Readers know that I’m a big fan of Uber, the on-demand car service.
You download an app to your phone, request a pickup with the press of a button. You watch your vehicle on a map as it drives to you and shows you how many minutes away the car is. You can stay inside at home or at a restaurant until it shows up. Your payment details are on file, so when the trip is over you just get out and you’re emailed a receipt.
There are several options in different markets — like black cars, UberX which is individuals with their own cars that drive you, and in some cities even UberTaxi where you’re just requesting a cab through the app.
They haven’t offered this in a few months, but they are back allowing first-time users a free ride up to $30 in value if they’re referred by an existing user. Uber doesn’t advertise on TV, at least I’ve never seen it, they’ve built their business on referrals.
If you use my link to sign up, I get a free ride credit too. It’s more lucrative for you to sign up using a referral offer than without one.
For why I think Uber is so revolutionary (although after 2.5 years it’s easy to take for granted), see Why Taxis Suck and What You Can Do About It.