I love reading things like this that always drive the point home that very little to nothing is new under the sun. The only new things are new dumb money investors that haven’t seen it before.
This is strongly related to the the Hindsight bias , which "refers to the common tendency for people to perceive events that have already occurred as having been more predictable than they actually were before the events took place."
With that said... I see Amazon Fresh/Prime Now and think... "WebVan" I see UberEats/DoorDash and think... "2 Go Services" formerly "Dinner Delivery Plus" I see Carvana and think... CarMax
But then there are the exceptions which have turned out to be truly exceptional. Think Facebook/Myspace, Instagram/Flickr, Google/AltaVista, AirBNB/Couchsurfing, reddit/digg, AWS/Rackspace.
With that said... I'm really not so hot about WeWork. I hope it works out but there is so much weirdness around the company and founder that I will not be investing. Very entertaining to see article after article about it, I hope things work out for the honest rank-and-file, but I really do suspect that the WeWork IPO (or lack thereof) will have a much needed chilling effect on the overheated tech economy of the last decade.
There may be nothing new under the sun but how we look those same old things matter.
My impression of We has been that it's coworking spaces (aka limited commitments) but "we're so trendy and hip that you'll stay at short term high rates even when you have a stable business and could get a regular cheaper lease elsewhere."
That or it's a long con.
This is more like gypsy cabs. Uber/Lyft don't have to ply the streets b/c of their app and backend tech.
The Uber app specifically tells drivers how to ply the streets - what direction they should be driving in order to maximize their chances of picking up a profitable fare in the future. They call it "surge pricing".
Do you mean that Uber drivers can be hailed?
Inside the app you can see them plying around you and you just hail them in your phone. The interface is much more practical than hailing a taxi using your hand.