1. Entrepreneurial, rockstar engineer needed. Ground floor opportunity with amazing advisors & team.

    Hello, we are UberCab, a San Francisco startup with big ambitions to re-engineer the transportation industry with mobile location based services & applications. We’re looking for a developer who is Uber enough to help us take on that challenge.

    The ugly reality in the car services business is that if you need a ride to be on demand, you’re screwed. Your option is a taxi that you can’t find, is unreliable if you try to call, and takes too long if and when it actually arrives. In many cities across America, when you need a taxi, you come to terms with the possibility of being stranded. This industry is technologically challenged, and has been propped up by a corrupt partnership between Taxi companies and local governments. This pain is our Uber opportunity!

    We’ve created a system that will revolutionize the way city-dwellers will get from point A to B. Through a coordinated network of mobile devices we’re providing real-time booking and billing and immediate automated dispatch. No more concern about whether or not your driver arrives or how long it will take. Now you can request, monitor, and pay with complete ease and confidence.

    Currently, the platform is in Alpha and we have a few cars on the road, but we need killer tech-talent to blow it out to hundreds of cities and 10’s of thousands of cars around the world. We’re hoping you see a game changer here, we certainly do.

    We’re looking for a jack-of-all-trades, a passionate technologist who isn’t afraid of new technologies or new challenges. We want someone who works hard because they enjoy their work and thrives on new challenges. We’re building a complex location based service where pricing, analytics and logistics algorithms that you create will be coordinating billions of dollars in transportation assets, i.e. cars :) 

    Ideally you’re excited to get your hands in all parts of the system, from mobile app development (iPhone, Android, BBerry, SMS), to backend scaling of location awareness and analytics. You’re an all-important hire for us as you’ll be one of our first full-time developers, which means a significant stake in our success and a ground floor opportunity in a San Francisco startup.

    Most application processes suck as bad as the car services industry so we won’t ask you to submit a resume or tell us what kitchen appliance you most resemble (yes, I got that one once). Just answer honestly the questions below and I’ll personally be responding the same day.

    1.    What kinds of technology-related side projects or hobbies are you working on?

    2.    What’s your coding background? Why did you start and where has it taken you? 

    3.    What languages/tools are you expert or competent in?  What languages/tools would you like to get to know better?

    4.    Give an example of the hardest bit of debugging you’ve had to do, perhaps where it took hours / days to solve a non-obvious problem.  What approaches did you use?  What eventually led to the fix?

    5.    What, in your opinion, is the purpose of code documentation, and what constitutes good documentation, in your opinion?

    6.    What’s the difference between <?php  ?> and <? phpinfo(); ?> and <?= ?>

    7.    Given an unsorted array of 5 integers, how would you find the largest value?

    8.    Explain the difference between an abstract class and an interface (in PHP or otherwise).  

    9.    What’s the coolest tech project you’ve worked on, and what was your role and responsibility on it?

    10. Tell us your most frustrating, adventurous, or wacky experience getting or riding in a cab. LOLz get bonus points.

    We believe whole-heartedly that in hiring it’s talent first, then we work out the details. So if UberCab sounds interesting to you and you think you’re the right fit for us, please reach out, and you’ll be hearing from me.

    Cheers,

    Ryan

    ryan@ubercab.com

     

    tags:  jobs  baller opportunity  badasses only 

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  2. UberCab meet iPad.
We are super excited for the interface that the iPad brings to the market because of the drastic change in usability we think it will provide to the less web savvy. At UberCab we work with limo drivers, many of which are not the bleeding edge early adopters that you probably are if you&#8217;re reading this blog (right now), so what we&#8217;re excited about is the ability for our partners to interact with their fleets in ways they never would have been able to before. When fleet managers can monitor and interact with their cars in real time the possibilities for their business are powerful, which means better service, quality, and availability for the consumer. 
Our goal is to balance a great experience for our clients with very short response times to car requests, and plenty of demand for our drivers. The beauty of our business is that we&#8217;re a technology company and we have the data available to continually improve on both of those customer needs. We can place our cars in better locations to respond more quickly to requests and we can optimize our request to car ratio by having intimate knowledge of where and when those request are coming in.
What is game changing about the iPad meeting UberCab is the control that car service businesses can have. This industry is ripe for huge disruption and we&#8217;re bringin&#8217; it. Real time information, with intelligent application of that data, and now new hardware to beautifully display that info. 

    UberCab meet iPad.

