Proposal “dashtaxi---ridesharing-with-dash-2nd-att“ (Completed)Back

Title:DashTaxi - ridesharing with Dash (2nd attempt)
Owner:ddpunk
Monthly amount: 92 DASH (6430 USD)
Completed payments: 2 totaling in 185 DASH (0 month remaining)
Payment start/end: 2019-07-17 / 2019-09-14 (added on 2019-07-10)
Votes: 806 Yes / 235 No / 20 Abstain
External information: app.dashnexus.org/proposals/dashtaxi---ridesharing-with-dash-2nd-attempt/overview

Proposal description

This is second attempt of DashTaxi proposal (redefined budget, scope and timeline).
Please downvote the previous one (https://www.dashcentral.org/p/dashtaxi)





We ask you again for your support. We understood that we asked for too much as a team which is unknown in Dash Community. This is why we ask you again to trust us, but this time we ask for less budget for less time to deliver crucial part of the work. During first two months we want to show you our skillset, deliverables and transparency.

Updated features list is available inside the proposal. In general we want to deliver 2 apps (driver and passenger) with features of getting a ride agreement and finalizing it. Also we want to start integrating the app with Dash network.

The team will be 3 fulltime programmers (2 Android, 1 backend), Project Manager and QA.

Here are 2 major concerns that appeared until today in comments and answers to them:   
1. Dash DAO as a shareholder and profits beneficiary.
From the very beginning, we emphasize the importance of transparency for us. We got a lot of questions about cooperation with DIF. We want to be close cooperating with Dash community and share the profits accordingly. We are still having the proces of setting up the company entity for DashTaxi in front of us, and we want to do it with Dash representatives having Dash DAO as a shareholder and profits beneficiary.

2. Cooperation with Dash community members from Venezuela
We initiated communication with VeneuzelaTEAM and Dash Latam. We believe that when building a product in the MVP phase for the local market, we very much need the support of the local community.


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We are programmers from Poland and we present you our idea on how to bring more users to Dash. Our work is supported by @Defacto and @GeorgeDonnelly (who are our advisors). Defacto successfully contributed to Dash with his project (secure.dash.run) and constantly working for the Community. GeorgeDonnelly - you know him from DashLatam.

The idea to build DashTaxi first appeared in 2017 (forum pre-proposal), there was a number of turns until it took its final shape in January 2019 and BinarApps team started building PoC for DashTaxi Android application - the first ridesharing application which incorporates Dash cryptocurrency payments.

 www.dash.taxi | dash.taxi/proposal.pdf | dash.taxi/marketing-strategy.pdf | https://t.me/dash_taxi_newshttps://t.me/joinchat/AAAAAE_ISNIFLmcquwtx7A

Why ridesharing?
In our opinion this is a perfect environment to boost the adoption of Dash instant payments, promote Dash and its unique features and finally to support Dash Evolution. We believe that Dash cryptocurrency can become the first choice of micropayments and the way we think it can be achieved is through a service there is a demand for but at the same time is a pioneer thanks to the Dash payment solution it incorporates.



Project description
DashTaxi is a long term project with the development strategy spanning till 2020. We have started the work on this project by asking ourselves: What are the goals we want to achieve by introducing DashTaxi? We have listed them in the following way:Mission
  • introducing Dash to passenger transport market
  • popularization of Dash cryptocurrency via creation of an example of an application based on such technology, used in everyday life and with high media potential.
Vision
  • showcase of DashTaxi opportunities
  • building an application that is used globally and is an easy entrance to the world of cryptocurrencies and modern forms of transport
Economic goals
  • acquiring 2000 drivers in the first year
  • popularization among customers 500k trips in the first year
  • gathering valuable feedback from customers and drivers (at least 15% of users will share their opinion with us)
  • building brand communication channels exceeding the reach of 500.000 people
  • building a user return rate of at least 25% in the first year
  • 100.000 of registered passengers in the first year
Brand image goals
  • building a sense of security and trust (brands and Dash cryptocurrency)
  • reducing the mental barrier of entry into cryptocurrencies
  • popularizing the use of Dash cryptocurrency in everyday life
  • building high awareness of the DashTaxi brand in South America and the grounds for global expansion
One of the very first choices we had to make when planning the development of DashTaxi was the pilot market we want to target. Knowing that we want the solution to be introduced first in the places where it can bring high value we think the best decision is to start testing in Venezuela. An extensive market research proves the decision is right.The question on where to launch the solution first was not the only one we had to find the the answer to and hence we have carried a number of analysis which you can find the details of here: dash.taxi/marketing-strategy.pdf

