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Uber India hits 500 million rides landmark, hires 1,000 people

Uber India hits 500 million rides landmark, hires 1,000 people

Technology
San Francisco-based cab aggregator Uber announced that it has completed 500 million trips in India since its launch in the country in 2013. The trips add up to mark Uber’s Six billion trips worldwide ever since its launch in 2010. The company entered Bangalore in 2013 and has expanded to 29 cities in India till date. The company also said that it has registered double digit growth in the country and almost 2.5 times annual increase in business as of June’ 2017. It's a major milestone for Uber, which said it is "winning in India," its largest overseas market. The demand for Uber, which operates in 29 cities in India, surged by almost 2.5 times between June 2016 and June 2017, the app aggregator said. India was the 18th market for the San Francisco-headquartered company when it ente
Women in Tech: Ushahidi confirms sexual harassment claims, taking its time to investigate

Women in Tech: Ushahidi confirms sexual harassment claims, taking its time to investigate

Women
The tech industry has long suffered a gender imbalance, with companies such as Google and Facebook acknowledging how few women were in their ranks. In Kenya, Ushahidi firm faces the same issues of sexual harrasment. The firm says it’s fully aware of the alleged sexual harassment claim and is investigating the matter to make sure both parties are heard and then action will be taken. However, one of the victims says the tone of the statement shows why it has taken the board years to do anything about it and the accused is still in office representing the company. According to Tech Moran,  "The Ushahidi Board is fully aware of an alleged sexual harassment claim lodged by an employee (who has since chosen to leave the company), against one of our senior employees and has prioritised a
Uber new rules bans minors from having an account in Kenya

Uber new rules bans minors from having an account in Kenya

Business, Startups, Technology
Uber has announced new rules that bars users below the age of 18 from having an uber account as it introduced tough new rules for riders and clients. This follows complaints from clients and riders going as far back as 2016, with the latest allegations on sexual harassment leading to the firing of 20 employees as reported this year. The new rules, published for the first time ,explain why riders can lose access to Uber. “Those under the age of 18 can take an Uber with adult supervision, but cannot have an account themselves. Parents or guardians need to accompany children at all time,” the policy states. “Going forward, if Uber finds that an unaccompanied minor is the account holder the account will be immediately deactivated. If the company finds that the rider is under the age o
Struggling Kenyan Uber drivers in fear of rising taxi competition

Struggling Kenyan Uber drivers in fear of rising taxi competition

Technology
Uber Kenya, already one of the company’s most affordable services in the world, charges a minimum fare of $2.90. The company announced in April  that it will be introducing an even cheaper service at half that price, $1.45, by allowing its drivers to use much older, lower-quality cars. The San francisco based company has quickly expanded across parts of Africa, where it is seen by those signing up as drivers — or “partners” in the Uber lingo — as a rare job opportunity on a continent with stubbornly high levels of unemployment. But the service has stirred debate over how low fares should go, and the company has faced a series of strikes from South Africa to Lagos. This month, drivers in Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest city, went on strike after fares were slashed by 40 percent. Faced with
Uber cuts price by 40% in Lagos

Uber cuts price by 40% in Lagos

Technology
Uber Nigeria has dropped rates on UberX in Lagos by up to 40%, to offer an affordable and convenient option for Nigerians to move around. Speaking about the increase, Alon Lits, General Manager at Uber Sub-Saharan Africa said: “We always consider driver economics in each city that they operate in and after years of experience, what we‘ve seen in cities across the world is that lower fares mean greater demand, lower pickup times and more trips per hour — increasing earning potential and creating better economics for drivers.” This means that not only will riders pay less for their trips but driver-partners will earn more through increased demand. According to the company, “Riders can expect the same quality experience at a more affordable price and driver-partners should also earn th