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CNN:
Inside Uber's Special Investigations Unit, a 60+ person team handling severe reported incidents, nearly 1,200/week, often leading to stress and emotional trauma   —  (CNN Business)The internal investigators tasked with keeping Uber safe were overworked, underpaid and at times emotionally traumatized …
Jan 22, 2019, 12:55 PMIn context
Yoolim Lee / Bloomberg:
A reporter, who was injured when her Grab car crashed in Singapore, set out to probe Grab's image as a sober and law-abiding startup but found no smoking gun   —  Singapore, like every big city, has been overrun with new car service apps.  Is that a good thing?  —  On March 26, 2018, the news in my world was all about Grab.
Jan 21, 2019, 7:40 AMIn context
James Cook / Telegraph:
Uber is hiring for a new Micromobility Robotics team to develop autonomous scooters and bikes that can drive themselves to reach customers and charging points   —  Uber is hiring engineers to develop electric scooters and bicycles which can drive themselves around cities in order to reach customers and charging points.
Jan 20, 2019, 3:00 PMIn context
Financial Times:
Berlin-based scooter-sharing startup Flash raises €55M Series A led by Target Global, aims to design and build its own vehicles to set it apart from rivals   —  A new scooter-sharing start-up led by the former founder of Delivery Hero has raised €55m in one of Europe's largest ever …
Jan 18, 2019, 8:00 AMIn context
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Home improvement platform Pro.com raises $33M Series B, bringing the total raised to $60M   —  Pro.com is basically a general contractor for the age of Uber and Prime Now.  While the company started out as a marketplace for hiring home improvement professionals, it has now morphed …
Jan 17, 2019, 12:30 PMIn context
Kate Conger / New York Times:
Data from Portland's 4-month scooter program, which capped the number of scooters to ~2K and recorded 700K+ rides, shows scooters often replaced short car trips   —  SAN FRANCISCO — The e-scooter boom began in Santa Monica, Calif., about 16 months ago.  Electric scooters …
Jan 16, 2019, 12:05 AMIn context
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Sources: self-driving startup Aurora is raising $500M+ at a $2B+ valuation in a round led by Sequoia   —  Aurora's appeal is predicated on three well-credentialed founders from Google, Tesla, and Uber.  —  The startup Aurora — which is not yet two years old but has made waves …
Jan 8, 2019, 3:07 PMIn context
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Leaked docs from last March: Uber projected net revenue of $14.2B by 2019, up 2X from 2017, and its 2019 EBITDA losses to shrink to $500M from ~$1.7B in 2018   —  When Wall Street banks last fall were pitching to take Uber public, some suggested the ride-hailing giant could hit the public market with a valuation of $120 billion.
Jan 7, 2019, 7:00 PMIn context
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Audi spins out its VR division into a new startup called Holoride that announces a partnership with Disney to make VR experiences for back seat passengers   —  Blasting bad guys from the back seat of an E-Tron  —  iIron Man needs help.  He's being chased through outer space by some of Thanos' baddies …
Jan 7, 2019, 1:05 PMIn context
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
HERE Mobility, backed by German car makers, debuts an app called SoMo for planning rides from multiple transport services in 15 cities, including London and LA   —  Here Technologies, the digital mapping service purchased for €2.8bn by German carmakers in 2015, launched a new transportation app …
Jan 7, 2019, 12:50 PMIn context

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