    We are super excited for the interface that the iPad brings to the market because of the drastic change in usability we think it will provide to the less web savvy. At UberCab we work with limo drivers, many of which are not the bleeding edge early adopters that you probably are if you’re reading this blog (right now), so what we’re excited about is the ability for our partners to interact with their fleets in ways they never would have been able to before. When fleet managers can monitor and interact with their cars in real time the possibilities for their business are powerful, which means better service, quality, and availability for the consumer. 

    Our goal is to balance a great experience for our clients with very short response times to car requests, and plenty of demand for our drivers. The beauty of our business is that we’re a technology company and we have the data available to continually improve on both of those customer needs. We can place our cars in better locations to respond more quickly to requests and we can optimize our request to car ratio by having intimate knowledge of where and when those request are coming in.

    What is game changing about the iPad meeting UberCab is the control that car service businesses can have. This industry is ripe for huge disruption and we’re bringin’ it. Real time information, with intelligent application of that data, and now new hardware to beautifully display that info. 

     

    tags:  iPad  disruption 

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  3. Can you believe this crap!!!!????
send your emails to blog@ubercab.com and we&#8217;ll post em&#8217;!

    Can you believe this crap!!!!????

    send your emails to blog@ubercab.com and we’ll post em’!

     
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  4. Why taxi’s suck.

    Yesterday morning I was en route from my apartment in Chicago’s west loop to O’Hare Airport. I was headed for SF. I set out with what should have been plenty of time to find a taxi, get to the airport, find my gate and board my flight. What was supposed to be plenty of time apparently wasn’t. Here’s the result…

    Picture me jogging through the O’Hare’s terminal C, ‘Home Alone’ style, all because how difficult it was for me to finding a freaking taxi. I can usually get a cab in 3 or 4 minutes on Grand & Ogden the main intersection by my house. I couldn’t. So then I jumped on a supposedly magic iPhone app (that shall remain nameless, kinda) that is supposed to help me get a taxi. It couldn’t. I waited and waited attempting to hail full taxi’s over and over. I finally found one, a lovely man that likely hadn’t showered in a week, and decided to cut the cheese every 5 minutes or so. Eventually I decided regardless of the brisk Chicago weather to ride the rest of the way with the window down…I’m pretty sure he knew why. Awkward.

    The experience was uncomfortable due to my drivers fragrance and due to the fact that I was sweating by the time I got to my gate. However, it was very comforting in the sense that I know UberCab is going to hit it out of the park when people are able to trust and even enjoy their on demand car service experience.

    This experience and many before it inspired me to start a series of blog posts here on the UberBlog about why taxi’s suck. Every time I have a poor experience with a taxi I’m going to write about it here, but my life is relatively boring so I’d like to ask you to help!

    Email me with pictures, stories, quotes, whatever about how your taxi experience went awry. Just shoot me an email at blog@ubercab.com and we’ll post the best contributions. I have a strong feeling I’m going to rely on these submissions for my source of daily comedy so keep em’ coming!

    To start things out I’ll take this quote from FreakingTypical.com, a site that lists all things that suck…

    "Watching your cell phone with all your contact information on it drive away in the back seat of a taxi cab that just dropped you off at JFK airport."
    -Andrew Z

    See you soon.

    -Ryan (the guy at the wheel)

     

    tags:  taxissuck 

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  5. We&#8217;re in business.

    We’re in business.

     
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  6. About UberCab

    Background:
    For almost a century the process of requesting a car service has been extremely similar to what it is today. You could place a request by telephone for a car arriving the next day or you could walk to the street and hope that an available taxi would happen to pass by at the same time. There was no efficiency or dependability to the process, and there still isn’t today. In early 2009 we set out to advance this industry completely and bring innovative solutions to this problem. 

    Today the UberCab team is working to provide high-quality, on-demand car service booked easily through your iPhone or SMS. Our GPS-optimized dispatch platform provides elite, efficient, and simple car service using high-end sedans with reputable drivers rather than traditional taxi cabs. We’re starting in limited beta in San Francisco and rolling out to other cities in mid 2010. 

    UberCab LLC, has offices in San Francisco and New York. 

    UberCab team:
    Ryan Graves, GM
    Travis Kalanick, Partner
    Garrett Camp, Founder/Investor,
    Oscar Salazar, Architect 

    Contact Us:
    info@ubercab.com - general inquiries 
    support@ubercab.com - customer support 
    partners@ubercab.com - car service partnerships 

    Twitter 
    @ubercab 
    @ubercab/team 
    @ubercab/advisors 

     
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