Welcome!

Cognitive Computing Authors: Carmen Gonzalez, Pat Romanski, Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, David H Deans

News Feed Item

Curb Arrives to Deliver Mobile Innovation to Taxis and More

Leading mobile transportation technology company unveils new name and app for providing easy, reliable and safe rides; appoints Patrick Lashinsky as CEO

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Arriving today on mobile phones everywhere, Curb delivers mobile innovation and a whole new ride experience to consumers, drivers and forward-looking ground transportation companies. Curb connects riders to a nationwide network of over 35,000 taxis and 6,500 for-hire vehicles across 60 cities, and is adding more drivers and travel providers daily. Formerly known as Taxi Magic, Curb builds upon its pioneering history in the mobile transportation space to provide convenient booking, reliable service, seamless payment and an enjoyable experience for riders and drivers alike.

Curb riders control all aspects of their taxi, livery or black car ride – including pick-up time, type of car, method of payment and the route the driver takes. In recent months, the Curb team delivered an improved taxi service in Los Angeles, marked by faster pickup times, automatic "touchless" payment, intensive driver training and significantly improved rider ratings. Curb is launching this new level of service across Chicago and Dallas area taxis immediately, with the rest of the growing network to follow over upcoming months.To ensure market-leading levels of safety and quality, Curb only works with licensed, regulated and commercially-insured drivers and providers in good standing with local regulatory authorities. The Curb mobile app is available for free download at http://gocurb.com/app. Existing iOS and Android users should update their Taxi Magic app to activate the new Curb experience.

Curb also announced the hiring of new CEO Patrick Lashinsky. Under Mr. Lashinsky, Curb is poised to enter several new markets, improve product offerings, expand vehicle offerings in key cities and significantly grow its employee base. Mr. Lashinsky brings years of executive experience leading technology, product development, marketing and sales organizations, including his tenure as CEO of Ziprealty (NASDAQ: ZIPR). See full bio on Mr. Lashinsky below.

"We are excited to enter the Curb era and bring much-needed 'constructive innovation' to taxi and other forms of ground transportation. Curb will redefine how consumers experience reliable, safe rides from professional drivers spanning taxis and sedans," said Mr. Lashinsky. "We place game-changing software directly in your pocket that seamlessly guides the curb-to-curb experience of a ride - while providing drivers and providers with the tools to innovate, improve and flourish."

While riders benefit from advanced technology and a seamless, hassle-free experience, Curb powers forward-looking taxi companies intent on improving service to better compete in the evolving ground transportation market. Curb works closely with its partners to help drivers embrace technology, improve customer service and pick up more rides, increasing driver income while decreasing downtime.

"Partnering with Curb better positions us to compete with ridesharing services and innovate as the industry changes," said William J. Rouse, General Manager, Yellow Cab of Los Angeles. "The gloves are off and we will continue to invest in providing the safest and best service to the people of Los Angeles. Curb helps us win this battle."

Curb has raised $35 million in financing and estimates significant continued growth. For more information, please visit http://gocurb.com.

About Curb

Curb (previously Taxi Magic) is technology startup focused on improving how people get around their cities. Curb puts consumers in touch with nearby taxi and for-hire drivers for better, faster and more efficient rides featuring real-time map tracking and seamless mobile payment. As Taxi Magic, the company was the first company to provide ride booking and payment services through a mobile app. The Curb team is comprised of energetic, talented individuals who are building technology to connect people to safe, reliable rides and modernize the ground transportation industry. The Curb app is free to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Visit gocurb.com for more information. The Curb network operates in over 60 cities around the United States.

About Patrick Lashinsky, Curb CEO

As the CEO of Curb, Patrick Lashinsky leads a talented, growing team in the mission of delivering technology and innovation to taxi and sedan rides to better serve riders, drivers and providers. Mr. Lashinsky joined Curb in 2014 after a period consulting on innovation in a number of industries and companies.

Prior to his consulting work, Mr. Lashinsky served as the CEO of ZipRealty (NASDAQ: ZIPR), where he helped lead the company from start-up to one of the fastest growing and most technically advanced real estate organizations in the United States. During his time at ZipRealty, in addition to being the President and Chief Executive Officer, he also held senior executive roles in Technology, Sales and Marketing. In 2008 the real estate journal Inman News named Mr. Lashinsky as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential Real Estate People." And in 2010 SmartMoney.com named him as one of its Power 30. While at Zip, he was a frequently tapped by major media outlets to share his expertise and knowledge of the national housing market, with appearances on "Good Morning America", "NBC's "Nightly News", "Nightline", CNN's "Open House", Fox Business Network's "America's Nightly Scoreboard", and was a regular commentator in the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press and USA Today.