Where are we now?

PoC Android App
Knowing what we want to achieve we have decided to build a PoC Android App to demonstrate our capabilities in developing mobile apps and prove the technological choices we made were correct. Make sure to check the below video to get the feel of what we are working towards. 



Videos and animations
Simultaneously we have been working on sample promotional videos and animations which give the idea of how we see the application working, what is the environment we are working in and what is the story behind DashTaxi project



DashTaxi website and dash.taxi domain
What our UX/Graphic designers and frontend developers have also prepared is a web page under www.dash.taxi. We have been also lucky to be contacted with the owner of dash.taxi domain and after months of negotiations we are the owner of dash.taxi domain.


Project Timeline
The very first milestone in the DashTaxi development project is building an Android MVP which we have planned to deliver in 6 steps starting from the 1st of July till the end of October.The time required to complete each of the steps has been estimated based on user stories detailed in the backlog (see dash.taxi/proposal.pdf) and represents the total time required to actively develop and test the application but also to follow SCRUM methodology phases.Below you can see our Android MVP roadmap
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/Xc1TiftgCk5FtkMYRAr8a5fzt4-lojtUcYxpJ6fnpwDFGSX26Etich1kk5zK3VD-3j2C71eXrFgrOo6Fv5fnnBN1u7MEkmPc5cSjebUtlfYHFMN1CbaGBTqTAHDI-oXo2aklOy4F
Yet, this is just a chunk of DashTaxi development strategy broken down into milestones till the end of 2020 as below:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/ucXGS-2PjFHpBAw6GbA_Z7aXuxb9ofFdS1GX0_hmz1n5qcCB_Tfzmo_5_AMXgM8U4uj_FCwp7up_Xroq86Aml0J73wz11ouefUiBfx3lI3njHCvPkAdlRmxx6TRz1YQm0bP2Gbks

About me
My name is Maciej Krasowski (https://www.linkedin.com/in/maciejkrasowski/ | https://fb.com/ddpunk). I come from Poland, city of Lodz. My background is programming (Ruby / Javascript). Since 2014 I am running a software development company called BinarApps (www.binarapps.com | https://clutch.co/profile/binarapps).

About BinarApps
BinarApps is a software design firm developing custom web and mobile software solutions for international growth startups which employ a team of over 70 software developers, graphics and UX designers, system architects, quality assurance specialists and project managers. The company is centrally located in Poland, in the city of Lodz and serves clients from sixteen countries on four continents and has successfully completed over 100 projects from a diverse range of business fields.



Budget
with Dash price at $150

https://dash.taxi/budget.png

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Discussion: Should we fund this proposal?

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0 points,1 month ago
Dear DASH Community.

We are not trying to use DAO as a startup incubator. We have come to DAO with the idea of building a tool that in our opinion works best for Dash adoption. Isn't DAO for that? To spend money on the projects that want to achieve what's the best for Dash? We asked for 92 Dash per month to start building the app that we think as the clever way of gaining attention for Dash. Why building another group of people in another country walking around the shops and begging for the shops to accept Dash. Why not to build a tool and make it working itself for the fame? The only good argument that makes POS merchants using Dash is "cashback". Why we can't give some small Dash amount to each new person in DashTaxi to get into Dash, to feel it and learn what is it and how to live with it?

