Last spring, after my first encounter with the Uber taxi app in Chicago, I was wowed and I told you about it here.
As I wrote back then, Uber, basically, is a quick and easy way to order a cab, a black car or a private SUV ride.
Create an account, download the app and youâ€™re good to go. Open the app and it immediately finds you and shows you the cars in your area (you can even watch your car as it makes its way to you). A driver accepts your request immediately and you see the driverâ€™s name, photo and car number. At the tap of a button you can send a text or call the driver.
A text tells you how long youâ€™ll wait and another pops up to let you know the car is arriving, in case youâ€™re waiting inside, for example.
On another trip to Chicago, I used Uber again and had the same great, hassle-free experience.
A couple days ago New York Magazine said Uber might be "more valuable than Facebook."
In the piece Kevin Roose wrote, "Uber's plan is to outgrow its car-service roots, and become, as investor Shervin Pishevar put it, 'a digital mesh' capable of providing all kinds of transportation and logistical services to people in the cities it serves. Once it has you summoning cars from your phone, the logic goes, it can use that same back-end technology to hook you in for all other kinds of deliveries â€” food, clothes, Christmas trees. And eventually, like Amazon, it can become something akin to an all-purpose utility â€” it'll just be a way you get things and go places."
Uber is in more than 30 cities in North America and in others in Europe, Asia Pacific, and South and Central America. It's in 22 countries.
Though you can't find Milwaukee on the list of city blogs on the Uber web site, such a page does, in fact, exist already, though there's not much on it ... yet.
Now, thanks to Barb Haig, Haig/Jackson Communications, I see that Uber is hiring for a position with the title "Community Manager â€“ Milwaukee," though the job will be based in Chicago.
According to the posting, "Youâ€™ll be tasked with scaling support in an innovative way at a company thatâ€™s growing like crazy and changing constantly."
Another page on the Uber site says the company is looking to run Uber in three Midwestern cities remotely, presumably from Chicago.
"Weâ€™re looking for a fearless, brilliant managers to run the Detroit, Milwaukee and Indianapolis Markets as we experiment running a city remotely."
I'm still waiting on a reply from the Uber folks and when it comes, I'll post an update. Uber Milwaukee could be a game-changer in Brew City transportation.
Its also usually cheaper than taxi, right? I used it in Denver once or twice. Would use it here in a heartbeat. Sick of being fleeced by the cab companies. Fifteen dollars to get from the east side to the ward, serious? I recall reading that our rate was in the top 20 for most expensive in the country.
Bobby Tanzilo | Dec. 11, 2013 at 1:19 p.m. (report)
You said it Photodavie, that is a key feature. I sure coulda used Uber yesterday when my car was unexpectedly in the shop.
You forgot the best part of Uber taxi! No need for cash/credit card! You set-up an account ahead of time so when you get to your destination you just get out. Instantly you will get a bill with recommended tip rates and a survey. It's how taxi travel should be.
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