The night before Lyft went public as a company back in March, I used an app to hail a ride in San Jose, California. I asked the driver, Joseph, about his job. He was a single dad with four kids. He started driving five or six years ago to supplement a part-time job and, at first, he was making good money.
Back then, Joseph figured, if he quit his job and instead drove 60 hours a week, he could make almost US$2,000 before expenses and taxes. So, he started driving full time.