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How Uber transforms travel

A friend told me a scary story about her visit to Mexico city. She asked her hotel to call a taxi. An Uber driver showed up and pretended to be her car. She got in and 5 minutes later the hotel called her to tell her that her taxi was waiting. She thought maybe it […]

Roadie app delivering lost bags for airlines

Roadie is a croudsourced delivery service launched in the U.S. in 2015. They match people taking road trips (or just driving across town) with folks who need something delivered. Roadie has done a lot of work on partnerships over the past few years. And one of those partnerships is with airlines that need to deliver […]

Blackbird launches flightsharing in US

After years of legal battles (which have now moved into Congress), another company is entering the flight sharing arena in the United States. Blackbird launched their service in 2016, initially offering seats on chartered airplanes. The bulk of their service is still chartered flights, but Blackbird recently introduced the option to Hitch a ride on […]

Flight Sharing in U.S. killed by courts but now revived in Congress

Flight sharing may be legalized in the U.S. this year with a new bill introduced to Congress. Flight sharing is a way for private pilots to offer empty seats in airplanes to strangers who want to fly the same route. It helps the pilots cover the rather high costs of equipment and fuel. And it […]

Uber expands to car rentals and all things transportation

This week Uber announced expanded services that move them into more modes of transportation. From the Uber press release: “Having a greater variety of transportation modes at your fingertips helps make it increasingly easy to live without a car. That’s why we want to provide alternatives to personal car ownership by bringing together multiple modes of transportation right […]

Get paid to carpool with the Hytch app

Hytch Rewards is a new app launched by Nissan to encourage ridesharing. It’s currently available only in Tennessee, where Nissan has it’s North American headquarters. The concept is pretty neat. You use the app to track shared rides with other users, but no money changes hands. This really is carpooling, but with rewards. For every […]

Bike Sharing for Efficient City Transport

There’s a new service rolling out in a few cities in the U.S. and Canada called dockless bike sharing. This isn’t a peer-to-peer service. But it is an efficient use of resources. First started in China, and very popular there, dockless bike sharing involves using an app to find a nearby bike, unlock it, and […]

Roadie’s Road to Profitability in Crowdsourced Shipping

Americans who like to take road trips could be making extra money off the empty space in their cars. Roadie is counting on building interest in this form of crowdsourced delivery.  Roadie launched their peer to peer shipping platform in 2015. And unlike most other social shipping startups, Roadie secured a lot of funding. When I […]

My Meetup with the PiggyBee founder

I met the founder of PiggyBee in Brussels! I don’t get much credit for this meetup. I actually forgot he lives in Belgium. But, as I do with all my trips, for a recent trip to Europe I listed my origin and destinations on a few crowdsourced delivery networks. I have some favorites that get […]

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