November 12–13, 2015  •  San Francisco, CA
Lauren Smiley

Lauren Smiley
Staff Journalist, Medium

Depending on the interview, we’re either moving toward a freedom-loving worker utopia or a low-wage nightmare.

— Lauren Smiley


Lauren Smiley is a staff journalist at Medium, where she has been covering the pitched labor debate in the on-demand economy. She penned The Shut-In Economy about the emergent class of waited-upon consumers created by the burgeoning industry. She profiled the attorney suing a growing list of companies including Uber, Lyft, and Instacart in “What Strippers Can Teach Uber.” She examined how mere employment doesn’t mean quality jobs when workers are subjected to just-in-time scheduling in “Quit Your Job and Go To Work.”

Before joining Medium, Smiley was a participant in the 1099 economy herself, reporting for about the tech bus protests and rent battles, and for San Francisco Magazine on crowdfunding ethics, the city’s tech boom battles, and on-demand girlfriends in the region’s sugar baby culture.

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