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How the “Uber of X” model has changed the world

Many businesses have adapted the “Uber of X” model and have achieved their own success as well. From changing the way we find movers, walk are dogs, rent out our homes to even the way we order pizza!

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The technology platform model known as Uber has changed the way we do business forever and has had substantial success and controversy because of their innovative and sometimes industry disruptive methods. However, love them or hate them, Uber has transformed from a small Silicon Valley startup to a revolutionary multi-billion dollar company.

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Many businesses have adapted the “Uber of X” model and have achieved their own success as well. From changing the way we find movers, walk are dogs, rent out our homes to even the way we order pizza! Here are a few resourceful companies that have used the “Uber of X” equation to achieve vertical traction in their market, as well as beat their old brick and mortar adversaries by eliminating the costly operational costs that are required in a non-tech traditional business.

Uber of dogs

Wag is great if your busy life preventing you from walking your most loved companion. Utilize the skills of other accomplished dog walkers in your area who will be happy to trot your furry feline around the hottest dog parks in your city. Wag is now servicing NY, San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle. WOOF!

Uber of food

Postmates is a rising national food logistics technology platform service that enables any food that your heart desires to come to your door piping hot in an hour or less. It’s perfect for when you are binge watching Netflix and just can’t step outside to satisfy your basic survival needs. The Austin-based Favor wins our personal pick for favorite food delivery service. Technology is wonderful, isn’t it?

Uber of moving

Lugg saves the hassle of moving your items for experts who are more than happy to earn some needed cash and help you transport your flat screen and sectional to your new overpriced flat on Mission Street. Lugg is great for short distances and with one click of a button you can move your new Craigslist purchase across town, or get your things home from IKEA, Costco, local furniture stores, and more. Lug is only available in the SF Bay area.

Uber of haircuts

Shortcut dispatches a highly trained expert hair stylist to your office or home. With just one click you can get those bangs clipped. Or if your eyebrows aren’t on fleek, get them waxed and tweezed with the greatest of ease. Shortcut is available now for the iPhone. Get your hair did and put that hot sauce in your bag… swag.

Uber of auto mechanics

Use Openbay and never get screwed by a mechanic again. Openbay makes finding the right auto mechanic a whole lot easier and gives you the confidence you need when making an important financial decision like repairing your vehicle. You just enter into the app what issues your car is having and Openbay will find a trusted mechanic near you and give you multiple quotes. Openbay puts purchasing power in your hands and let’s you sleep more comfortably at night because you know you saved money on that new transmission.

Uber of massages

Zeel is the answer if the stressors of life have left you tense or so sore that you are unable to go to your favorite masseuse. Zeel will solve that problem for you by allowing you to bring a massage session to your home. You can choose between a single massage or couple’s massage and schedule them back to back in the privacy of your own home or office.

Your genius Uber of X idea

Maybe you have your own idea that doesn’t seem to be on anyone else’s radar. ZenDeliver is an app that will help you build and manage your Uber of X app and company. You have the idea, they handle the delivery. Done.

So there you have it, a list of other Uber of X models that you might have not known about, or even thought that your iPhone or android could summon so much power in the palm of your hand.

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John Linneman is a Portland, Oregon native who owns and operates small digital marketing business. He went to school at Portland State where he studied business, and writing. He majored in writing and theater at PSU, and still holds these things true, but has since moved on and transferred his talents to the business, and marketing world. Connect with him on Twitter or on his blog.

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Ending a dismal year, Samsung says goodbye to CEO

(BUSINESS NEWS) Following a tumultuous year, Samsung now must face their CEO, Kwon Oh-hyun, stepping down.

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Among exploding phones, recalled washing machines and an indicted former chairman, Samsung has had a rough year. Just as they start to get back on track, they have one more crisis to deal with.

Kwon Oh-hyun, Samsung CEO, has officially announced his departure.

In a letter to the employees, Kwon announced his plans to leave the company by March of next year. His words touch on all of the typical sentiments, like that he “had been thinking long and hard about (leaving) for quite some time,” and that he wants to “move on to the next chapter in his life.”

What Kwon doesn’t make clear are his exact reasons for leaving.

He mentions that Samsung is in an “unprecedented crisis inside and out,” without sharing any specifics. Via his own words, Samsung needs to reshape their company to keep up with the ever-changing IT industry.

Kwon believes that young, fresh leadership could be the answer that Samsung needs.

Though Kwon’s departure may seem like another hit for the company, it could be a new chapter for Samsung as well.

