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Government’s refusal to recognize the rise of independent contractors is hurting the economy

David Schweikert Crunch Network Contributor Congressman David Schweikert is a three-term representative of Arizona’s Sixth District. He serves on the House Financial Services Committee. How to join the network The workforce of the 21st century has been changing for years.  Government, only recently perceiving the movement from a traditional workforce to an independent contractor model, is stifling innovation and hurting workers in the process. From …

Evercar mashes up car sharing and ride hailing

Say you’d like to make a few extra bucks by driving for ride hailing services Lyft and Uber or on-demand delivery services like Postmates, but your old car won’t pass muster with these companies. Or maybe you don’t want to put the miles on your personal car. Or maybe you don’t even have a car of your own. That’s where Evercar comes in. It maintains …

Tech and government: The state of our union

Matt Weinberg Crunch Network Contributor Matt Weinberg is a White House appointee in the U.S. Small Business Administration, where he serves as a Special Advisor in the Office of Investment and Innovation. More posts by this contributor: How to join the network Technology innovators tend to operate with an ethos that they consider diametrically opposed to that of government, frequently leading to friction and adversarial …

Lyft pauses Carpool service

Well, that was fast. Less than five months ago, Lyft launched a Carpool feature for people commuting outside of San Francisco city limits. The idea was that people would pick up passengers on their way to work and make anywhere from $4 to $10 per ride. The service, which was only available in the San Francisco Bay Area, has since shut down because not enough drivers …

GM expressed interest in buying Lyft, but Lyft declined

Close partners GM and Lyft were apparently nearly even closer: The Information reports and TechCrunch has separately confirmed that the carmaker expressed its interest in purchasing Lyft, going so far as to specify a price it would’ve been wiling to pay. Lyft apparently explored what other strategic partners might be offering before deciding to say no to GM and opt instead to raise new funding. Lyft …

After China, India looms as Uber’s next battleground

Ajay Chopra Crunch Network Contributor Ajay Chopra, co-founded Pinnacle in his living room and grew it to a multi-billion dollar public company before becoming a venture capitalist with Trinity Ventures. More posts by this contributor: How to join the network Earlier this month the ride-sharing world faced its first major shakeup when Uber announced that it would sell its China business to primary competitor Didi for an ownership …