Here are some point everyone has to hear to understand this project:

- We are building a tool to test the approach in the specific market, which has great network of Dash supporters and perfect environment for a new ridesharing platform
- We are not building another startup to compete with Uber, Lyft, Bolt etc. We are building a tool to fill the niche that it's still nowhere filled. Why Uber has never jumped into crypto? Because investors and shareholders don't want it. And if they do - they will create another Libra - they won't implement Bitcoin nor Dash. We have to at least see if we we can be alive on this market by ourselves, noone will do that fo us - no matter how much Dash from DAO you will spend on it
- DashTaxi entity (company) will be owned by the Community. I am not getting the money from DAO to build a company for myself. Once the pilot shows first successes - we are going to set up the company with DAO as a shareholder. And it's going to be MAJORITY SHAREHOLDER - it means - the Community will decide on the future of DashTaxi

We try to HELP the Community and Dash adoption. We are not wasting Dash from DAO proposals. You can see the updates, progress etc. Where else we should go to ask for a support if not to the DAO and the Community?

We TRY. We created an idea, planned it, adjusted it to current world and to current UX standards. And now we want to deliver our best to test it and see what's going on. I really believe people in Colombia and other places in the world will like it, because:

- it will be their opportunity to get into cryptocurrency
- it will be cheaper than competitive platforms for passengers
- it will be better for drivers because they can earn more and payout earnings asap with CC
- it will be low entry level for any non coiner to get familiar with Dash (WIN FOR DASH) - just add CC, register the phone and start using it, start being owner of first Dash, start learning about Dash; driver will register a car, get accepted by other legitimate drivers and start earning real FIAT money, payout with CC at any time at ATM, but at the same time get into the crypto world, get familiar with Dash (WIN FOR DASH).

It will work the same EASY WAY as Uber is. The one change from users perspective - they will be able to own Dash and get familiar with Dash.

Isn't that what we all want? And if costs a couple of 92 month-proposals - is that that much from the treasury that anyway is distributed to many different projects? Isn't DAO for this?
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0 points,1 month ago
TLDR

- Dash will be major shareholder of DashTaxi

- DashTaxi is not an Uber competition - it's a tool to push the adoption for Dash

- DashTaxi will be easy to use as Uber is - user can register phone, add credit card and get first Dash, driver will get CC from DashTaxi to payout earning in ATM if he's not happy with keeping Dash - both scenarios the get know DASH

- once we test this approach in Colombia - company entity will be set up and Dash DAO will be MAJORITY owner of the company,

- business plan will be created once we deliver sureness our idea works and people start learning DASH
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6 points,1 month ago
I am voting no on this project. The reason is that there is no clear business plan worked out for sustainability or how the business will operate once the app is developed. There are no considerations or planning given to how the project would be managed.

I appreciate that the owners of this project are keen to help DASH grow and that they want to play their part from their expertise as programmers. Passion is is not enough however.

Identifiable road blocks (identified though carefully thought through business plan) could easily bring to a standstill a project like this as a non starter. These possibilities have not been explored in this proposal. Therefore we could be paying for development for an app which we may never be able to use. But to think through a business plan takes a lot of work and is seems proposal owners want to get their funds without doing the necessary hard work. And it is the MNOs funds that is paying for it. Dash is worth nothing without the cash investment we have made in the network. That investment is getting eaten away with non viable projects. I would rather the DASH was burned to keep its value than invest in a poorly planned project.

We have seen from past projects such a KuvaCash the issues involved when there is no clear business plan worked out. Kuva Claim to have delivered on every milestone.. except the one where Dash is mass adopted in Africa.

In the following video it explains a clear set of road blocks why Dash is not suitable for the Kuva project due to liquidity of DASH.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q55NXndtYqo

I disagree with George's comments below the video above. The project is neither interesting or viable for DASH and the project owners are not what I would want to see representing DASH. I stated from the start the Kuva project would not work for DASH and had very little chance of success. I had clearly laid out my reasons in the Kuva proposal over 1.5 years ago. What I wrote has turned out to be 100% correct.

