Why I'm not good at the business thing
Know what we need, I erupted to my dearest friend the other day? An app where people can offer and ask for carpooling rides, something that would combine the flexibility of Uber/Lyft and the low costs of carpooling.
Say you have a car, that you drive from Kanata to downtown every day. You register yourself and your car on the app (I’m assuming you’d need to show your vehicle was properly plated, insured, and safety-certified, and that you yourself are a properly licensed driver with a clean enough record). Then you put in something like “Leaving from Kanata Centrum area at 7:15 going to Bank and Laurier” and wait a few minutes. Someone else on the app sees that and thinks, oh yeah, that would work for me and taps accordingly. You connect, pick him up at an agreed spot and drive together. He, the passenger, pays for gas (the apps calculates all this for you, and charges him plus the service fee the app charges; you the driver just get your gas money deposited automatically in your account).
Wouldn’t that be a neat thing? There would have to be enough demand for this to work, of course, but come on, can’t you see it? I mean, wouldn’t you use a service like that? Nobody would need to coordinate well in advance or give up the flexibility to go to work earlier or later some days, or leaving earlier or later - you know how that works.
I was enthusing about the possibilities something fierce, including how to write about my idea and try to see if some smart developer wanted to take it on because why not, and was bubbling up and everything until this nagging little thought entered my decidedly-non-MBA mind: Er, maybe google around to see if this doesn’t already exist?
Turns out - yes, you saw this coming. Now if we could only bring it here…