Welcome!

API Journal Authors: Christopher Harrold, PagerDuty Blog, Shelly Palmer, Elizabeth White, Rishi Bhargava

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
I wanted to gather all of my Internet of Things (IOT) blogs into a single blog (that I could later use with my University of San Francisco (USF) Big Data “MBA” course). However as I started to pull these blogs together, I realized that my IOT discussion lacked a vision; it lacked an end point towards which an organization could drive their IOT envisioning, proof of value, app dev, data engineering and data science efforts. And I think that the IOT end point is really quite simple…
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 19th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo Silicon Valley Call for Papers is now open.
You think you know what’s in your data. But do you? Most organizations are now aware of the business intelligence represented by their data. Data science stands to take this to a level you never thought of – literally. The techniques of data science, when used with the capabilities of Big Data technologies, can make connections you had not yet imagined, helping you discover new insights and ask new questions of your data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sarbjit Sarkaria, data science team lead ...
WebRTC is bringing significant change to the communications landscape that will bridge the worlds of web and telephony, making the Internet the new standard for communications. Cloud9 took the road less traveled and used WebRTC to create a downloadable enterprise-grade communications platform that is changing the communication dynamic in the financial sector. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Leo Papadopoulos, CTO of Cloud9, discussed the importance of WebRTC and how it enables companies to focus...
"My role is working with customers, helping them go through this digital transformation. I spend a lot of time talking to banks, big industries, manufacturers working through how they are integrating and transforming their IT platforms and moving them forward," explained William Morrish, General Manager Product Sales at Interoute, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
SYS-CON Events announced today that 910Telecom 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. 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 ...
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.
For basic one-to-one voice or video calling solutions, WebRTC has proven to be a very powerful technology. Although WebRTC’s core functionality is to provide secure, real-time p2p media streaming, leveraging native platform features and server-side components brings up new communication capabilities for web and native mobile applications, allowing for advanced multi-user use cases such as video broadcasting, conferencing, and media recording.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Venafi, the Immune System for the Internet™ and the leading provider of Next Generation Trust Protection, will exhibit at @DevOpsSummit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Venafi is the Immune System for the Internet™ that protects the foundation of all cybersecurity – cryptographic keys and digital certificates – so they can’t be misused by bad guys in attacks...
ReadyTalk has expanded the capabilities of the FoxDen collaboration platform announced late last year to include FoxDen Connect, an in-room video collaboration experience that launches with a single touch. With FoxDen Connect, users can now not only engage in HD video conferencing between iOS and Android mobile devices or Chrome browsers, but also set up in-person meeting rooms for video interactions. A host’s mobile device automatically recognizes the presence of a meeting room via beacon tech...
The cloud market growth today is largely in public clouds. While there is a lot of spend in IT departments in virtualization, these aren’t yet translating into a true “cloud” experience within the enterprise. What is stopping the growth of the “private cloud” market? In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Nara Rajagopalan, CEO of Accelerite, explored the challenges in deploying, managing, and getting adoption for a private cloud within an enterprise. What are the key differences between wh...
It’s 2016: buildings are smart, connected and the IoT is fundamentally altering how control and operating systems work and speak to each other. Platforms across the enterprise are networked via inexpensive sensors to collect massive amounts of data for analytics, information management, and insights that can be used to continuously improve operations. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Brian Chemel, Co-Founder and CTO of Digital Lumens, will explore: The benefits sensor-networked systems bring to ...
On Dice.com, the number of job postings asking for skill in Amazon Web Services increased 76 percent between June 2015 and June 2016. Salesforce.com saw its own skill mentions increase 37 percent, while DevOps and Cloud rose 35 percent and 28 percent, respectively. Even as they expand their presence in the cloud, companies are also looking for tech professionals who can manage projects, crunch data, and figure out how to make systems run more autonomously. Mentions of ‘data science’ as a skill ...
Manufacturers are embracing the Industrial Internet the same way consumers are leveraging Fitbits – to improve overall health and wellness. Both can provide consistent measurement, visibility, and suggest performance improvements customized to help reach goals. Fitbit users can view real-time data and make adjustments to increase their activity. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mark Bernardo Professional Services Leader, Americas, at GE Digital, discussed how leveraging the Industrial Internet a...
Amazon has gradually rolled out parts of its IoT offerings in the last year, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to optimizing their back-end AWS offerings, Amazon is laying the ground work to be a major force in IoT – especially in the connected home and office. Amazon is extending its reach by building on its dominant Cloud IoT platform, its Dash Button strategy, recently announced Replenishment Services, the Echo/Alexa voice recognition control platform, the 6-7 strategic...
In addition to all the benefits, IoT is also bringing new kind of customer experience challenges - cars that unlock themselves, thermostats turning houses into saunas and baby video monitors broadcasting over the internet. This list can only increase because while IoT services should be intuitive and simple to use, the delivery ecosystem is a myriad of potential problems as IoT explodes complexity. So finding a performance issue is like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.
There will be new vendors providing applications, middleware, and connected devices to support the thriving IoT ecosystem. This essentially means that electronic device manufacturers will also be in the software business. Many will be new to building embedded software or robust software. This creates an increased importance on software quality, particularly within the Industrial Internet of Things where business-critical applications are becoming dependent on products controlled by software. Qua...
Big Data, cloud, analytics, contextual information, wearable tech, sensors, mobility, and WebRTC: together, these advances have created a perfect storm of technologies that are disrupting and transforming classic communications models and ecosystems. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Erik Perotti, Senior Manager of New Ventures on Plantronics’ Innovation team, provided an overview of this technological shift, including associated business and consumer communications impacts, and opportunities it ...
The 19th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Digital Transformation, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportuni...
IoT is rapidly changing the way enterprises are using data to improve business decision-making. In order to derive business value, organizations must unlock insights from the data gathered and then act on these. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Hoffman, Vice President at EastBanc Technologies, and Peter Shashkin, Head of Development Department at EastBanc Technologies, discussed how one organization leveraged IoT, cloud technology and data analysis to improve customer experiences and effi...