Uber Livestream Event of April 10th, 2018 Review

Uber’s Recent Lifestream Event on 4/10/2018

Thoughts on the Dara K Show

 Hal , the Rideshare Ambassador here… Wellll, I hate to say this, because I really wanted my debut Youtube video about Uber as The Rideshare Ambassador to be uplifting and positive. However, after witnessing the travesty of April 10th, 2018-  I just can’t be silent.

I’ve been watching the rideshare community’s reactions on Youtube to Uber’s recent lifestream event, which I have nicknamed The Dara K Show. Most everyone… Kevin the Apptrepreneur, Randy, aka Uber Man, Torsten, the Rideshare Professor, Aaron My Personal Driver – okay -YOUR personal Driver, Your Driver Mike, Ulandsey Peterson and my gal Cecily from Drive Girl Drive among others too numerous to mention, but you know who you are… are all in agreement. The issue of money, our NUMBER ONE concern was NOT addressed.

Well, I’m going to have to disagree here. It was addressed, but Dara used subliminal messaging to address it. When he showed that little video in the middle of the Lifestream event, you know where he showed an array of drivers across the Uberverse -from Singapore to Bangladesh to some other places i didn’t recognize, he was in effect saying – “Hey, all you Youtubers out there complaining about the rates… THIS is your competition. You don’t hear them complaining, do you? Hell, they’re grateful to have a job!”

Almost all of the drivers featured in the video looked like they’re living in Third World countries. Hey, no shame in being from a Third World country, but all of our economies are vastly different. Uber, this was your chance to lift a lot of people out of poverty in some cases,  and elevate the lifestyles of those who have just been scraping by up until now. You have been the one to afford us all an opportunity in the past to hold our heads up and take pride in how  we earn a living. But now, it seems that you have chosen to become greedy and effectively shut the door on your ambassadors and evangelistas. The people who have been effectively blowing your horn for several years (pun intended.)

So, yes – Dara K did address the money. Just not in a direct way. And the rate increase? I haven’t seen one person write or hear one person talk about how the rate increase directly impacts our tips. People didn’t suddenly stop tipping well because you’re a sucky driver all of the sudden. They stopped tipping because they’re paying so much for the ride, now, they just assume you’re making enough already. They don’t know you’re being paid 7.50 for a ride when they paid $15. They only know what’s left in THEIR wallet. It used to be, Uber took a 20% or 25% fee depending on when you signed up as a driver. Now I’ve seen reports of them extracting as much as 60% of our pay. That’s just plain NUTS.

So all of these cheery, sunshiny day speeches and sugary sweet video clips are really intended to send a more sinister message:

“Thanks for your service. Be grateful for the new features in our new app. Oh, and please ignore our fatal little mishaps during our attempts to replace all of you with autonomous vehicles.

Now shut up and drive. Dara K thanks you!  Oh, and please give our Livestream presentation Five stars.”

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  1. Ganardineroporcjc


    I understand perfectly that the event that Uber celebrated last days has not been to your liking. What you expected to be discussed was not the message that was given. Agree with you that the money that the driver receives is key for Uber to continue growing. It is a pity that they receive less for their work. I think that many drivers will stop working, what do you think?

    • admin


      Though many drivers talk about quitting or going on strike, the fact is, it’s still not a bad way to earn extra income if you leverage the way you respond to ride requests. I personally like to maintain a high response rate, so I accept most ride requests unless they’re really far away and the passenger is at a supermarket.  That usually means they have a shopping car full of groceries and they’re only going a bout a mile away, which probably isn’t worth the trip.

      Anyway, I think most drivers will continue to work unless they get deactivated for some reason. Like I said, there are still a lot of great reasons to continue to drive.


  2. Glenys


    HI Hal,
    What a great idea to be “The Rideshare Ambassador”, I wish I had thought of that (LOL!).
    Thank you for being so honest and telling it how it is. I agree that Uber operates in LOTS and LOTS of different countries, all of which are different economies and need different levels of income in order to feed their families and make a decent living.
    I did not know that Uber took 50% of the fare. In my country Uber drivers are being asked to pay standard wages like regular taxi drivers. When you consider that Uber drivers have to provide their own vehicles and pay for any cleaning costs, then this margin is very skinny for the driver.
    Thank you for highlighting this very important issue. I was just wondering what we can do about it?

    • admin


      Hi Glenys,

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Yes, I try to be honest in my opinions but my goal is not to bash Uber (or Lyft). There are a lot of negative things that can be said, but there are a lot of positives, too. If rideshare was truly so horrible, nobody would be doing it or creating websites, blogs and vlogs about it.

      A big concern now is California. They court decided that Uber drivers are employees, not private contractors.I must definitely side with Uber o9n this one. We use our own vehicles. We’re responsible for fuel, maintenance, wear and tear on the engine, transmission, brakes and tires. etc. They don’t take any taxes out, so as far as I’m concerned, rideshare drivers are private contractors – no question. I’m sure Uber will appeal the decision, so it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

      Take care!

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