Early Stage Company Development · Early Stage Funding

Have you ever driven for Uber or Lyft?

Brian Bensch Founder & CEO at Snow Schoolers

May 8th, 2016

I don't expect there to be a ton of responses, for all the same reasons I was initially hesitant about signing up to be a driver. It's not a white-collar job, the pay isn't that great, and if you've worked in tech for awhile, you really just don't see yourself as a driver.

On the flip-side, the pay can be quite decent if you play your cards right. I only drive when the driver promotions are good, and just ran my numbers with Lyft, and turns out I've averaged $64/hr in the last 2 months. Which isn't too shabby in my opinion.

As such, curious if any other founders out there are doing rideshare or other sharing economy gigs to help slow their cash burn.

Tiffany Yelverton President and Chief Sexinista at Entice Me Soirees, Inc.

May 8th, 2016

I have driven in the past. I agree, driving when it is surge pricing and promos is the only time I do it anymore. Also when Uber is offering recruiting bonuses, it is a good deal. I found it very good for networking, too. Tiffany

Saralyn Whitney Co-Founder at YogaFamily

May 8th, 2016

I'm pre-seed and I drive for Lyft to provide enough income to cover our household and make sure we cover the critical expenses our revenue doesn't cover.

Chicke Fitzgerald

May 9th, 2016

All I can say is bravo to all of you.  I don't think that most people have any idea what founders go through to get our companies off the ground.  

Julie Gengo Senior Communications and Marketing Professional

May 8th, 2016

I currently drive for Lyft only as Uber is a very unethical company. After they stole money from me, I stopped driving for them however, when do you drive to make that much money? They don't offer promos all the time and unless you can stay up quite late, it's not that easy to make $65 per hour. Expenses are very high as well when you factor in car wear and tear. Cheers!

Mark Sim

May 11th, 2016

I drove uber for couple months.  I used to carry stickers of our app and hand them out to a lot of drunk people... not sure how effective that marketing campaign was.  But, the earnings from uber paid for the stickers, so... 

Chicke Fitzgerald

May 9th, 2016

I think FD could be really powerful, but they need to get out of their own way. Right now since they do not allow us to talk about the things that really matter, they are forcing us to connect on LinkedIn and have the real discussions.   I'm not sure that I really understand their motive in censoring discussions. 

I'm happy to have an offline discussion Robert.  Feel free to reach out to me.

  

Robert Clegg

May 9th, 2016

Great point Chicke. How can we, as a group, really support each other? Is this a Kickstarter boost group? What other ideas do people have?

Astrum Lucis Radio Show Host at On The Record

May 12th, 2016

I used to drive for Uber in Austin until they ceased operations because Proposition 1 did not pass.  Kind of sucks because now I'm out of income but the bills don't stop coming...its hard to balance following your unpaid passion (for me its music) and having to survive on top of that doing something that is other than your passion.  It'd be nice if people appreciated the arts and didn't steal music...but that's probably a whole other discussion...

Chicke Fitzgerald

May 11th, 2016

That is hysterical Mark!  Seems like the marketers could have a field day with putting unique codes on those stickers to check out the behaviors the day after from the drunks!

Kasandra Clemente Founder/Director, Circle One Visionary Multi-Media Center

July 27th, 2016

No one here yet has dared to talk about the risks involved with driving one's own car with one's back turned towards the passengers in the back seat.  Not that I'm paranoid in my life, but I ain't a fool or take undue risks that the passenger(s) in the back seat could be potential robbers or perverts.  I would not do a job solely for the money!  No thanks, I will never be that greedy or needy!