Uber, the not so disrupting disruptor?

Given the recent news of Tesla’s remote update allowing its cars in Florida to drive further, I thought it was worth repeating this old post from Nov 2015. First, I’m glad that Tesla made the update. However, there is an issue of future privilege that has become pressing over the years and one which I believe will require urgent Government action. I’ve also covered this issue in chapter 18 of my soon to be completed book. The November post was based upon earlier writing and research that I undertook between 2014–15.

Nov 2015

A recent HBR article by Christensen on “What Is Disruptive Innovation?” states that Uber is not “genuinely disruptive” and it doesn’t fit into his hypothesis of disruptive innovation. Well, he is certainly entitled to modify it anyway he sees fit but the article does raise concerns over post event classification i.e. the original claim that the iPhone wouldn’t be disruptive followed by the article’s claim that it wasn’t in the smartphone market and it was in the PC market. I happen to agree with the basic premises of disruptive innovation though I do note that there appears to be at least two different forms of disruption — one anticipatable and the other not. That said, let us get to the point of this post which is Uber.

I like ducks, they're fowl but not through choice. RT is not an endorsement but a sign that I find a particular subject worthy of challenge and discussion.