RUN TNC Podcast

By RUN TNC Rideshare Podcast

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RUN TNC is a podcast featuring four long time Lyft and Uber drivers. We share funny stories about life behind the wheel and the ups and downs of the rideshare industry. The podcast features tips, secrets, confessions, and strategies for the newbies-- with a fair share of rants and/or road rage for the old timers. Each episode is a revealing, informative, and hilarious conversation that merges business and comedy.
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Feb. 12, 2016
In this week’s episode, Lyft tells L.A drivers to drive North to make money during the “Superb Owl”, barbecues and protests apparently go well together, Boston passengers get weird in Kris’ Creepy Craigslist Connections and Story Time with Fallon comes from one of our fans! Also in this week’s episode… Everyone thought the Big Game and protest was going to be amazing but, JK -nope! Prime Time can’t be trusted Rideshare drivers are turning into bandit cabs And who tried to jump out of a moving vehicle??   As usual, we always look forward to feedback, comments, and 5 star ratings so we don’t get off boarded. Comment below!
Feb. 7, 2016
In this week’s episode Jeffrey is STILL in China, Jose only rates 5-3-1, Fallon thinks we’re all cabbies, Christian comments on the looming protests, Kris talks Uber AM surge, and no one thinks rideshare drivers are educating themselves- like at all. Also in this week’s episode… Jose is an asshole Kris’ Kreepy Craigslist Connections goes to LA Christian says, wanna help the protest? Take a day off Fallon defines cisgender and what that means to her   As usual, we always look forward to feedback, comments, and 5 star ratings so we don’t get off boarded. Comment below!
Jan. 29, 2016
In this week’s episode, the gang goes at it again with the price cuts, Lyft gives drivers twelve million bucks, no more water for inconsiderate passengers, and where the heck is Jeffrey? Also in this week’s episode… Producer Jose gets behind the mic and talks about the “Jose Challenge” Christian pays way too much for Lyft Lines than he should Kris’ Kreepy Craigslist Connections, The Big Apple Edition (NSFW) Fallon and her 5-star reflex Weekly Feedback gets a jingle   As usual, we always look forward to feedback, comments, and 5 star ratings so we don’t get off boarded. Comment below!
Jan. 23, 2016
In episode 003 of RUN TNC, the ex Taco Bell exec comes back for a sequel, someone is allergic to air freshener, everyone hates passenger ass sweat, and Christian’s dog ate his phone mount. Also in this week’s episode… Kris (with a K) gets his own segment Jeffrey waxes poetically about cleanliness Which passenger would you leave out in the rain? Fallon cuts her rates resulting in 13% more Storytime with Fallon
Jan. 19, 2016
Since it’s inception, Lyft has done an amazing job developing brand loyalty by creating a fun culture for both drivers and passengers. Today the running joke amongst drivers is that Uber is considered “the dark side” when Lyft began to market itself as the more friendly option: after all, Lyft is “your friend with a car”. Lyft drivers were encouraged to greet passengers with a fist bump and pimp out their cars with the giant wacky pink mustache. As a consumer, Lyft was a very attractive option in comparison to the taxi industry. It was touted that drivers got paid 100% of their earnings during “power hours” and the service was not only faster and reliable, but the consensus was that the person driving you was paid out fairly. Ridesharing when first introduced was a millennial dream! The taxi industry was like McDonald’s, outdated and unhealthy. Lyft was fresh and organic like Chipotle who promotes from within. Since 2014, everything has changed. Drivers in most markets have seen close to five price cuts. The following screenshots are from my own earning summaries in the San Francisco market. Ride from 03/07/2014, San Francisco Lyft Market Ride from 01/17/2016, San Francisco Lyft Market Its important to note that pre-tip, the ride earnings from the most recent screenshot are actually 13.16. The ride was also an additional 5 minutes longer, which at the recent price drop to .23 a minute, adds $1.15. After all the calculations, the earnings after the price cuts is $12.01. That is a decrease of roughly $8 from two years ago. A 6.7 mile ride at 25 mins, used to cost $25, now $15.27 