Yesterday was Mother’s Day. I love my mother and I am always happy to celebrate her.
For multiple reasons:
- She gave birth to me
- She fed me for most (if not all) of my life
- She has loved me unconditionally
- When I was at my lowest, she believed in me
- She is one of the funniest people that I know
And many, many more reasons.
Here’s a picture of us.
Did I mention that I really love my mom? She’s great and cool and all of the above.
What’s even cooler is that my mom recently signed up to be an Uber driver. Uber (for those of you that live under a rock) is a worldwide peer-to-peer transportation tech company. The Uber mobile app allows people who are in search of a ride to get connected to a driver. The company began in 2009 and has grown to employ almost 7,000 people and is valued at $60 billion. Needless to say, it’s a gigantic company.
So why is my mom wanting to be an Uber driver so great? Well, for one, on average, Uber drivers make $19 an hour. If she were to work part-time at 20 hours a week, she would make just under $20,000. That’s in addition to the income that she would receive from her career as a nurse. More money is always great.
Secondly, she would be able to set her own hours. Uber is known for being flexible with its employee’s schedules. She would be able to work at her day job, spend time with her dog, go shopping, and be an Uber driver on the side. All at her own convenience.
And thirdly, she would meet a lot of interesting people! I have used the Uber app many times living in downtown Minneapolis, and I gotta tell ya, I’ve met some… shall we say, “different” people. My mom loves people and I know that this would be a benefit for her.
I’m excited for my mom. All of these benefits not only apply to her, but they also apply to everyone else that is thinking about working for Uber. Heck, if I had a car I would be an Uber driver. Not only is it convenient but the company itself is growing and dominating its industry.
Uber is one of the shining examples of start-ups in the information/digital age. Not only is it a unicorn-of-sorts, it is also a major industry disruptor and trendsetter when it comes to peer-to-peer transactions. Uber has led the way for other companies such as Lyft and AirBnB. “Uberisation” is actually a term that has been coined to describe a business that is either an industry disruptor or a business that utilizes the peer-to-peer transaction model. I wonder how long it will be until Uberisation appears in the Oxford English Dictionary…
Has Uber had their share of mistakes? Of course, they have. If you want to read about them, here is a link to ten of their biggest mistakes.
Every company will experience their share of mistakes, though. Especially if the company grows as rapidly as Uber has. My point is that Uber has recovered from these mistakes and genuinely treats its employees and customers well.
I believe that Uber is going places.
If you have a cool/weird/funny Uber story, please share it in the comments section below. I’d love to hear about it.
Hope you and all of your mothers had a wonderful Mother’s Day!
–Tyler W. Hanna