We know how annoying it can be when you’re driving along the roads which seems relatively clear, you turn the corner, and suddenly you find yourself in the worst traffic jam possible. It sucks, we know, and there are ways to prevent that by using apps such as Waze, or even Google Maps which shows Continue Reading →
Lyft Happy Hour
Lyft has launched “Happy Hour” rates — fares that are 10 percent to 50 percent cheaper than normal during slow business hours — to encourage more rides during those periods, the company announced Tuesday. Slow times are typically midday and after rush hour during the work week. “With Happy Hour, Lyft’s prices are fully dynamic, Continue Reading →

Technology: Good or Bad?

Driving With Google Glass
Should driving with Google Glass be allowed? There’s no precedent; technology is almost always ahead of strategy, tactics and the law. In my book Television Disrupted: The Transition from Network to Networked TV, 2nd Edition (York House Press, 2008), I looked for lessons from the Civil War: “Often described as the first modern war, the Continue Reading →
The issue of insurance has been a thorny one for ride-sharing services including Lyft and Uber — when their drivers are between fares, it becomes a gray area regarding responsibilities in the case of an accident. On Friday both companies have taken steps to address such problems. On-demand ride-sharing startup Lyft announced on Friday that Continue Reading →
Uber Co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick knows that the ride-sharing company’s infamous surge pricing is a hard sell, but he thinks it’s a preferable experience to standing out on the sidewalk waiting for a taxi. Still, he thinks that Uber could do better when it comes to communicating that. “One of our goals for 2014 Continue Reading →
Have you ever wanted to send flowers to someone “just because”? A new company in northern California called BloomThat offers handwritten notes and flower delivery by bicycle in less than 90 minutes. Think of it like Uber for flowers. BloomThat recently raised a $2 million seed funding round as it aims to expand beyond the Continue Reading →

Fitbit vs. Jawbone

According to MyFitnessPal (the calorie tracking app I use on my smartphone), Friday was the 189th day I’ve logged in and, in that time, I’ve lost 58.3 lbs. That’s approximately 2.16 lbs. per week, or… for the quantified selfies out there, approximately .3 lbs. per day. One nanosecond after, “You look great… I bet you Continue Reading →
Competition is fierce in the world of on-demand transportation. The consumer demand for better, more convenient car service has exploded over the last two years, and startups services are racing to capitalize. In fact, the race is now so heated that it seems some companies are willing to try anything to put the brakes on Continue Reading →