September 9, 2013 | News, Press Releases

The Internet Association Welcomes Uber Technologies, Inc.

 

INNOVATIVE APP COMPANY JOINS THE  UNIFIED VOICE OF THE INTERNET ECONOMY

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.The Internet Association, the unified voice of the Internet economy, is pleased to announce that Uber has joined its growing membership alongside global industry leaders such as Airbnb, Amazon.com, AOL, ebay, Expedia, Facebook, Gilt, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Path, Practice Fusion, Rackspace, reddit, salesforce.com, SurveyMonkey, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, and Zynga.

Uber Technologies Inc., headquartered in San Francisco, is an innovative ride-for-hire app that connects riders with a range of on-demand transportation options. The interactive online platform operates in 42 cities worldwide. Launched in 2010, Uber is one of the fastest growing start-ups in the country, harnessing technology to expand consumer choice in transportation.

“The Internet Association is proud to welcome Uber Technologies as an innovative member of our association,” said Michael Beckerman, The Internet Association President and CEO. “Uber’s Internet enabled platform revolutionized urban transportation options for riders, drivers and cities across the world. The Internet’s low-barrier to entry has empowered entrepreneurial companies like Uber to transform industries across economic sectors and enhance consumer choice. Uber showcases what an innovative company can do to promote competition and drive economic growth and job creation. We are happy to have them join our voice as we fight to bring down short-sighted barriers that deter innovative progress.”

Media Contacts –
Betsy Barrett
Email: betsy@internetassociation.org
Location: Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 997-3266

Nairi Hourdajian
Email: nairi@uber.com
Location: San Francisco, CA
Phone: (408) 666-1600

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“The New York Attorney General’s government-sponsored fishing expedition targeting Airbnb is unwarranted, unjust, and is unfairly harming ordinary New Yorkers. Airbnb generates positive economic returns for cities around the world, adds millions of dollars to local economies, and brings more people to New York. Airbnb should be welcomed by business and government leaders hungry for a boost in local tourism, not pushed out by politicians seeking to protect incumbents and special interests.”

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