I have had enough of us funding these types of projects that are based on a poorly thought out idea that just sounds good.

If you watch the above video you will see that KuvaCash cannot even work with large Dash payments due to the Dash liquidity and KuvaCash used Bitcoin instead as it was 10 times cheaper. So much for our 1 million dollar investment. Where are the benefits now for DASH from the Kuva project?

It is most frustrating to know a project is not likely to work based on my 29 years of business experience and then see projects keep being funded. Each time Dash is being devalued by issuing that money to these projects. Each time I'm wasting valuable time giving feedback as to these projects only to see them fail one after another. Make no mistake about it. Each project that fails devalues Dash and therefore devalues our MNOs holdings.

When there is no clearly laid out plan the project can expand, changes directions, or fall completely flat on its face and each stage we keep funding and funding it hoping that it can be "salvaged". The reality it is much better to cut off as soon as possible any projects in which a project owner has not thoroughly thought through the business plan and presented it to the community. That should never be allowed to happen again going forward.

We need project owners to provide fully worked out business plans that cover how the business will operate and present a strong case for sustainability with actual time frames. How will it attract customers when there is a barrier to people buying DASH and using DASH? How it will be able to compete against other taxi ride systems? How the system will operate? How will run and maintain the system? How will customer issues be dealt with when there is no organisation behind it? Why customers would want to buy DASH to buy the taxi ride? These are just a few basic questions that have not been answered.

For me this project is not planned out sufficiently well for me to have confidence in it.

I have confidence that the proposal owners are competent programmers but I do not have confidence in the project because there is no worked out business plan for sustainability and tackling the questions I've mentioned above.

In addition I do not see enough of a significant advantage for using DashTaxi over a conventional car sharing business. The owner has stated that the taxi driver will receive more money (around 30%) due to not having a middleman. Although that may be true my concern is with the customer side. I don't think customers would want to purchase Dash to Purchase a ride. It is too cumbersome even with hundreds of Dash purchase points around the city and an in app purchase of DASH.

The business plan concept needs to be thoroughly worked out for me to have any possibility of confidence in projects like this.
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1 point,1 month ago
I agree 100% !
Customers in need of a ride, don't care about Dash or digital payment methods. They just want a ride to somewhere.
It is too cumbersome and complicated to buy a small amount of Dash in order to pay for a ride.
Especially for all the people who have never done something like that ever before, the 98%!
The average customer will just hold a €10 or €20 banknote in the face of the driver and tell him/her "come on now, drive"
A driver would probably die of hunger, if he could only serve customers who have Dash ready to pay.
Ever thought about that?

Customers need to be able to pay in FIAT, for the time being. And drivers getting credited Dash for driving.
But that would be hardly possible when cash comes into play.
And even if drivers would get credited Dash in 100% of cases, it would be of little or very limited usefulness for Dash adoption.

Cannot see the alignment of economic incentives making much sense.
If there isn't a damn good reason for people to use Dash, they probably won't, if they have an easier or more familiar alternative.
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1 point,1 month ago
Hi Vidarte, thanks for the comment


Here are some points that will help you understand our approach:

- We are building a tool to test the approach in the specific market, which has great network of Dash supporters and perfect environment for a new ridesharing platform

- We are not building another startup to compete with Uber, Lyft, Bolt etc. We are building a tool to fill the niche that it's still nowhere filled. Why Uber has never jumped into crypto? Because investors and shareholders don't want it. And if they do - they will create another Libra - they won't implement Bitcoin nor Dash. We have to at least see if we we can be alive on this market by ourselves, noone will do that fo us - no matter how much Dash from DAO you will spend on it

- DashTaxi entity (company) will be owned by the Community. I am not getting the money from DAO to build a company for myself. Once the pilot shows first successes - we are going to set up the company with DAO as a shareholder. And it's going to be MAJORITY SHAREHOLDER - it means - the Community will decide on the future of DashTaxi


