Is Uber ‘Ground Zero for Income Inequality?’

Asking the tough questions.
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On the latest episode of Pivot Schooled Live, Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway hosted Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who has argued against classifying his company’s thousands of drivers — who typically work part-time hours — as traditional employees. In one exchange, Galloway compared employment statistics from General Motors to those of Uber, arguing that the ride-hailing and food-delivery giant is exacerbating inequality in America. Khosrowshahi naturally contended otherwise, arguing that the flexibility Uber offers makes the comparison inexact, and that fundamentally reshifting the company’s business model — which courts may force Uber to do — would drastically worsen customer experience.

Later in the show, Khosrowshahi offered a perhaps surprising opinion, calling the German system of including employees on corporate boards a “cool model” — though it’s unclear whether it will figure into Uber’s future.

Also on Wednesday’s episode, Swisher and Galloway spoke with Vanessa Bain, co-founder of the Gig Workers Collective, and played “No Pressure,” a quiz game, with tech journalist Casey Newton and MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle.

It’s not too late to register for Pivot Schooled. Catch up by watching on-demand videos, then tune in live for upcoming events. You can still catch upcoming unscripted interviews with Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Register here.

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