RSG032: What Did We Learn About Rideshare In 2015?

Although I think it’s important to always be setting goals and looking into the future, it also makes a lot of sense to reflect every once in a while.  In today’s podcast I do just that, and recap what we learned about rideshare in 2015.

I go over all my predictions that I made for 2015 and let you know where I was right and of course where I was wrong.  I also talk about a couple big issues that came up during the year that I missed and how they will affect drivers and the industry as a whole.

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RSG032: What Did We Learn About Rideshare In 2015?

Stay tuned until the end too since I’ll share an update on how the blog itself performed in 2015.  We saw a ton of growth and made some huge strides.

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  • Happy New Year!
  • Today’s episode will be a recap of rideshare in 2015 and an update of predictions I made earlier this year
  • Discussing the rideshare industry and an update on RSG (the site)
  • Special thanks to our sponsor, Stride Health – the new year is a great time to check out your health care options. Check out Stride Health today and sign up before the end of the year.

2015: A Look Back

  • Episode 13 predicted what I thought would happen in 2015
  • A lot of the big issues I discussed back then did happen in 2015
  • Did miss out on a few
  • RSG changed over 2015, too!

Insurance: What’s Changed

  • Insurance is still a big deal for drivers, not as much for passengers
  • Insurance differs from state to state
  • Insurance not always provided in every stage by rideshare companies
  • Some insurance carriers are offering options for rideshare drivers – check out our comprehensive list here

Regulatory Issues

  • Surprised by how many regulatory issues arose during 2015
  • Takeaway is regulators need political support when attempting to regulate rideshare companies
  • Constituents need to support the regulations, otherwise regulators are going to find a huge uphill battle
  • Cities & counties have valid reasons for trying to regulate rideshare, but the public has to support the regulations too
  • Why Uber left Broward County, FL
  • Confrontation between Uber and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio

International Expansion

  • Rideshare companies expanding throughout the world (China & India are some of the biggest markets), but is still very heavily subsidized
  • China market not looking so great for Uber – China already has established rideshare players in the market
  • Sarah Lacy from Pando – solid tech reporting to check out if you’re interested
  • Lyft partnered with Chinese ridesharing companies
  • Lyft is growing up and out
  • Continued driver churn – 50% of drivers quit in the first year, according to Uber, but there’s no shortage of drivers
  • Will the quality of drivers stay the same?

Separate Services

  • While rideshare companies have expanded beyond driving, like UberEATS, it wasn’t a huge focus in 2015
  • Rideshare companies are expanding in the tech & engineering sectors – UberPool
  • Self-driving cars – Zack Kanter interview
  • Lyft might not be losing ground to Uber, but they do only seem to be along for the ride right now

Uber vs. Lyft

  • Publicly, not a lot of contention
  • Definitely aware of each other – Uber might be more aware of Lyft than before
  • Metrics show it’s not even close – Lyft is second to Uber, but they don’t seem to be going anywhere
  • Sidecar ceased rideshare/delivery services – can’t say I’m shocked by that
  • Shows that rideshare companies really need to care about passengers – using Sidecar was confusing for passengers

What Did I Miss?

  • W2 vs. 1099 employment lawsuit – missed this by a mile!
  • Interview with Shannon Liss-Riordan covered this topic in-depth
  • There won’t be a quick resolution to this – many rideshare drivers don’t want to become employees, but some do
  • Delivery companies took off in 2015! I’m surprised people are willing to pay $8 to have a $7 burrito delivered, clearly did not see that coming
  • GrubHub and many other delivery companies challenging the dominant delivery players. UberEATS may crush these smaller players, but time will tell

Takeaways in 2015

  • You’re not going to become rich as a rideshare driver, so you have to take advantage of the flexibility driving offers
  • This industry is all about change – you can’t expect the future will be the same as today
  • Surround yourself with people you want to be like – people who inspire you, looking for the next thing, improving themselves
  • This is your business, so do what’s best for you and your business – outwork the competition

RSG in 2015

  • 30k pageviews a month to 500k pageviews a month in 2015!
  • Very happy with growth on the blog – quit my day job earlier this year, so I’m glad this is working out well!
  • Expanded my team – part-time writers, advertising, website service, and more
  • Income growth was huge this year
  • Launched Maximum Ridesharing Profits this year
  • Lots of media outreach this year – developed relationships with reporters
  • Connecting with readers and listeners – if you ever have questions, comments, email me! I always respond


Show Notes

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Drivers, what do you think about everything that happened in 2015?  What were the biggest issues for you and more importantly what did you learn or take away from them?

-Harry @ RSG