Two Entrepreneurs

by Matthew on July 19, 2011

In the last 24 hours, I’ve talked to two cab drivers who were each obviously entrepreneurs at heart. The first guy explained to me the math he did to figure out his costs before deciding to buy a hybrid vehicle with all the bells and whistles (leather interior, navigation, etc. etc.). He rattled off the total monthly costs, the savings in gasoline, and quality of the ride for his passengers. He was quite proud of the great air conditioning his car provided to the back seat (it’s been ~100 degrees in Chicago, with heat indexes several degrees higher). When he dropped me off at my hotel, he gave me his card and phone number and asked me to consider him for my ride back to the airport.

This morning I hopped into a cab and was greeted by a cheerful cabbie. He asked how I was and when I asked him in return, he said “I’m excellent…I’m about to earn some of your money!” This guy also bragged about his car and the gas mileage it got. Early in the ride, he handed me a newspaper saying “this is part of my service to you.”

Cabbies are something of a crap shoot. I’ve gone entire weeks taking cabs every day and gotten nothing more than a grunt from any of them. These two guys definitely have the entrepreneurial spirit: delivering good service, knowing the financial aspects of their business, making a connection with their customers, and differentiating themselves from the (huge) crowd of competition.

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Aaron Brooks July 28, 2011 at 11:17 pm

If you still have the guy’s card you should post it — I’d look him up and I’m sure other people would too.

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Matthew August 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Good idea Aaron; I need to dig it out of the expense report archives, but will scan/post it when I find it.

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