Thoughts on technology, start-ups, and new ideas.
Lyft is the taxi-like service that lets any person use their own car to make extra money driving people around. Zipcar is the car club that lets you pay an hourly rate to rent a car. What if Zipcar bought Lyft and launched a new service called ZipLyft? This new service would allow Zipcar to monetize unused cars by offering people the ability to become Lyft drivers and earn extra money by using Zipcars. Everyone wins! Zipcar makes incremental revenue from unused vehicles, Lyft grows their driver base, and people make extra money while increasing Lyft car availability.
What do you think? Would you be a ZipLyft driver?
Right now I can pull out my iPhone and get access to dozens of services instantly! These apps offer services for just about everything including housing, transportation, food, drinks, parking, and just about anything else you can image. I’ve outlined the apps below and challenge someone to use 10 or more in one day!
Uber – Uber is Everyone’s Private Driver™. Use the Uber app to request aprivate car in any city the service is available. The app lets your driver know precisely where to pick you up, and lets you know exactly how long until they arrive. At the end of your ride, the fare is charged to your credit card on file (no need to tip), and you receive a detailed receipt in-app and via email.
Lyft - Lyft is a sweet new on-demand ride service that’s a fraction of the cost of a cab. With our iPhone app, you can instantly request a pickup, and a safe, friendly driver will be there within minutes. We select awesome, trustworthy drivers from the community who swiftly get you to your destination (they’re background-checked AND personality-checked, too!).
Sidecar – SideCar is the first ride-matching app that instantly connects people who need rides with local, vetted drivers who are available and willing to give rides around town. Convenient, affordable, safe and fun, SideCar has facilitated over 75,000 rides!
Taxi Magic – Free electronic taxi booking nationwide with the award-winning Taxi Magic app. Taxi Magic is revolutionizing the taxi industry with the first online taxi booking service directly integrated into taxi dispatch systems, so no phone call is needed.
BlackJet – BlackJet offers guaranteed private jet seat availability and the most affordable private jet charter solution. BlackJet booking technology provides confirmed seats on private jets in 10 seconds. BlackJet private jet seat service is a perfect complement to fractional jet ownership, jet card programs and private jet charter.
Silvercar – Imagine renting a car without ever waiting in line, with the confidence that you’ll get a premium Audi A4 every time, and with a mobile app that gives you complete control over the experience. Sound interesting? From reservation to return, we’ve designed our Silvercar app and car rental process to sync with your life. Simply download the app, create a reservation and profile, exit the plane, and walk directly to your silver Audi A4. (Yes, that’s the only car in our fleet.) Then, use your iPhone to unlock your Audi A4 and get ready to drive. Once you’re in the driver’s seat, pair your iPhone using Bluetooth and download your destinations from our app to your car.
SpotHero – SpotHero Parking lets you reserve a Chicago parking spot! Compare locations and prices of the best parking lots and garages in the City, all from your iPhone. Just input an address to see all of the parking options around you. When you find the perfect spot, just make your reservation and checkout within seconds.
Task Rabbit – From grocery shopping and house cleaning, laundry and lunch delivery, your To-Do List is no match for our friendly, background-checked TaskRabbits. Outsource almost any errand to our trusted marketplace to increase your everyday productivity and get more done. TaskRabbit is available for in-person Tasks in San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, Orange County, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Austin, and San Antonio. Plus, you can post remote Tasks from anywhere.
Exec – Exec makes the world work for you. Request instant Executive Assistant help via this new app!
Postmates – Postmates’ Get It Now delivery service is the easiest way to buy almost anything from your local stores in San Francisco. Food & groceries, lunch pickup, and laundry just to name a few – have your favorite things delivered to you within one hour.
Zaarly – Zaarly is the local marketplace that helps you buy directly from amazing people near you.
GetMaid – Get Maid is an on-demand, premium maid service. Book instantly from the app and have a maid at your door within two hours. All maids are vetted for quality, background checked, bonded, and insured. Even better, it’s billed directly to your credit card, so put your cash away!
eBay Now – Introducing same-day delivery for 1000s of products from local retailers, from phone to door in as little as an hour. Need something now, but no time to run to the store? eBay Now offers same-day delivery for 1000s of items, from phone to door in as little as an hour. Just find what you want, click “Bring It,” and an eBay Now shopping valet does the rest. Shopping has never been this easy—nor has delivery ever been this fast!
