Today we’ve had quite a huge discourse, but it’s less discourse and more me being told how I was wrong. Never really thought I would get my two or three tweets retweeted to create a hullabaloo. But it’s all good. I am pro-tech and pro-innovation. Something many people misunderstood.
My argument was not to justify the old school cabbies who are up in arms with the new sheriff in town, Uber, it was to make people see where these people are coming from. What they see that they feel the need to be defensive. Of course it’s a losing battle.
But this has brought forth an interesting angle, what can these people do to remain competitive? Or what can be done, even by a third party? It’s a free world, so it’s not a winner takes all scenario.
What options are available?
Startup develops a B2B solution that works just like Uber or even better, taxi owners plug in their taxis and each has a dashboard. Payments are done on the app or cash but tracked by the app, but you take your money home with you immediately. No holding your money since the startup providing this has already taken their cut for managing the transaction. We are all happy.
Old school guys remain competitive and we have a great environment where not even Uber or Easy Taxi can decide “we own the place so we charge what we want”. Free market wins. They can then white-label the solution for organized taxi companies who will also have a similar solution that faces their individual or corporate customers.
What do you think?