Since 2016, Naked Capitalism has been releasing a now 14-part (!) series by Hubert Horan that looks at Uber, the ride-hailing (read: taxi) company. I can’t recommend the series enough: it is a comprehensive look at the company in the context of the economics of the taxi industry, the ideas about Silicon Valley and “innovation” that it relies on to propagate itself, and its use of marketing, PR, and lawbreaking to obfuscate fairly obvious realities.

As much as for me as for other people, here is a concise place with all the links to the series. See also Hubert Horan’s 2017 journal article, Will the Growth of Uber Increase Economic Welfare?

Can Uber Ever Deliver?

  1. Understanding Uber’s Bleak Operating Economics
  2. Understanding Uber’s Uncompetitive Costs
  3. Understanding False Claims About Uber’s Innovation and Competitive Advantages
  4. Understanding That Unregulated Monopoly Was Always Uber’s Central Objective
  5. Addressing Reader Comments and Questions
  6. Latest Data Confirms Bleak P&L Performance While Stephen Levitt Makes Indefensible Consumer Welfare Claims
  7. Uber’s “Narrative” and The Vox and Stratechery Critiques of Naked Capitalism’s Uber Series – Defending Uber Requires Ignoring Industry Economics
  8. Brad Stone’s Uber Book “The Upstarts”– PR/Propaganda Masquerading as Journalism
  9. The 1990s Koch Funded Propaganda Program That is Uber’s True Origin Story
  10. The Uber Death Watch Begins
  11. Annual Uber Losses Now Approaching $5 Billion
  12. Brad Stone and Bloomberg Continue To Get the Uber Story Badly Wrong
  13. Even After 4Q Cost Cuts, Uber Lost $4.5 Billion in 2017
  14. The New Yorker Lays Out the Template for Pro-Uber Propaganda