Seamless – Still calling restaurants? Hang up the phone, and discover the fastest and easiest way to order food for delivery or pickup. This all-new version was recreated with ingredients based on tons of feedback from our loyal customers. Seamless is the easiest way to order food from 11,000 local restaurants in 40 cities, putting the power of cuisine choice in the palm of your hand (and hopefully on your iPhone home screen). With just a few taps, have the restaurant foods you love delivered to your door!
Rewinery – Rewinery is simply the easiest way to buy wine. Rewinery provides great wine at a really good value, delivered to wherever you are in San Francisco within an hour.
GrubTonight – Meet Awesome Strangers Over Dinner Tonight. It’s hard to find the right time, place or crowd to meet people, so we combined all of these things in a simple iPhone app. Imagine meeting the person of your dreams, making new friends or landing a new job, all over dinner…tonight. GrubTonight let’s you join group dinners with awesome people every night of the week. The dinners are casual, the people are approachable, and if you’d like, you can always bring your closest friend!
Instcart - Instacart is a brand new service that takes the hassle out of grocery shopping. Place an order with Instacart for anything you would find at the grocery store, and Instacart will deliver to your home or business in under 3 hours.
Bartab – Bartab is the fun and easy way to pre-purchase and share beer, cocktails, food and more with friends at bars and restaurants. Invite friends out by grabbing the first round and sending pre-paid items via text message, email or Facebook. Celebrate a friend’s birthday, anniversary, new job or other special occasion whether they’re in San Francisco or Washington D.C.. Choose from exclusive Bartab menu specials to save money on your favorite drink and food items.
Swifto -Swifto Dog Walking in Manhattan integrates Experienced and Certified Dog Walkers with a GPS Tracking System and higher technology to deliver an unmatchable experience for Dog Owners 24/7.
Your Mechanic - Our mechanics come to you! We connect car owners with independent certified mechanics in their local neighborhood. Not only we help you find the right mechanic, we also help you find fair price of the services, book an appointment with mechanics, pay for services and parts, and get your car fixed at the convenience of your home or office.
– Hotels & Housing —
HotelTonight – HotelTonight – Last Minute Deals on Hotels
Airbnb – Unlock the doors to inspiring and unique accommodations around the world with the Airbnb App! Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace that connects you with people who have space for rent. The award-winning Airbnb App allows everyone to list, discover, and book any of these distinctive spaces – from a private apartment to a private island – directly from your iPhone or iPod Touch.
Know of any others? Add in a comment or shoot me an email and I’ll add it to the list.
1) Built basic website – www.snackflix.com
2) Surveyed over 200 people
3) Iterated website, added a CTA (“signup”) to determine interest, and launched publicly
4) Ran $200 worth of Facebook ads
5) Analyzed results
Conclusion: The cost to acquire users from the test Facebook campaign was higher than our internal LTV projections
Idea Shelved. Moved On.
Your task is to find the one additional word that goes with the following triad of words:
Union Rabbit Cracker
(remember your answer and keep reading)
A brand-new study by scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago compared performance on insight puzzles between sober and drunk students (B.A.C of 0.075). Once the students achieved “intoxication” the scientists gave them a group of word problems – they’re known as remote associate tests – that are often solved in a moment of insight. The three words listed above is an example.
If you answered “jack” then you are correct and… perhaps drunk? According to the data, drunk students solved more of these word problems in less time. And the differences were dramatic: The alcohol made subjects nearly 30 percent more likely to find the unexpected solution. The explanation for this can to attributed to the effect alcohol has on the brain. Alcohol makes your brain hazy and limits your ability to focus. It also makes it harder to ignore random thoughts and associations thus helping your imagination.
There is a similar study that shows sleepiness and grogginess have the same effect on the brain which also makes it harder for your mind to focus thus inducing more imaginative thoughts.
Now I have to wonder if all those startups that have fridges full of beer are doing this based on scientific reasoning or if they just got lucky by filling their break rooms with bottles of liquid creativity. Cheers! Prost! Solud!
Getting sick sucks! I can assure you that 100% of the people reading this blog post agree with that statement. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when and where exposure to sickness causing germs happens but it’s likely at the workplace since that’s where people spend the majority of their day time.
A survey conducted by Staples Advantage, the business-to-business arm of office products retailer Staples Inc., found 65 percent of employees are coming to work sick. Only 80 percent are cleaning their work areas once a week or less, making any work area a potential hot zone for germs.
A survey by The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation working toward improvements in the U.S. health-care system, reports that an estimated 55 million U.S. workers annually experience reduced productivity due to illness. The study concluded that based on the responses, the workers were performing at half capacity, equaling a $260 billion economic value annually.
