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Brilliant Business Idea: Generalized Uber

Zach Weinersmith is the artist who makes the webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. He has widely varying interests and great intellectual depth in multiple fields, which is probably why he recently delivered an address to the American Economic Association.

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In a recent tweet, he proposed a fascinating idea: creating a generalized Uber. I have not used this car service before, but I gather that it uses a smartphone app to link up drivers with people who need a ride. It's a decentralized taxi company that offers opportunities to people who have cars and want to earn some money with them.

Weinersmith expands upon this idea, generalizing the Uber business model. What skills do you have that you would be willing to perform for a price? Place those skills and your pricing system on an app that tracks your location in real time. People can contact you as they need you for those skills.

What do you think? Could a business like this one thrive?

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