Regulation in Austin, TX is preventing a free market to exist for ride-sharing. The best companies (Uber and Lyft) cannot compete here because of an onerous regulation put over the town like a dark cloud. Dark indeed, for it creates a micro-monopoly for Fasten and RideAustin, who by their strangeness (and willingness to operate more like a cab company), are allowed in Austin.
I was recently quoted on NPR radio on this topic, and I argue that this micro-monopoly is the only reason they can compete in Austin right now. This monopoly does not exist outside of Austin (except a few other weird cities). As a result, for Fasten or RideAustin to work beyond Austin, they would have to compete in the “REAL” market against Uber and Lyft.
A monopoly gets established whenever there is regulation, unique capability, or brute force creating a disturbance in the natural order of modern economic forces: e.g capitalism. In fact, monopolies are the opposite of capitalism which emphasizes the concept of creative destruction to encourage entrepreneurs and what today we call “startups” and we once called “business” to flourish and compete against each other.
The loser in this war is the consumer, and always is. We are forced with sub-par ride-sharing experiences and higher prices. That’s what happens in a monopoly.
So… catch a ride; kill monopoly! Compete without a monopoly and you will find there are bigger markets than just Austin, waiting for you to come help.
Karamback is now Free to try for 30-days… and is “all-inclusive!”, including fully custom apps!
It’s just $49.99/month after that!
Yep, that includes ALL our tools:
PostOnTime.com which lets you schedule social posts to Twitter and Facebook, and “photo upload posts” to Facebook… for ANY time you want, with fast and deep analytics! Yep, includes your own branded app!
Sweepmaker.com which lets you build a FULLY custom Sweepstakes to run in your Facebook or Twitter, Including your own custom app.
Fanpage Tab Builder, which lets you build full HTML Fanpage tabs, with just a few clicks!
Referral Contest Builder.
Viral Coupons (Social Coupons with any twist you prefer: like-gated, claim-gated, share-gated, etc.).
ALL INCLUDED, free to try, 30-days, and just $49.99/month after that.
Tytus explains the 4Ps of Marketing (Product, Place, Price, and Promotion)… and how Marketing is NOT JUST promotion (advertising)… and in fact, PRODUCT has the biggest impact on marketing & sales success.
Ever bought something “custom made”? Measurements, colors, shapes, style, fit, finish, and polish… all to your bum’s liking? If you had to wait 3-months for that chair, dang… you may never try it. Imagine if you could get custom-made stuff in about the same time as a normal chair… a few days or minutes… at the same price. WHO WOULD BUY A NORMAL CHAIR? (especially if the price were the same?)?
No, I don’t sell chairs (Sorry). Karmaback, though, is now offering custom made “Social Applications” with the speed of a custom chair (days not months)…. at the same price as others charge for “normal white label apps” (e.g. non-custom). Want us to build YOUR custom Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Web, iPhone, or iPad app (or any combination there-of)? Shoot us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll reply with a Bid and an ETA within 24-hours. (or call us for an instant bid: 1 (888) 406-5033 )
There are 2 key elements here that make this offer special (and so far REALLY successful):
1.) Time. We make bids in 24-hours or less. We build almost anything in just a few days (add a few more days for iPhone/iPad 🙂 ).
2.) Price. We do this at prices other folks charge for their standard cookie-cutter solutions.
So, if you have a business, and want to figure out how to increase sales: consider:
Try CUSTOM. It works if you can deliver in SPEEDY times and at FAIR prices.