Mr. Lashinsky has over 10 years of marketing experience working with such household names as General Mills and Del Monte. While at General Mills, he was responsible for the creation and development of Go-Gurt Yogurt in addition to managing brands such as Pop Secret and Chex Mix. Prior to joining ZipRealty, Mr. Lashinsky was the lead for new product development at Del Monte.

Mr. Lashinsky earned his M.B.A from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

SOURCE Curb

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloud Academy will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Cloud Academy is the industry’s most innovative, vendor-neutral cloud technology training platform. Cloud Academy provides continuous learning solutions for individuals and enterprise teams for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and the most popular cloud computing technologies. Ge...
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Outlyer, a monitoring service for DevOps and operations teams, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Outlyer is a monitoring service for DevOps and Operations teams running Cloud, SaaS, Microservices and IoT deployments. Designed for today's dynamic environments that need beyond cloud-scale monitoring, we make monitoring effortless so you...
Have you ever noticed how some IT people seem to lead successful, rewarding, and satisfying lives and careers, while others struggle? IT author and speaker Don Crawley uncovered the five principles that successful IT people use to build satisfying lives and careers and he shares them in this fast-paced, thought-provoking webinar. You'll learn the importance of striking a balance with technical skills and people skills, challenge your pre-existing ideas about IT customer service, and gain new in...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo | @ThingsExpo, June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY and October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buyers...
With 10 simultaneous tracks, keynotes, general sessions and targeted breakout classes, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo are two of the most important technology events of the year. Since its launch over eight years ago, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo have presented a rock star faculty as well as showcased hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors! In this blog post, I provide 7 tips on how, as part of our world-class faculty, you can deliver one of the most popular sessions at our events. But before reading the...
While not quite mainstream yet, WebRTC is starting to gain ground with Carriers, Enterprises and Independent Software Vendors (ISV’s) alike. WebRTC makes it easy for developers to add audio and video communications into their applications by using Web browsers as their platform. But like any market, every customer engagement has unique requirements, as well as constraints. And of course, one size does not fit all. In her session at WebRTC Summit, Dr. Natasha Tamaskar, Vice President, Head of C...
TechTarget storage websites are the best online information resource for news, tips and expert advice for the storage, backup and disaster recovery markets. By creating abundant, high-quality editorial content across more than 140 highly targeted technology-specific websites, TechTarget attracts and nurtures communities of technology buyers researching their companies' information technology needs. By understanding these buyers' content consumption behaviors, TechTarget creates the purchase inte...
In the enterprise today, connected IoT devices are everywhere – both inside and outside corporate environments. The need to identify, manage, control and secure a quickly growing web of connections and outside devices is making the already challenging task of security even more important, and onerous. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Rich Boyer, CISO and Chief Architect for Security at NTT i3, will discuss new ways of thinking and the approaches needed to address the emerging challenges of securit...
Almost two-thirds of companies either have or soon will have IoT as the backbone of their business. Though, IoT is far more complex than most firms expected with a majority of IoT projects having failed. How can you not get trapped in the pitfalls? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tony Shan, Chief IoTologist at Wipro, will introduce a holistic method of IoTification, which is the process of IoTifying the existing technology portfolios and business models to adopt and leverage IoT. He will delve in...
As cloud adoption continues to transform business, today's global enterprises are challenged with managing a growing amount of information living outside of the data center. The rapid adoption of IoT and increasingly mobile workforce are exacerbating the problem. Ensuring secure data sharing and efficient backup poses capacity and bandwidth considerations as well as policy and regulatory compliance issues.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Conference Guru has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. A valuable conference experience generates new contacts, sales leads, potential strategic partners and potential investors; helps gather competitive intelligence and even provides inspiration for new products and services. Conference Guru works with conference organizers to pass great dea...
SYS-CON Events announced today that LeaseWeb USA, a cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. LeaseWeb is one of the world's largest hosting brands. The company helps customers define, develop and deploy IT infrastructure tailored to their exact business needs, by combining various kinds cloud solutions.
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, discussed the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
WebRTC defines no default signaling protocol, causing fragmentation between WebRTC silos. SIP and XMPP provide possibilities, but come with considerable complexity and are not designed for use in a web environment. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Matthew Hodgson, technical co-founder of the Matrix.org, discussed how Matrix is a new non-profit Open Source Project that defines both a new HTTP-based standard for VoIP & IM signaling and provides reference implementations.
The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound e...
We all know that data growth is exploding and storage budgets are shrinking. Instead of showing you charts on about how much data there is, in his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing at HGST, showed how to capture all of your data in one place. After you have your data under control, you can then analyze it in one place, saving time and resources.
910Telecom exhibited at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, in November 2016. Housed in the classic Denver Gas & Electric Building, 910 15th St., 910Telecom is a carrier-neutral telecom hotel located in the heart of Denver. Adjacent to CenturyLink, AT&T, and Denver Main, 910Telecom offers connectivity to all major carriers, Internet service providers, Internet backbones and exchanges.