Players in the taxi niche Lyft, Uber and Gett are accusing each other of dirty tricks. Those are taking the alleged form of having drivers and employees of one startup ordering rides on their mobile phones on a competitor's, then cancelling. That upends the operation. Here Ryan Lawler reports on that alleged development.
Obviously, the sharing economy needs brilliant and urgent public relations. No longer are some of its startups, which have matured, positioned as the good guys. As many know, sharing economy startup in the lodging space Airbnb continues to generate plenty of bad publicity.
Without the aura of a force of good in an ugly phase of capitalism, sharing economy enterprises could lose consumers, investors and employees. They could also create the field force which attracts non-stop regulation - federal, state and local.