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RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug
(05-20-2016 05:28 AM)Fast Eddie Wrote:  
(05-20-2016 12:22 AM)AboveAverageJoe Wrote:  My son and daughter both go to college in Austin. I hear Uber/Lyft spent 8 million on their anti background check campaign. Uber and Lyft are the ultimate Multi Level Marketing Scam. They have practically no cost and the drivers do all the work and accept all the liability. Any central Texas members with some app know-how could make a killing right now. Some guy is running his own ride-hailing biz off of FB. He was on the news

This. Live by the sword die by the sword. Running an operation like Uber requires little to no capital investment. Good for them? Sure, but it also means there are basically zero barriers to entry.

While there may be low barriers to entry, there are such things as first mover advantage, superior execution and brand recognition. It may be an upstart could try and replicate uber in Austin and meet the requirements of the city, it will most likely never have the scale or resources to do what uber does.

Now Texas is unusual in that it once backed Southwest when it was being hammered by a competitor. It got the support of the public even though it was being undercut. But that was in a time when loyalty and doing the perceived right thing mattered more.

So let me continue with this tangent. Let's say an upstart does well in Austin and uber decides to come back in with massive discounting or incentives and steals drivers. Maybe the upstart could appeal to the decency of the people to stay with them. But in this Walmart society where everything needs to be cheap, where new friends are one click away, I have a hard time seeing an upstart surviving the focused assault of an uber.

Now if Lyft went for it now, it might be different because it also has vast resources.

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Uber and Lyft leave Austin - puckerman - 05-19-2016, 10:59 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - samsamsam - 05-20-2016, 12:05 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - AboveAverageJoe - 05-20-2016, 12:22 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - Fast Eddie - 05-20-2016, 05:28 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - DJ-Matt - 05-20-2016, 10:17 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - samsamsam - 05-20-2016 10:31 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - heavy - 05-20-2016, 10:39 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - Blaster - 05-28-2016, 09:29 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - Samseau - 05-20-2016, 12:04 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - samsamsam - 05-20-2016, 12:19 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - AboveAverageJoe - 05-20-2016, 12:29 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - puckerman - 05-20-2016, 12:48 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - AboveAverageJoe - 05-20-2016, 01:16 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - puckerman - 05-20-2016, 01:28 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - NilNisiOptimum - 05-20-2016, 01:12 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - El Chinito loco - 05-21-2016, 01:27 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - El Chinito loco - 05-20-2016, 06:06 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - Phoenix - 05-21-2016, 03:34 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - Vaun - 05-22-2016, 08:23 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - Samseau - 05-22-2016, 08:45 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - rpg - 05-21-2016, 06:30 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - samsamsam - 05-21-2016, 06:38 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - Samseau - 05-22-2016, 07:41 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - storm - 06-11-2016, 12:08 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - Foolsgo1d - 03-15-2017, 10:51 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - puckerman - 03-14-2017, 11:22 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - puckerman - 07-15-2019, 07:16 AM

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