And it is a change they desperately need. Recently, Samsung has made the headlines with scandal after scandal.

Earlier this year, Jay Y. Lee, former Vice chairman, was found guilty on multiple charges of bribery. The charge, which Lee is now serving five years in prison for, also resulted in the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Samsung also lived through two major recalls this year. They officially took the Galaxy Note 7 off of the market after various accusations of batteries overheating led to fires.

Samsung also recalled 2.8 million washing machines because their “violent vibrations” caused some users to be injured.

Major scandals like these are enough for any company to flop. However, Samsung is still in the game. Kwon’s letter calls for the company to start anew, which is exactly what they need to do to stay afloat.

Of course, creating devices that do not cause injuries and fires will be a start. In addition, new leadership will keep the company relevant and hopefully, revive their reputation.

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Identity-protecting roller stamps are a must for any office

(BUSINESS NEWS) Your identity is one of the most valuable things, that’s why Guard Your ID has created a stamp for when shredders won’t work.

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The massive Equifax hack made nearly everyone feel vulnerable, but the truth is that every day we knowingly engage in activity that puts our privacy at risk.

Just think of how many times you give up your telephone number when signing up for a new magazine subscription. Or the numerous times you thoughtlessly threw away mail containing confidential information.

There are so many opportunities to accidentally reveal private information but luckily, there are an equal number of ways to prevent it. Though you may think that identity theft could never happen to you, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Of the various tools invented to help you protect your identity, one of the newest is actually very simple. The company Guard Your ID has recently introduced privacy protection rollers and stamps. These gadgets are simple, quick and effective to help shield your identity on virtually anything.

The oil-based ink works on both glossy and non-glossy surfaces without smearing or rubbing off. These stamps work by creating an encrypted pattern which makes text unreadable.

Though shredding is another effective way to protect your identity, the rollers and stamps are more environmentally friendly. At some centers, shredded paper cannot be accepted as recyclable material. In addition, you can stamp more things that you can shred.

For example, you may want to cover up a label on a prescription bottle. The protection stamps are more versatile than shredding, and also more cost effective.

An Identity Protection Stamp can be purchased for under $20 and has a shelf life of 2-3 years. A wide format roller is also available for larger surfaces. In addition, refillable ink can be bought for the wide rollers.

It may seem like a nuisance to start stamping every label, bank statement and mail that contains any piece of private information on it, but in the end, it may be worth it. Just think of how much time you will spend freezing your accounts and recovering your identity if it is stolen.

It may seem silly, but today even a simple stamp goes a long way in protecting your identity.

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Zuckerberg used VR to highlight hurricane Maria destruction

(BUSINESS NEWS) Mark Zuckerberg tapped into his Occulus VR conference abilities to highlight the damage Hurricane Maria did to Puerto Rico.

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We know at this point that Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, but it can be difficult to understand the true extent of the damage without being there. We’ve seen some images and some video but Mark Zuckerberg is taking it to another level.

In a new partnership with the Red Cross, Zuck is taking to virtual reality to assist relief efforts.

In a presentation from Facebook’s Silicon Valley headquarters, Zuckerberg took Facebook users on a 360-degree tour of the hurricane destroyed island, using a combination of artificial intelligence and satellite imagery to determine areas with the most significant need.

Explaining his use of technology and its purpose, Zuckerberg said, “We use artificial intelligence to build what we call ‘population maps’ so you can look at satellite imagery of an area and get a sense of where it is that people actually live and the density of different places and where there’s infrastructure going to in those places. That’s going to help the Red Cross figure out where people are who need help.”

He also went through Facebook’s plans to restore internet connectivity on the island, which has been struggling to get power and resources back after the category 3 hurricane slammed the island with 125 mile per hour winds last month.

Zuckerberg said his company has already sent employees to the island to investigate damage and get networks working properly.

Speaking on the importance of internet and its integral role in the island’s ability to communicate domestically and abroad, he said, “When you are in the middle of a disaster like this, it’s really important that people have access to the internet. But it’s also important so that when relief workers go down there, they can coordinate with each other and know where people need help.”

There has been a bit of blowback from the VR tour though. A few of Zuck’s critics are calling him “tone deaf” saying that having the avatar chit-chat in front of flooded and destroyed home made it seem like he was cashing in on a natural disaster to plug his Occulus brand.

While his intentions were probably in the right spot, no matter how it came off, this is the first time that VR has been used for disaster coverage and we’re sure it won’t be the last.

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