Ride or Die
Fast forward a few hours: The ball has dropped, you’ve toasted 2012 and kissed some strangers, and now you’re ready to head to the next party. One problem: So is everyone else, and there’s nary a cab to be found. One solution: Use Uber, the e-hailing app that lets revelers around the world call black cars from their smart phones.
The Third Degree
Betabeat just learned that Uber’s three-person New York office, which opened four months ago, has already weathered a couple big staffing shake-ups. Both New York general manager Matthew Kochman and New York community manager James Aviaz have resigned. The San Francisco startup, which has picked up a total of $12.5 million in in financing, lets users request car service (in the case of New York, a black towncar) by texting your pickup location or inputting it into an iPhone or Android app. On the eve of Uber’s launch in Chicago tomorrow, we talked to CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick about the state of Uber’s rollout in New York and how these resignations will affect its efforts.
CEO Ryan Graves and team after their launch dinner in the West Village.