Ideas are a dime a dozen… Or that time I “Invented” Uber but didn’t do anything about it.

I just opened up a text editor I have on my phone that I use to take down notes and ideas, and I found an idea for an app that I came up with, complete with monetisation strategy and everything.

I never built this app… But someone else did…

Taxi dispatch system consisting of 3 components

  1. Server component to keep track of driver locations and hires.
  2. Customer App (Android and iOS) allows customer to request a taxi. Track location of driver and pay for taxi ride.
  3. Driver component, notifies driver of jobs, tracks driver location.

Customer component will give quote for ride using distance to drive from x to y.

Customer component sends exact coordinates to driver if required and allows driver to see picture of front door.

Driver component transmits location of driver to server/customer to give estimate of how long till driver arrives.
Map integration for customer and driver.
Different version of customer software made available for each customer.

Download via QR code on receipt.

Monetization

Apps are free but 5% of hire is taken as transaction fee if paid through app.

Customisation of customer app is available at a one off cost, depending on level of customisation.

It’s not quite Uber, more “Uber as a service” to taxi firms, but still because I never built it I can just sit and wonder what would have been…

I’m Not Sure How I Missed This Review of Color

I vaugely remember Color being launched a year ago I think I may have downloaded the Android version to my phone, thought it was shit and promptly deleted it. Today I saw this review of it from a year ago that made me chuckle. I know it’s out of date, but I liked it so much that I thought I’d share it just in case anyone else hadn’t seen it.

As far as I can tell Color is still shit, and it still has a lot of bad reviews, I popped over to their home page and the interface looks an aweful lot like Pinterest’s interface… Anyway Read this and laugh:

Via Minyanvile