Uber for X
Many companies adopt renditions of Uber's business model. These system involves as much automation as possible and creating an effortless and intuitive user experience. We've listed 11 companies ranging from food delivery services to dry cleaning services, all which implement models similar to Uber in terms of their software-integrated input systems and smooth user experience. Each of these companies also disrupts their specific market by streamlining systems through personalized user interfaces, progress tracking, or eliminating face-to-face interactions altogether.
Alibaba is a business-to-business site which connects buyers with sellers. The company possesses no inventory of their own and instead facilitates transactions between online sellers like Amazon and wholesale sites. The company has greatly expanded and now offers more services such as electronic payments and shopping search engines As of January 2018, Alibaba's market cap stands at $527 billion.
Rinse is a dry cleaning and laundry delivery service. Users can schedule pickups and deliveries anytime even if they’re not home. They’ll wash nearly anything and also offer repairs to damaged linens or clothes. The San Francisco-based company has earned about $23.5 million since they started in 2013. The delivery service allows users to schedule all pickups and deliveries from an app. Customer support is also available 24/7.
Luxe is a valet service which allows users to have their vehicles picked up and dropped off anywhere. The company even offers plans including refueling and car washes. The service is incredibly useful during situations involving paid parking, or when users need to be picked up in a different location than where they parked. The company had raised over $75.5 million in venture funding as of April 2016. Luxe was started in San Francisco in 2013 and is now available in six cities. The company was purchased by Volvo in September 2017.
Munchery allows users to order same-night meals from local chefs. The service is a conglomeration of chefs who continually change their menus. Drivers deliver these meals within one hour of ordering. Users can post reviews online and directly message chefs through the main website. Munchery was started in California and now serves areas of New York and Seattle. The company has raised over $84 million and is valued at over $300 million.
Heal is a service offering house calls from well-trained doctors. The company offers an app which connects users to doctors, claiming arrival times of an hour or less. These physicians ranged from pediatric professions to cardiologists. Heal was founded in California and is now available in Washington DC, and Virginia. The startup has raised nearly $27 million in operations funding.
Instacart is a same-day grocery delivery service. User’s order products from any company of their choice, and personal shoppers hired by Instacart buy and deliver the listed items. Prices are virtually identical to in-store due to deals made with large grocers. The company has raised $220 million and is valued at $2 billion.
Skillshare is a platform in which any user can create and instruct a course related to content of their choosing. No qualifications are required to create courses and membership fees begin at $10 a month. The service has supplied notable instructors such as Gary Vaynerchuk, a social media guru, and Seth Godin, a successful entrepreneur. Skillshare reached $10 million in funding by February 2014.
Shipster is a shipping company claiming they will ship anything anywhere. The company partners with all major carrier services and employs about 100 contractor agents. Shipster’s app allows users to track their shipments and claim that all pickups are made within 20 minutes. They’ve now shipped packages for hundreds of businesses ranging from tech startups to fashion brands and average over 11,000 transactions per month.
Shyp is a major competitor of Shipster. Shyp picks up, packages and ships items through major carriers. The company utilizes an app which allows users to schedule services and even return items they’ve purchased. The company was founded in San Francisco in 2013 and has raised upwards of $62.1 million in venture-capital funding. The company converted its couriers from independent contractors to full-fledged employees, separating Shyp from similar services.
Dropoff is another delivery service similar to Shyp and Shipster. Dropoff allows users to ship anything anywhere at any time. They offer real-time package tracking and instant confirmation when packages are delivered. The company was started in Austin Texas and recently funded $7 million to move across Texas.
One Medical is a service dedicated to users who wish to make doctor’s appointments and request prescriptions easily from one service. The company works with insurance providers and allows users to optimize health care services. One Medical connects users to a network of health professionals in a variety of fields. Offices are in eight major cities from San Francisco to New York.
To wrap things up, many kinds of businesses implement business models similar to Uber. These systems entail software, often apps, which allow users to easily complete tasks through nearly fully-automated services. Many of these companies are highly valued and each has produced substantial venture capital.