The Demons Of On-Demand

TechCrunch

Are today’s on-demand and local services really about catering to the lazy rich, as as claimed, or are they about a new way to book services from local providers by satisfying demand more efficiently through the use of geolocation and advanced software that can map out where customers are, what they need and when?

I’d argue it’s likely the latter, but I also understand the criticism here.

When one’s life is easy, even the little things seem more difficult. And that’s frankly pretty offensive to those of us who know what true struggle looks like. But when your time is more valuable than your money, it’s worthwhile to pay for the help: someone to fold your laundry, clean your house, drive you around and buy your groceries.

And, of course, there are those who vilify the new suite of apps claiming they’re built by and for a sort of…

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