Via Quartz (one of my favorite new reads!):
If you knew you were going out on a certain holiday night, you could bid for a future Uber ride—a FUber, if you will—based on a given hypothetical distance and surge factor, to guarantee yourself a spot in a car that evening.
That's a cool idea. Lock in a hedge to the Uber price. Maybe you pay regardless of whether you take the trip or not.
As much negative press as Uber's getting about surge pricing, I don't actually think it's bad for them. But rather, it's good for them. Their target demo gets supply vs. demand. I'd be willing to be that their core ridership isn't upset about it at all. It's everyone else -- people who use Uber occasionally or people who don't get economics that are pissed. And that press is great for Uber.
Uber's main goal is to always have a ride available -- not to have the lowest... or in some cases, even a reasonable... fare. If you want a cheaper price, go wait out in the rain for a taxi!
This post was written in 2004, when I was still running the real estate company:
Most of you know I run a real estate company, DROdio Real Estate, Inc. which is a technologically progressive firm. For about 2 years now I've been hearing about blogs, but I never really understood their power until the last month or so.
If you're anything like me, you have probably heard the buzzword "blog" a lot, but you might be wondering how an "online diary" could be useful in the business world.
First off, a word about what it takes to write a really good blog. You can't be in the game for a week or a month. You have to be ready to consistently write really good blog postings for at least 6 months, and probably longer. I'd guess you need about 100 to 200 blog postings before you'll see any kind of ROI on your time investment. If you can write 500+ blog postings, you'll be getting to where you need to be.I see two major benefits of blogs:
Let me show you some examples:
If you ordered a book, it will be shipped tomorrow morning. If you didn't order one, then you can buy them on Amazon now. Thanks a lot to everyone who ordered,I hope you enjoy your book!
Here's a picture I took before packaging them up (and spending forever signing them and writing on the envelopes).