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“If making $50,000 to spend on free Uber rides isn’t your thing, maybe you’d prefer to make six figures — in cash — by promoting another startup.
That’s what two seniors from the University of Southern California did, according to a story by Fusion’s Kashmir Hill.
In 2013, Myles Hunter and Ari Stiegler emailed Lyft after one of Hunter’s fraternity brothers started to recruit for Uber.
In their email, they told the company that Uber was paying its recruiters $15 a head. They told Lyft they were good at promoting, and suggested Lyft pay them $20 for every person they signed up to ride with Lyft. It worked.
Hunter and Stiegler became recruiters before Lyft even had an official recruiter program. The two young men signed up “tens of thousands” of new Lyft customers, getting paid $20 in cash (as opposed to ride credit) for every new customer.
“We gamed the system, but we didn’t screw over Lyft. We did really creative stuff that reached a lot of people,” Hunter told Fusion.
Hunter and Stiegler also posted job listings on Craigslist, advertising recruiting opportunities in other locations. Soon, the two had hundreds of recruiters in…”
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