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September 11, 2015

TaxiTapp Helps Cab Companies Compete With Uber Using Free Mobile Apps

Over the last few years, services like Uber and Lyft have disrupted the transportation industry, leaving many traditional cab companies in the dust because they’ve failed to adapt to the mobile-centric world of 2015. But it’s not too late.

TaxiTapp is a mobile taxi booking platform that aims to improve the passenger experience and help cab companies better compete with Uber. It’s more important than ever for taxi drivers and fleets to have a mobile presence, and TaxiTapp provides just that.

When users open the TaxiTapp app, they can choose the cheapest, nearest, or highest rated taxi in the area and see an estimated fare before summoning a driver. [...]

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December 9, 2014

VentureBreak Weekly #62: Uber

Uber, Narrative Clip, Bop.fm, Apple’s best iOS apps, what constitutes a video view on Facebook, and T-Mobile’s new unlimited 4G LTE data plan.

Panel: Brad Merrill, Will Reynolds Young

Show Notes Uber Raises $1.2 Billion, Vows To Refine Company Culture Uber banned in Spain & Thailand, sued in Portland, hassled in Rio Narrative Clip https://bop.fm/ These are the best iPhone and iPad apps of the year, according to Apple 3 seconds of continuous viewing constitutes a video view on Facebook T-Mobile Announces New Unlimited 4G LTE Data Plan With 2 Lines for $100

The VentureBreak Weekly theme music is courtesy of Derek K. Miller.

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December 4, 2014

Uber Raises $1.2 Billion, Vows To Refine Company Culture

After quite an eventful month, Uber is raising another $1.2 billion in funding, bringing the total to more than $2 billion to date.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced the financing in a blog post, noting that the company is six times larger than it was just one year ago.

While he didn’t mention a valuation figure, the company is now valued at $40 billion.

Uber plans to use the $1.2 billion to create more than 1 million jobs in 2015 and to “make significant investments, particularly in the Asia Pacific region.”

In his blog post, Kalanick briefly acknowledged the publicity shitstorm that came from Senior VP Emil Michael’s suggestion [...]

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November 17, 2014

WTF: Uber's Senior VP Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists Who Criticize The Company

According to a huge story by BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith, a senior executive at Uber suggested that the company should hire a team of “opposition researchers” to dig up dirt on journalists who cover Uber in a negative light.

Senior vice president Emil Michael, who has worked at Uber for more than a year, pitched the idea at a dinner at Manhattan’s Waverly Inn, with several New York influencers—including actor Ed Norton and publisher Arianna Huffington—in attendance. The dinner was hosted by Ian Osborne, a former adviser to British Prime Minister David Cameron and consultant to the company.

During dinner, Michael outlined the idea of spending [...]

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October 27, 2014

VentureBreak Weekly #59: Down With Apple Pay

CurrentC, Shuddle, Ello’s VC round, better broadband, Google Inbox, and nine of the biggest mess-ups in tech history.

Panel: Brad Merrill, Will Reynolds Young

Show Notes Brad Merrill on Startup Diary CurrentC Is The Big Retailers’ Clunky Attempt To Kill Apple Pay And Credit Card Fees Uber for kids: Shuddle wants to shuttle your children Ello Raises $5.5 Million For Ad-Free Social Network Fed up, US cities take steps to build better broadband Google unveils “Inbox” as combined toolset for mail, calendars, tasks 9 of the Biggest Mess Ups in Tech History

The VentureBreak Weekly theme music is courtesy of Derek K. Miller.

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July 21, 2014

VentureBreak Weekly #51: Ride Sharing Social Robots

Will Reynolds Young joins Brad Merrill to talk about Facebook’s Oculus acquisition (which is now official), JIBO (“the world’s first family robot”), Jobr, the correlation between Uber usage and DUI busts, Priceline’s terrible customer service, and Cyber Dust.

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Panel: Brad Merrill, Will Reynolds Young

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Show Notes Facebook’s $2 Billion Acquisition Of Oculus Closes, Now Official Jibo Social robots can put us [...]
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March 18, 2014

VentureBreak Weekly #37: Pimpin' Selfies

Newsweek is dying its final death, Keurig is screwing companies and consumers, changes to Apple’s iOS lineup, selfies, Uber insurance, Airpnp, Trippy, communities, and bringing “sight” to the vision impaired.

Hosts: Brad Merrill, William Reynolds Young

Technical Producer: Brad Merrill

Show Notes

Newsweek Just Dug Its Grave With The Help Of Leah McGrath Goodman

Keurig Insists Coffee DRM Brings ‘Interactive-Enabled Benefits’ And Is For Your Own Safety

Apple Resurrects The iPad 4, Retires The iPad 2, Launches 8GB iPhone 5c

Apple’s iOS App Store Highlights The Selfie

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March 14, 2014

Uber Offers Insurance For Its U.S. Drivers To Cover Their Passenger-Less "Insurance Gap"

Today Uber made a key move to offer more assurance and support to its drivers, and to passengers who use its mobile-app-based car service: it will start to offer insurance to its drivers to extend their own personal coverage, aimed particularly at times when there are no passengers in their cars.

The aim, the company writes, is to cover any “insurance gap” that might arise—an issue that became a focus after an accident in San Francisco on new Year’s Eve highlighted the fact that drivers who are not riding with a passenger in their care, but are available for hire, are still effectively on Uber time.

The move follows an announcement of a similar move by [...]

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