Now this is where ZapGerm comes in. Employers pay a monthly fee based on number of employees to get access to their own ZapGerm.com web portal and 1-800-Zap-Germ custom extension number which they share and setup for their employees. Whenever an employee is feeling sick (or they have a sick family member) they call or log into the ZapGerm portal and request a HealthBoost pack (paid for by employer) that is overnighted to their house and consists of special health remedies. On top of that the ZapGerm system notifies the janitorial staff and at night they use Saniguard sanitizer fogger which eliminates all germs (see video below). Employees can also anonymously tip off other employees who show signs of sickness who will get a notification and ask if they want the HealthBoost as well as the complete janitorial sanitation at night.
It’s a win-win! Employees are happy because they are exposed to fewer germs and get sick less and employers are happy because they get more productive workers and fewer people calling out sick.
ZapGerm is just a concept, but if it was real would you like to see this at your workplace?
Turntable.fm blew up overnight! It streams more than a million songs a day and has close to a million registered users. Not to mention the recent Facebook partnership that was announced at f8 and the $7mm funding round (more info here). With their success will now come clones, copycats, and turntable.fm for “blank” companies. The first of these have already hit the scene. Chill.com & JamCloud have already been called the “Turntable for video” and I’m sure more of these will launch shortly.
The Turntable.fm recipe for success:
1 part Facebook Integration
1 part Entertainment
1 part Avatar
1 part Community
1 part Gaming Mechanics
1 part User Generated Content
Here are a few ideas of sites that I think will emerge in the coming months:
Turntable for Reading
Turntable for Live Music
Turntable for Games
Turntable for Flash Sales
Turntable for Wall Street
Turntable for Podcasts
Turntable for Cable TV
I find myself bored these days watching cable TV. While I only watch cable once or twice a week, the experience isn’t very interactive and most of the time I’ve got a laptop or iPhone in my hand. Things are about to change…
Imagine playing a game on your iPhone/Android that interacts with the TV show you are watching.
Imagine watching a cooking show and with a click of a button the recipe prints and the grocery list appears on your phone.
Imagine facial recognition software on your iPhone that’s used as a child lock for you TV.
Imagine watching a TV commercial and clicking a button on your remote and your cell phone rings and connects you to the number on the screen.
Imagine channel surfing by using the motion sensors on your iPhone like shaking or tilting your phone.
Now stop imagining because this is a reality. Samsung just launched a new TV/Mobile App contest (www.freethetvchallenge.com) giving away $225K for the best new apps and WE are going to win! More details and links to come…
Earthquakes are shaking up the news right now. East coast, west coast, worldwide… everywhere. Are you ready for the next BIG quake?
Earthquake kits/packs are nothing new. They’ve been sold for decades and come with random things like batteries, light sticks, NASA space food, and more. I looked into them a few days ago and they sell for $40-$150 depending on what kind of earthquake pack you want and what you want in it. I thought to myself, is it worth dropping $50 bucks right now for it?
BOOM.. then I thought of the idea for EarthquakePacks.com. The idea is a simple e-commerce website where you can get an earthquake pack for as low as $4 a month for a single pack. Double packs and family packs cost more, but are still a very low monthly fee.
Do you think that more people would prepare themselves with earthquake packs if the cost to get one was only $4? Would you signup for EarthquakePacks.com?
Mmmmm… waffles, so tasty and so good. I love waffles but seem to never have them when I crave them most. Yea I could go to the store and buy them, but wouldn’t it be great if you could pay a small monthly fee and get the worlds best waffles delivered to your doorstep twice a monthly?
“Have no fear… WafflerHero is here!”
WaffleHero.com is a simple idea – $20 a month gets you the worlds best frozen waffles delivered to your door twice a month. Netflix revolutionized the movie rental industry and WaffleHero will do the same for the waffle industry. The frozen waffle industry is a $500+ million dollar per year industry (source) with Eggo waffles representing a whopping 73% market share (source). Similar to other SaaS models, WaffleHero is the first and only WaaS or Waffle-as-a-Service pricing model. The new service is sure to be a big hit with college students and waffles lovers all over the world.
So.. the question is, would you signup for the service?
Hi, I'm Kris Rudeegraap
I live in San Francisco, CA
eCommerce, payment processing, branding, group buying, idea generation, social gaming, email and SMS, gaming mechanics, seo, crm, project management, community evangelism, tech events, virality, new-product introduction, social media, outsourcing, professional networking, raising capital, start-ups, market research, trend spotting, strategy and business development, creative marketing, sales, and problem solving.
"Anyone who thinks the sky is the limit has limited imagination."