If it works in NYC

You can make it work anywhere

A couple of years ago when I was living in NYC my buddy Garrett Camp was in town and showed me a new app he built called Ubercab.

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.

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