Unfortunately, the only recurring expense that has changed is the price of gas, but wear and tear, depreciation of a car’s value, and maintenance costs have not decreased. Drivers are operating at a loss. Whether they are aware of it or not is a different question. Lyft’s price cut is immediately on the tail of Uber’s new pricing. It is remarkable how reactionary Lyft is to its competitor. Uber has gained a sour reputation for how it treats most of their drivers so why is Lyft reacting in the same way? Companies should thrive to be industry leaders, but instead Lyft is playing catch up to Uber’s antics, devaluating its product and service along the way. At rates of $0.88 per mile in Los Angeles, $0.71 in Fresno and $0.7o per mile in Detroit, is obvious that the bottom line has been met. These companies have been negligent towards the most important cog to their business: the driver. Without the driver, there is no business. Unfortunately over the past 6 months to a year, its generally understood that the nickel and dimeing has made it more difficult for drivers to meet their goals, to pay their bills and to fix their cars. Lyft spamming Twitter, wanting everyone to do a Happy Dance at the expense of drivers The most worrisome part is the reaction of a few loyal Lyft drivers. Their obtuse views of how well the company treats them despite the constant beating is not only shocking but decelerates the growth of the community. After several price cuts, glitches within the app that affect earnings, and weak driver and consumer support, drivers who stay loyal to Lyft aren’t victims of blind faith but rather, co-dependency. The argument that any driver is free to turn off the app is condescending and insensitive to the thousands of drivers whose livelihood depend on their cars. Drivers, encouraged by Uber’s leasing program and Lyft’s Power Driver Bonus guarantee, made an investment that at some point had great returns. Unfortunately, decisions made in the main office of both these companies devalues the status of “independent contractor” who has a say in his own work. How to move forward? As producer of RUN TUNC, I’m not trying to rally up the troops for a protest (though if there was one I would peacefully stand in support). Instead, drivers should evaluate when to stand together; it’s in everyone’s best interest to do so. Of course regulation brings bureaucracy, but there comes a time in every company’s existance when that needs to be introduced. Lyft and Uber have both grown so big that their experiments no longer affect only a small group of followers– it affects thousands of people who’s livelihoods are at stake. There is a strong sentiment of lost and uncertainty invading the driver Facebook lounges and driver communities all over the country. Ultimately, if neither of these companies recognizes that without being able to pay drivers livable wages, they will lose faith in the company, faith in the mission, and will drive them off the road. Jose Vivanco, Producer  
Jan. 16, 2016
This week, in the second episode of RUN TNC, we say goodbye to a fellow driver killed on the job, discuss where our bottom price falls, dashcams, Jeffrey gets in an accident, we issue a threat to Steven Colbert, and Weekly Feedback (Civil War style.) The GoFundMe page for Thor Anderson can be found here. Also on this week’s podcast, Fallon is super excited to announce her new dashcam. She mentions some resources. Here is a comprehensive guide. For those too lazy to read the WHOLE article, like Fallon… Here’s a bullet list of what to look for in a dashcam: Micro SD Continuous Recording Auto ON/OFF Collision detection (G Force) Day AND night recording Also in this week’s episode… That Game that Shan’t Be Named Crackheads Christian considers becoming the “pink zebra Lyft” Robot cars and a whole lot of speculation NOTE: This episode was recorded before Lyft dropped their prices in response to Uber’s price cut. Subscribe to our newsletter to get our reaction in our upcoming minicast.  
Jan. 6, 2016
In the premier episode of RUN TNC, we introduce the gang and get right into Sidecar’s inevitable obituary, Destination Filter pros and cons, new Passenger app updates, and the constant Facebook Group Negative Nancys. Also in this episode… “I’ll beat the pants ONTO you!” “I’m 1/4 Choctaw.” “I drive an Acura TL Type S- it has a lot of horsepower! …It’s- it’s… a 2002.”  
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