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Lyft’s Values: Class is in Session

Imagine you run a cash intensive business with a large and ferocious competitor

YOU have good tech <=> THEY have good/better tech

YOU have a war chest <=> THEY have a bigger war chest

YOU have a strong brand <=> THEY have an even stronger brand,

Together you have burned through $ billions, and then… they stumble! YES! YES! YES!

Ok wait… what’s the strategy?! Do we stop and just breath? Do we try to slay the giant? Do we stall? Expand? Contract? Wha-do-we-do?! What do our values teach?

Let's see how Lyft uses values as a guide...


"The faults of our competition don't do anything to deliver a better experience for our customers"- Lyft Co-founders [4]


Lyft‘s Mission Statement:

Our mission is to reconnect people through transportation and bring communities together [1][2]

Lyft‘s Vision:

Let’s imagine you sign up for – just like you have with Spotify or Netflix – a monthly subscription to Lyft. -Lyft Co-founder and President John Zimmer.[5]

Lyft‘s Core Values:

1) Make It Happen [3]

2) Uplift Others [3]

3) Create Fearlessly [3]

4) Be Yourself [3]

Primary Source(s):

[1], Company’s Official Twitter Account tweeting to Co-Founder Logan Green (12:52 PM - 16 Mar 2015).

[2], Official Company Blog (March 11, 2015). “Accelerating the Lyft Movement”,

[3], Lyft Internal Career/Jobs Site. Training Manager Position, Last viewed July 6, 2017

Secondary Source(s):

[4], Fiegerman, Seth (June 22, 2017). “Lyft tells employees not to gloat over UBER crises”, CNN Tech. Lyft Co-founders Logan Green and John Zimmer.

[5], Etherington, Darrell (2016). “Lyft’s ambitious future vision includes self-driving dominance by 2021”, Tech

Source(s) Disclaimer:

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