CreativeLive interviews CEOs, founders from back of an Uber car at SXSW

CreativeLive is getting creative at SXSW with a little help from Uber. The Seattle-based online education startup, which raised $21.5 million in November, is interviewing an array of founders and CEOs this weekend in Austin — all from the back of an Uber SUV. The two companies partnered to broadcast UberLIVE online through Sunday evening. CreativeLive co-founder Chase Jarvis… Read More


UberX, Sidecar and Lyft reveal how many drivers they have in Seattle

During last week’s City Council committee meeting in Seattle, several councilmembers voiced frustration over the fact that app-based transportation services like Lyft would not reveal data about how many drivers they had. But now, with a crucial vote looming later this month, the companies are speaking up. The total number of transportation network company (TNC)… Read More

Rep. Cyrus Habib D-48

Washington state rep: ‘Artificially capping rideshares serves absolutely no public interest’

One Washington state politician thinks Seattle is making a mistake with its plan to place caps on app-based transportation startups, and plans to introduce his own statewide legislation to regulate these companies. Cyrus Habib, a Democrat who represents the 48th district and sits on the state’s transportation committee, told GeekWire that he agrees these startups should be regulated with rules like mandated commercial insurance… Read More

Lyft supporters gather at a City Hall rally in February.

House of Cars: Lessons in politics from Seattle’s ridesharing saga

In this corner: We have a young, innovative company that says it’s changing the playing field, and making life better for everyone through innovation. This company’s opponents say it isn’t playing fair. In that corner: We have the government agency responsible for overseeing the playing field. The company’s opponents are calling on this agency to do something…. Read More


Seattle city leaders sound off on ride-sharing dilemma — who do you agree with?

Tensions were high Thursday evening at Seattle City Hall as councilmembers debated how to regulate new app-based transportation companies like UberX, Sidecar and Lyft. After much back-and-forth, the City Council voted 5-4 to cap the number of Lyft, UberX or Sidecar (Transportation Network Companies) drivers active at any given time on each system to 150. That means… Read More


City of Seattle to contact Uber about ‘illegal’ marketing tactics

Uber is trying to convince Seattle’s city leaders that its app-based UberX transportation service should be allowed to operate freely, but the company’s most recent marketing tactics may not exactly help that cause. We spotted several Uber promotional posters stuck to city utility boxes and dumpsters near downtown Seattle Thursday. Based on city regulations, city… Read More


Live blog: Seattle City Council votes on controversial regulations for Lyft, UberX, Sidecar

Follow-Up Posts  Nobody is happy with Seattle’s cap on ride-sharing drivers Seattle set to cap ride-sharing drivers that are ‘active’ at any given time Seattle city leaders sound off on ride-sharing dilemma — who do you agree with? We’re here at City Hall along with hundreds others as the Seattle City Council’s Committee for Taxi,… Read More

Seahawks receiver Golden Tate, here wearing his GoPro during Super Bowl media, apparently doesn't want UberX to leave Seattle.

Seahawks star football players join the fight to save UberX in Seattle

First Macklemore, now the Seahawks. One day after Macklemore, the world-famous rapper and Seattle native, used his social media accounts to voice opposition against proposed regulations that could limit the number of UberX, Lyft and Sidecar drivers in Seattle to 300, it looks like some Seahawks wide receivers feel the same way. Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin, the… Read More


GeekWire Radio: Tesla expansion, ride-sharing and the politics of technology

We’ve been covering a lot of stories lately at the intersection of technology and politics, including the recent legislation impacting Tesla’s expansion in Washington state, and the ongoing debate over the regulation of Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and other alternative transportation services in Seattle. And the state Legislature is in full swing in Olympia, with a… Read More


Seattle delays vote on ride-sharing cap, council member says they need time to ‘get the decision right’

A Seattle City Council committee will delay a scheduled vote on one of the key elements in proposed regulations for ride-sharing companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar. In a message on Facebook, council member Sally Clark — Chair of the Committee for Taxi, For-hire, and Limousine Regulations — wrote: Not that anyone is paying attention to this… Read More


Seattle floats new ridesharing rules: 300 driver permits; 75 additional taxi licenses

A new ordinance from Seattle’s City Council Committee for Taxi, For-hire, and Limousine Regulations proposes to cap the number of Lyft, Sidecar and UberX drivers while increasing the number of taxicabs in Seattle. The committee, which is set to vote on the two-year pilot program Friday, just updated its ordinance and it includes a few minor changes from… Read More

Lyft co-founder John Zimmer.

Lyft co-founder to visit Seattle, rally community members as ride-sharing vote looms Friday

It’s a big week for those with interest in Seattle’s highly-debated ride-sharing situation. The City Council’s Committee for Taxi, For-hire, and Limousine Regulations will meet Friday to vote on a draft ordinance that would require ride-sharing companies, among a bevy of other rules, to obtain a $50,000 annual license to operate as a transportation network company, and have no… Read More

Rich Barton jumping in an Uber

Rich Barton: Uber made me call my mom

A month or so ago, I had dinner with a group of entrepreneurs at the Goldman Internet Conference in Vegas.  Among them was Travis Kalanick, the colorful and talented founder and CEO of Uber. Travis is a man on a mission to revolutionize how we get around, as I’m sure you’re all well aware.  I’ve been a… Read More


Uber reducing UberX prices up to 34% in 16 cities, including Seattle

If taxi companies were concerned about competition from the new ride-sharing startups, well, they probably will be a little more worried after Uber’s latest move. Today the transportation company announced that it is cutting prices for UberX — Uber’s lower-cost ride-sharing option — by up to 34 percent in 16 markets, including Seattle. “As you can… Read More


Win Seahawks playoff tickets by riding in a Lyft car

Use Lyft, win Seahawks tickets. Lyft, a ride-sharing startup best known for its drivers that rock a pick mustache on the bill of their vehicles, is attracting people to its platform with a new giveaway that includes tickets to the upcoming Seattle Seahawks playoff game on Jan. 11. Every time you use Lyft to get… Read More


Why Portland is keeping Uber out of the Rose City

If you were out ringing in the new year on Tuesday evening in Portland, Ore., finding a ride home may have been difficult: There are only 460 licensed taxis serving a city of more than a half-million residents. Uber, the San Francisco-based transportation network company that lets customers hail and pay for rides with their… Read More