies like Uber and […]

French government vows to enforce ‘anti-UberPOP’ law to quell latest taxi uprising

Another day, another French taxi strike.  This time, the taxis were protesting against a ruling this past Friday that UberPOP could continue to operate in Paris. The only drawback to the ruling for Uber was that the court, in response to a deceptive advertising infraction in October,  banned them from advertising certain services which would result […]

A Tale of Two Taxis

The following is a guest post from Michael Ferranti, a marketer and product guy living and working in San Francisco, USA. You can follow him on Twitter @ferrantim where your tweets in English and français are welcome, or on his blog. My favorite way to travel in Paris is the metro, but when I was […]

Uber Taxi in Paris: an Uber for the price of a taxi, or a Taxi for the price of an Uber?

Yesterday, Uber announced on their blog that Parisian Uber users will now be able to make user of Uber’s “Uber Taxi” feature, which allows users to hail taxis using Uber. The service has already rolled out in Chicago, DC, Toronto and  San Francisco – in Paris, users have the choice between a Taxi, a “moto” […]

Rolling out in Lyon, France is now the only country in Europe with two Uber-enabled cities

Uber announced on their blog today that they have rolled out their secret Uber drivers in Lyon today – the first passenger was Mickael Miro, a Lyon-based singer. This is Uber’s 2nd French city, and its 7th European city (London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Milan, & Stockholm). In fact, you” notice this is the first European country in […]

SnapCar distances itself from Uber as it moves towards Business Class

SnapCar, a smartphone-enabled private chauffeur service, announced that it will be offering SnapCar for Business, a service dedicated exclusively to enterprises. Just like SnapCar for individuals, the service will allow employees at companies to stay mobile on the go by providing them with an easy way to order drivers wherever they are. The new app, […]

Uber is finally big enough to piss off French taxi authorities

If the sign of success is having the incumbent leader publicly announcing his desire for you to not exist, then it’s been quite easy to watch Uber’s city-to-city success over the past 9 months. It all started when D.C. Taxicab Commission Chairman Ron Linton performed a “sting” on a Uber cab, riding in the car […]