Lyft and Uber are quarreling like an old married couple. It’s getting viscous. It’s getting hilarious, and it’s getting me through the day.
On Monday, Lyft made a statement in which it claimed to have data showing that Uber drivers had called for and cancelled a Lyft ride. 5,000 times. That’s a bold accusation to make. These claims didn’t sit well with Uber.
Uber responded in a big fashion with three big points. First, that Lyft’s accusations were untrue. Second, that Lyft drivers actively try to recruit Uber drivers. Third, that Lyft drivers have actually called for and cancelled 12,900 Uber rides. Boom roasted.
In addition, an Uber spokeswoman wrote in an email,
A number of Lyft investors have recently been pushing Uber to acquire Lyft. One of their largest shareholders recently warned that Lyft would ‘go nuclear’ if we [Uber] do not acquire them. We can only assume that the recent Lyft attacks are part of the strategy.
Lyft, whose unaudited financials claim to show 30% growth month-over-month, responded that it is taking significant market share and reaching IPO-level revenue and its 100-plus investors are excited about the future. The start-up’s statement continued its initial claim that Uber drivers are on a company sponsored “cancel campaign.”
Uber has not yet responded. This battle must be driving the PR teams crazy. See what I did there?