uberPOOL riders make a splash

The law of unintended consequences says that when you set out to do one thing, something else happens instead. Well, when we launched uberPOOL we thought we were just creating our most inexpensive ride option, but apparently we also opened the door for some other opportunities as well.

Job opportunities.

Meet Brian and Jennifer; two unsuspecting riders whose uberPOOL trips ended up being more than just a cheap ride across town.

Brian Brian Tran was born in a lucky hour, probably. He moved to SF the same day our hometown team clinched their 3rd title in 5 years (maybe it was his arrival that caused the win?). The next day he was heading to a friend’s house in the Mission, but didn’t know how to get there, so he took his first uberPOOL ride.

His co-rider ended up being an advantageous match for lucky Brian. She was the CEO of a burgeoning startup, and on the lookout for someone like him. “[uberPOOL] is such a great way to meet someone that’s not the same as you are,” Brian said.

“How often does a fresh grad from Texas meet an HBS alum who’s the CEO of a successful startup?”

She asked if he was looking for a job, and then made him an offer on the spot.

Jennifer Jennifer Mitchell, a recruiter at Bigcommerce, left work on a Friday night and decided to give uberPOOL a try. When her co-rider mentioned spending his day in a server room, Jennifer’s recruiter ears perked up and she quickly found out he was an engineer interested in other opportunities.

Before the ride ended, they exchanged contact info, connected on LinkedIn, and he even sent her his resume. Right now he’s in the final rounds of interviews, and (fingers crossed) he’ll hopefully have an offer in the next few days!

When asked about the chance meeting, Jennifer remarked, “We spend our days in different offices a few blocks away and it’s not likely that we would bump into each other waiting to cross a street and strike up the same conversation. uberPOOL made that happen. It’s such a great way to meet new people for someone like me who is constantly networking.”

She and her driver even joked afterwards about the driver getting a finders fee.

The next time you need to go somewhere in SF, try uberPOOL. You can be sure you’ll save money, and who knows, maybe you’ll meet someone new along the way.

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