Uber's Broadening Horizons
This was another phenomenal week for us at Uber on almost all fronts. We broke records in our number of trips, sign ups and cars on the road. We do recognize that there were quite a few of you who logged in to see “0 cars” available, and trust us, that fact does not go down easily for us. We’re working hard to constantly improve our availability. What is hands down most exciting to us is how excited and supportive you all have been in watching us grow.
Like our text messages alerts read, we LOVE you.
Local Blog Love
In the press we’ve gotten some awesome reviews from a few local publications (and this time from outside the tech community :) We want Uber to make sense for ALL of San Francisco; the hipsters, the fashionistas, the business folk, young professionals, the party-goers, and family-oriented. Uber isn’t demographic specific, it’s an experience.
One of these posts came from 7×7 in a wonderful article, “Transported: The Best transportation Apps Out there.” Here’s a little taste:
“You can merely lay on your couch, request a car, watch it arrive to your door, get alerted of the car’s arrival and pay on your smart phone. UberCab is working on adding black Pruises to the fleet (their first test ride was a few days ago), and help limo and town car companies stay in business. You can use SMS to text UberCab for a driver, and both Blackberry and Android apps are in the works.”
** And yes, we do have a prius on board! We like to say it’s a black car experience with a tint of green. ;) **
Thrillist wrote a hilarious and flattering piece on us. They opened with:
Started by an IT pro from San Diego who didn’t know the pains of hailing a taxi until moving to SF, UberCab is as close as you’ll ever get to an on- demand private driver: a Tara-Reid-simple iPhone app giving you instant access to a fleet of a dozen way-better-than-a-cab Town Cars, Benzes and Escalades that’ll cost you about $5-$10 more than your average taxi trip, but won’t cost you your sense of smell for the next three days.
**Wise words. Requesting an Uber really is Tara-Reid-Simple (good for you, bummer for her). The easier we can make your ride, the better we’re doing our jobs.**
And for those of you in the Mission, we ran a promo for the readers of the Mission Mission blog. While it ran some controversy because, after all, we’re a car service app, not a bike share app, the silent majority loved it. We got a bunch of new sign ups and helped those folks get to and from the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass show. So, welcome to the lovers and the haters down in the Mission.
And on the event front, we teamed up with as they put together an excellent pre-release screening of “The Social Network” at the Metreon on Thursday night. Uber was honored to provide a sweet deal and transportation for the event. The night was a huge success!
Thanks again to all of our Uber clients, drivers and to the blogs who’ve helped us spread the word around. If you have any question or comments please leave them below and we’ll shoot responses back to you very shortly!
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