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Labor leaders and startup founders talk how to build a sustainable gig economy

Labor leaders and startup founders talk how to build a sustainable gig economy Over the past few years, gig economy companies and the treatment of their labor force has become a hot button issue for public and private sector debate. At our recent annual Disrupt event in San Francisco, we dug into […]

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Learn how to help build a sustainable gig economy at Disrupt SF

Learn how to help build a sustainable gig economy at Disrupt SF A handful of years ago, the on-demand or ‘gig’ economy was seen as an innovative system of modern work that provided workers and consumers alike with flexibility, independence, and convenience. It seems like every week, a new on-demand or labor […]

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Passbase grabs $3.6M to power privacy-preserving online ID checks

Passbase grabs .6M to power privacy-preserving online ID checks Digital identity startup Passbase has closed a $3.6 million seed round, led by Cowboy Ventures and Eniac Ventures, with participation from Seedcamp and other European investors. The 2018 founded startup bagged a $600k pre-seed round earlier this year for its full-stack identity engine with […]

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Gig worker bill AB-5 passes in California

Gig worker bill AB-5 passes in California Assembly Bill 5, the gig worker bill opposed by the likes of Uber, Lyft and DoorDash, has passed in the California State Senate. This comes shortly after California Governor Gavin Newsom officially put his support behind AB 5 in an op-ed. The bill needed 21 […]

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Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers to launch a protest caravan across California

Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers to launch a protest caravan across California If you’re like me, chances are good you just distractedly clicked on this article while scrolling through your feed in, or while waiting for, a Lyft. Maybe, like me, you need that app to get to back-to-back meetings in […]

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Glovo faces safety protests after delivery rider killed on the job

Glovo faces safety protests after delivery rider killed on the job Spanish on-demand delivery startup Glovo is facing angry protests from couriers on its platform following the death of a 22-year-old rider on Saturday in Barcelona where the business is headquartered. Local press reports that the man, a Nepalese national called Pujan […]

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Lyft lays out financial risks associated with reclassifying drivers

Lyft lays out financial risks associated with reclassifying drivers In Lyft’s S-1 this morning, the company laid out the potential consequences for converting its drivers from independent contractors to W-2 employees. This, of course, has been an ongoing conversation within the gig economy. Those who work as 1099 contractors can set their […]

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Freelancers rights come of age as gig economy booms

Freelancers rights come of age as gig economy booms Gig workers, freelancers, sharing economy workers — call them what you want to, but the millions who drive you around in Lyfts, drop off your Seamless delivery or work on piecemeal projects from home have become a staple of the American workforce — […]

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UK Uber drivers to stage 24 hour strike over pay and conditions

UK Uber drivers to stage 24 hour strike over pay and conditions A UK union that represents the interests of Uber drivers has called a 24 hour strike for tomorrow. Ride-hailing giant Uber may not be comfortable thinking of the people who do the driving on its platform as workers but, in […]

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Study flags poor quality working conditions for remote gig workers

Study flags poor quality working conditions for remote gig workers An Oxford University study of remote gig economy work conducted on digital platforms has highlighted poor quality working conditions with implications for employees’ well-being. The research comes at a time when political scrutiny is increasingly falling on algorithmically controlled platforms and their […]

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