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How you and you and you can topple Uber!

TwoFiddyMile

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First off, I am a subversive at heart.
I make no bones about being pro cab, anti Uber.
Here's a great subversive idea to topple the giant:
1) Get livery plates, livery insurance.
The name of this type of licensing differs from state to state but it's essentially the licensing which was designed for car services/luxury sedans.
2) DON'T INFORM UBER ABOUT THIS CHANGE!
Keep your UberX status and fly under their radar.
3) get a decent business card and when you get "that client", make the sales pitch to your new licensed business.
Many pax are dissatisfied with the status quo. Not most, probably about 17%. This 17% will be open to becoming part of your client base.

If we could get 23% of UberXers to follow this subversion, Travis would lose a significant part of his customer base.
4) this is the final step, watch for it...
Network with each other and create your own licensed app!
23% of UberX creating a rival business with licensing requirements and rate stabilization? ??

This is a pie in the sky solution. However, it could work. There is success in a movement which has support in numbers.
Lennon and Ghandi would approve.
 

TimFromMA

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People use Uber because it's cheap, easy and convenient. Uber's business model is great for riders. Customers get a cheap convenient ride at the expense of naive drivers who have no real business sense. From a rider's perspective, Uber is great. It offers a ride when and where they need it for alot less that other car for hire services. Dethroning Uber will be exceptionally difficult. They already charge so little that most drivers make below minimum wage on a good day so you really can't undercut them price wise. You need to find something you can offer the customers that they would be willing to pay extra for that also enables the drivers to make decent pay as well. A very tall order if you ask me.
 

vesolehome

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Why is that 17% dissatisfied with Uber? Because they can't get a ride? Have a bad driver? Let's say they join your network. You better be there at their beck and call when they need you or they'll drop you and be back to Uber because it's less expensive. You would need to charge more than Uber for your idea to work. So people would have to pay more to have you waiting for them.
 

TwoFiddyMile

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Let's clarify:
I'm not trying to start another company.
Been there, done that, wrote the pamphlet.

This is a way to take down the giant, steal some of their clientelle, finally be legal regardless of Uber, and make a decent living.
I have absolutely nothing to sell, I'm dead broke and have no capital to start another steartup.

Concepts like this aren't going to be for everyone :smiles:
 

William1964

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Just like the Roman Empire over will take down itself it might be through government action the action would be taken because you failed to follow proper procedure
 

Tim In Cleveland

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You will be showing up to each pickup with the wrong plates on your car. How long will it be before a pax reports this to Uber?
 

renbutler

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How about you just do your own thing and leave Uber who those who like it?

I'm all for doing what you need to be successful. But I'm 100% opposed to stepping on others -- small or large -- to accomplish it.
 

stuber

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Let's clarify:
I'm not trying to start another company.
Been there, done that, wrote the pamphlet.

This is a way to take down the giant, steal some of their clientelle, finally be legal regardless of Uber, and make a decent living.
I have absolutely nothing to sell, I'm dead broke and have no capital to start another steartup.

Concepts like this aren't going to be for everyone :smiles:
Hell..stealing clients was my entire reason for being signed up with UBER.

As to your hypothetical strategy, well...I agree, in theory. But getting drivers to collectively do anything is tough. You're talking about herding cats.
 

TwoFiddyMile

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How about you just do your own thing and leave Uber who those who like it?

I'm all for doing what you need to be successful. But I'm 100% opposed to stepping on others -- small or large -- to accomplish it.
I'm more of a Conan folower:
"Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women".
The barbarian, of course.
 

TwoFiddyMile

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Make no bones about it.
Uber is my enemy. My tiny cab company was doing well before Uber. I treated our clients well.
First the college business went away, then everything else started to die on the vine.
I sold at half price.
Ghandi took down The British Empire and Northern Ireland simply by teaching people how to sit down and be a physical peaceful barrier.
I'm no Ghandi, but I'll leave you with this little piece of Libertarian trivia.

Who is John Galt?
 

Renaldow

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If you want to topple Microsoft all you have to do is go out there with some friends, design and build an operating system for PCs, phones and tablets, then build a kick-ass video game console. All you need is a little gumption and a little time. Anyone can do it.
 

TwoFiddyMile

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Microsoft did things legally.
Not sure you realize apples and oranges are different.
 

TwoFiddyMile

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On a side note, I went ballistic on a musician forum I moderate on.
The meltdown was limited to an admin group of 5 mods and the owner.
Called another mod out on his hypocritical behavior. We rotate annually.
Has nothing to do with my OP, but needed to vent in an area where there's no conflict of interest.
Sorry for the rant.
 

renbutler

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Make no bones about it.
Uber is my enemy. My tiny cab company was doing well before Uber. I treated our clients well.
First the college business went away, then everything else started to die on the vine.
I sold at half price.
Somebody found a better way to do it. That's capitalism at its best.

Sorry that happened. I'm having similar difficulty getting a freelance writer/editing career off the ground, but I don't blame all the other writers/editors for my lack of early success.
 

TwoFiddyMile

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Somebody found a better way to do it. That's capitalism at its best.

Sorry that happened. I'm having similar difficulty getting a freelance writer/editing career off the ground, but I don't blame all the other writers/editors for my lack of early success.
Writing doesn't have licensing issues.

I'm not wallowing in it, I sold the cab company and rolled 40% of the buyout into my mortgage.
 

TwoFiddyMile

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Meh, Lennon's overrated. Encouraging his listeners to "imagine no possessions" in a song which he wrote while he was in residence at his English country estate. Priceless!
Yeah, I'm not into the socialism that the lennons and ghandis advocated.
I was referencing them as catalysts for change.
 

Scenicruiser

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Somebody found a better way to do it. That's capitalism at its best.

Sorry that happened. I'm having similar difficulty getting a freelance writer/editing career off the ground, but I don't blame all the other writers/editors for my lack of early success.
maybe there is room for improvement over ubers service. They don't seem to be improving as of late...unless uber eats takes off
 
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