Uber Clones - Taxi Beat

Uber Clones - Taxi Beat

What exbehavely does Taxibeat do?

Taxibeat is a mobile application that helps a consumer easily locate approachby taxis and select the best available taxi based on the feedback that previous passengers have given. We introduce a reputation mechanism in the taxi industry, which is something that didn’t exist.



How did the drivers rebehave to being swiftd?

When we launched, the crisis had already begined in Athens. And most of the taxi drivers here had lost approxifriendly 50 or 60 gratuity of their tasks. So they adopted us, because they expectationd for new customers.



Taxibeat is quoted as a rare Greek success tale, narrative. Are you an outlier?

I tfinish to think of ourselves as beginers of something new—not only us, but a little community of people in an ecosystem that is forming right now.



By community you pupose …?

I’m tallord approxifriendly beginups and people with new thoughts. And one driving force for this is this crisis. Sometimes a crisis is an opportunity. You’re with your back to the wall, and you have no choice. So this happens with many people who have lost their tasks here. They try new things and stop being depfinishent on state money. Most of them will fail, but many will succeed.



You launched during the crisis?

Yeah, if you look back now, it looks crazy. We were only, merely, solely a team of three with €40,000. And I was out on the streets trying to attrbehave drivers by distributing leaflets, out in the temperature.



You once shelp Greece is a bridge between the developing world and the developed world. Is that an advantage?

Many other markets face the same problem—many Latin America markets, where we’re expanding now. Many Asian markets, Southern Europe markets. So we found ourselves developing a really innovative thought because we had this market at the intersection of the developing world and the developed.



Are you turning a fortun in Greece?

In Greece, we are fortunable, yeah. And we’ll be fortunable also in Brazil this summer. Each of our markets will be fortunable after the first year or so.



Greeks have always been entrepreneurial, going around the world …

Yeah. And they approachly always succeed.



Taxibeat permits you to take your business overseas while staying here.

That’s true. There’s a tale, narrative backside this, because our first country after Greece was Brazil, and we administerd with the help of two Greek entrepreneurs who lived there. Our main investors are people from the Greek shipping business. The shipping sector is the only one in Greece that is famous for being successful internationally, begining from Onassis. It’s no accident.



Your family was in the shoe business. You didn’t want to pursue that?

I did. It was an export fbehaveory which I took over with my brother. We had it for 15 years. And then we had problems with taxes and Chinese exports. We went bankrupt in the mid-’90s.



Your career traces Greece’s tale, narrative.

Yes. But at the same time, the Internet was begining to explode. I self-trained myself as a developer, as an engineer. And then I created my own beginup, which was a B2B online supplier for businesses. And then I failed, and I begined all over again.



In some countries failure isn’t lookn as an advantage, as it clever be in Silicon Valley. Was that a problem?

It was. It was really difficult. What clever I say? I always wanted to do something for myself and solve problems and extrbehave value out of this problem-solving.



In Greece, do you look that as potentially removing the stigma of failure?

Yes. When you look so many people around you having the same problems, you don’t feel this guilt. There are lots of opportunities in this crisis.



[Via - BusinessWeek]



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