Building a Driver-Owned Alternative to Uber and Lyft

Jason Prado, Head of Product at the Drivers Cooperative, is bridging the gap between labor and capital

You can watch this episode on YouTube or listen to Means of Creation on your podcast app of choice.

In an increasingly platform-mediated world, platforms have outsized control over their participants—whether that’s app developers in the creator economy, or rideshare drivers in the gig economy. We’ve been trying to understand how this can be changed for the better—how platform participants can be made rightful stakeholders; bridging the gap between labor and capital. Our guest today, Jason Prado, is at the forefront of that effort.

Jason is the Head of Product for The Drivers Cooperative, a driver-owned ride sharing platform based in New York. The Cooperative is a worker-owned alternative to traditional ridesharing platforms like Uber and Lyft. Jason joined the Cooperative after working for big tech companies like Facebook and realizing that his interests as a worker were not aligned with his employers. 

The Drivers Cooperative now has over 3,500 drivers and 30,000 users on its platform, and has garnered vocal support from prominent political figures like AOC. Our conversation with Jason dives into the history of the labor movement, the ideological shift that made him leave big tech and join the Cooperative, and what collective action looks like in today’s platform dominated creator and gig economies. 

We also discuss: 

  • How The Drivers Cooperative came into being 
  • The challenges of running a participant-owned business 
  • How Web3 could potentially solve these challenges

We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did!



Listen in your Podcast App

This is a podcast episode. To listen, add Means of Creation to your podcast app of choice!

Add to Podcast App

Like this?
Become a subscriber.

Subscribe →

Or, learn more.

Read this next:

Means of Creation

Passion Economy News #3: TikTok’s Creator Fund, Amazon Explore, The Edtech Explosion, and More

Read to the end for why Warner Music Group paid $85m for a meme-making company

20 Oct 6, 2020 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

Means of Creation

Unpacking The David Dobrik Controversy

Also: OnlyFans is launching a creative fund for musicians, #BookTok is leading to a resurgence in book sales, and more

18 Mar 27, 2021 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

Means of Creation

Twitter Acquires Revue

Also in this week’s roundup: Clubhouse’s $1b valuation, a16z’s new media property, Forbes’s new deal for writers, and Instagram’s plan to keep up with TikTok.

15 Jan 27, 2021 by Li Jin and Nathan Baschez

So You Want to Launch a Physical Product

What I learned building an eight-figure candle business

81 May 16, 2022 by Ajay Mehta

Means of Creation

A Theory of Justice for Web3

Web3 Is Our Chance to Make a Better Internet

15 May 17, 2022 by Li Jin and Katie Parrott

Comments

You need to login before you can comment.
Don't have an account? Sign up!

Thanks for reading Every!

Sign up for our daily email featuring the most interesting thinking (and thinkers) in tech.

Subscribe

Already a subscriber? Login