Say hello to Uber! One of the world’s largest global online transportation network companies, and one of the first companies that comes to mind when you think of the word “sharing economy”. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, this company allows
everyday people to rent out their personal cars, similar to a taxi service.
Consumers use their smartphones to download the Uber app, which allows them to call a trip request. Within seconds, an Uber driver will receive a notice of the trip request and will make its way to the consumer’s location.
Founded in 2009 by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, this company’s origins begin one day when its founders were unable to call a taxi cab in the middle of a snowy night in Paris. Unable to find a taxi cab, they thought of a simple yet brilliant idea, an app that you can hit a single button and get a ride. Thus, the idea for Uber was born! What started off as a simple idea has become a global business with over 8 millions users and 160,000 Uber drivers.
This amazing company has created thousands of new jobs and offers a great service to consumers, which is a simple and convenient way to get rides whenever and wherever you are. Uber is a perfect example of a company that defines what the sharing economy is all about. Creating new services and providing workplace flexibility is just a few benefits that the sharing economy brings to the table!