If it works in NYC
You can make it work anywhere
It was his attempt to fix the awful San Francisco experience of getting a cab.
When I first saw it, I thought it was neat and was excited to try it on my next trip to SF.
However, I was quick to tell Garrett it was not gonna work in NYC. I even suggested a friendly bet to convince him I was right. I bet him that when we went outside an available taxi would drive by. When we parted ways and went outside, low and behold, a yellow cab with its availability light on,drove by on Elizabeth & Houston.
At the time I was blinded by the efficiencies of NYC, to see the world any other way.
Now, I have a different world view.
You may be familiar with the New York adage, if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.
My new outlook is similar:
If it works in New York, you can make it work anywhere.
It has taken NYC over a hundred years and billions of dollars to get to be the efficient market that it is today.
With the power of technology you can create the same efficiencies in just a few years.
The beauty of technology is that even if something is efficient you can always make it slightly better and have a great impact. Heck, on my last trip to NYC I spent over $200 with Uber.
Oh, how I wish I had lost that bet.