SoftBank’s big bet on sharing economy backfires with coronavirus
In New York City, the co-working space of SoftBank-backed WeWork stands practically empty as tenants stay home for fear of infection
In Shanghai, drivers for the ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing have seen their pay plummet as customers avoid shared automobiles
Masayoshi Son has been among the most fervent believers in the sharing economy, investing billions in startups that help people split the use of cars, rooms and offices. But as the coronavirus curtails unnecessary human interaction, it’s hammering such businesses and rattling the foundations of Son’s SoftBank Group Corp.