I just took a very interesting 20min ride from the Parc 55 hotel to the San Francisco airport with Abraham by driver. I get in and he says “I have WIFI in my car if you need it sir”. I was like what??? I can’t even get free WIFI at the busiest airport in the US (ATL) and this guy is offering me free unlimited WIFI?
How do you do that? Well, I had to sir. You see, I am constantly taking very smart young entrepreneurs around and they were giving me suggestions to improve my service. I jail broke one of my two phones and I offer free WIFI using my unlimited data plan. He then took me through an amazing list of stories of who he has driven around:
- I really like the guys who invented Uber. It makes it very easy to find a town car / taxi. You don’t have to pay me, and you don’t even have to speak with me. He explained the service and showed me the iPhone app. I was blown away. He was one of the first 8 drivers or early adopters helping them improve the application less than 2 years ago.
- I also really like Marissa Mayer from Google. She is so down to earth. I started driving her before she was a millionaire and what is great is that even after her millions she is still the same person.
- I also drove a lady 60 minutes to work every morning. She was able to be 100% productive with her email and laptop while I drove. By the time she arrived to work at 8am, she was way ahead of others with email and tasks.
Abraham told me at least 3 more great stories of smart, young, driven entrepreneurs riding the electrifying roads of San Francisco and Silicon Valley. There is a special energy in the air that is very difficult to replicate and explain.
I got out at SFO after telling him about sstash. He took about 10 business cards from me and said that in about 3 days he should be done passing them out to key potential advisors and influencers. I was flabbergasted. A cab driver in San Francisco has a lot more influence than many startup catalysts in other cities.
I got out of the Lincoln Town Car and prepared to ride a brutal red eye flight back to Atlanta. I wonder what would be of sstash or any other startup idea if it was incubating in an electrifying city like San Francisco.