car service

Speed Bumps

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Every new idea will hit a few speed bumps.

“I think what happens is when somebody innovative comes in and they shake the tree a little bit, the tree sometimes starts talking back and gets a little bit upset.”

Travis Kalanick is CEO and co-founder of San Francisco based Uber. An on demand car service app that picks you up at the push of a button. Now it's in most major cities around the world. But not everyone is rolling out the welcome mat. In some cities including Washington DC, New York and San Francisco Uber has been met with changing regulations and lawsuits. Challenges Kalanick says they are more than ready to face.  read more »

Uber

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There's nothing wrong with a little competition; especially if you come out on top.

Uber is a San Francisco based company that picks people up in a cab, town car or limo with the push of a button. Now the service is available in cities all over the world. I recently spoke with CEO Travis Kalanick about similar companies popping up. He says there are about four or five guys in different cities trying to top his idea; and he's alright with that.

“I’m a competitor though, I’m intended on winning, we got a little bit of a head start but i think ultimately it makes the product and service better, it makes the customers happier.”

Uber also competes with existing cab companies; something he says works well for customers.  read more »

Going the Distance

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Sometimes a good idea; can really go the distance.

“My co-founder and I live in San Francisco and before Uber it was almost impossible to get a ride. And so we just wanted to push a button and get a ride and we wanted it to be a classy ride.”

Travis Kalanick is CEO and co-founder of San Francisco based Uber. Once he and his partner decided they wanted a town car at their fingertips they developed an app. First they wanted to keep it exclusive so Kalanick locked it with a special code. But once his inbox was flooded with requests they opened the app to everyone; and Uber was born.  read more »

An Uber Ride

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Need a ride? There's an app for that; but it's hitting a few roadblocks.

In 2009 Uber launched; it's a website that allows you to input your location, select a vehicle and within minutes a car or cab is pulling up to pick you up. You can even track your car through GPS which also allows the company to find you. I just tried it out in New York City and it did work as advertised; my driver agrees.

“Believe me this is the first time somebody's gonna become billionaire from the taxi business and I put my money where my mouth is. I'm sure it's gonna happen.”  read more »