Uber was founded in 2009, in the immediate aftermath of the worst financial crisis in a generation. As the ride-sharing app has risen, so too have income disparity and wealth inequality in the United States as a whole and in San Francisco in particular

Leo Mirani, arguing for Quartz that Uber’s success lies in wealth inequality. He talks about his youth in Mumbai where he could have a single can of coke delivered to his doorstep, long before Uber for X startups existed.

The same is true for many poor countries, including Lebanon.