When done right, software is far more profitable than any product manufactured from physical materials: Once you’ve built your app or program, you can copy it an infinite number of times at no additional cost, whereas running real-world widgets off a production line will always cost you a certain amount per unit. Sure, you need data centers to hold customer data, and customer-service people to deal with bugs—but those costs are nothing compared to the resources and employees needed to run physical infrastructure. There’s a reason why Facebook has just over 7,000 employees, while car manufacturer Ford has 181,000.Click here to find app developer jobs. That economy of scale is one reason why many tech companies have proven so profitable over the past few decades. But for the latest generation of “disruptive” apps such as Uber and Lyft, a deep reliance on real-world infrastructure may wreck that old, reliable framework. As Marcus Wohlsen recently explained in Wired, these new apps use software to milk greater efficiencies from older business models such as car services or local delivery, which requires drivers—lots of drivers.
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