We try to HELP the Community and Dash adoption. We are not wasting Dash from DAO proposals. You can see the updates, progress etc. Where else we should go to ask for a support if not to the DAO and the Community?
We TRY. We created an idea, planned it, adjusted it to current world and to current UX standards. And now we want to deliver our best to test it and see what's going on. I really believe people in Colombia and other places in the world will like it, because:

- it will be their opportunity to get into cryptocurrency

- it will be cheaper than competitive platforms for passengers

- it will be better for drivers because they can earn more and payout earnings asap with CC

- it will be low entry level for any non coiner to get familiar with Dash (WIN FOR DASH) - just add CC, register the phone and start using it, start being owner of first Dash, start learning about Dash; driver will register a car, get accepted by other legitimate drivers and start earning real FIAT money, payout with CC at any time at ATM, but at the same time get into the crypto world, get familiar with Dash (WIN FOR DASH).


It will work the same EASY WAY as Uber is. The one change from users perspective - they will be able to own Dash and get familiar with Dash.
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-1 point,1 month ago
Thank you @DeepBlue for your comment.

The reason we started form app development, not precise business plan, is that we first want to create and test MVP in Colombia. It does not mean we haven’t thought this through from a business perspective.

The main value for a start is to create a tool for Dash adoption, where ridesharing if one of the best environments we think. Mostly when it comes to word of moith marketing.

Having built-in exchange included, which is in plans later, the entry lever is quite low for non coiners.

We have prepared this from the basis, business plan is in our roadmap, and it will be creeated in details soon.

We have really put a lot of our tome and money before we asked you for funding.

Most of the point you mentioned where discussed yesterday during Dash News Podcast. Please check this out here: https://youtu.be/sU_66H3yP8s
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-2 points,1 month ago
Please check our discussion about DashTaxi durign Dash News Podcast here https://youtu.be/sU_66H3yP8s
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-2 points,1 month ago
You can find all updates here: https://app.getbeamer.com/dashtaxi/en
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-3 points,1 month ago
So the plan here is to compete against Uber? I would suggest you submit a proper business plan to the Dash Investment Foundation. You have a beautiful office BTW.
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0 points,1 month ago
Not to compete agains uber. We want to create a tool that we believe will bring attention to Dash, adoption to Dash.

Thank you - we love our office too ;)
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0 points,2 months ago
Gratz on getting it passed.
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-2 points,2 months ago
I believe this product has great potential in Latin America, particularly in Colombia and Venezuela where my organization, Dash Latam, is quite strong. We are prepared and indeed eager to pilot DashTaxi there.

And this is not just because we like Dash. This is because Uber dominates the ride-sharing market in Colombia and has essentially no suitable competition. Uber drivers are grumpy and are looking for other options. If the DashTaxi team can produce a decently functioning app, and I think it is wise to have them try at this price point, then I believe there is a market for it here.

Further, we have an interesting number of Dash on/off ramps in Colombia and Venezuela that will assist riders and drivers in getting into and out of Dash.

Yes, Venezuela is a mess right now. But that's why DashTaxi is wisely looking at Colombia for its pilot. And the situation will turnaround in Venezuela soon enough.

Because of my above analysis, I have agreed to become an unpaid advisor for DashTaxi.

Voting yes with my proxied MNO votes.
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2 points,2 months ago
<One of the very first choices we had to make when planning the development of DashTaxi was the pilot market we want to target. Knowing that we want the solution to be introduced first in the places where it can bring high value we think the best decision is to start testing in Venezuela. > Agree. Venezuela is the #1 country on list right now for consumer willingness to switch to a new currency product
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1 point,2 months ago
2) does DashTaxi have some team members that also worked on Abee Rideshare?
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0 points,2 months ago
Thank you for your comments.

We do not have any team members from Abee.
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1 point,2 months ago
Ride-sharing is a part of micro mobility trend, which is seen world wide. Micro-mobility refers to personal vehicles that can carry one or two passengers. Micro-mobility vehicles include small electric cars, electric bicycles, all sorts of scooters – generally small powered micro-mobility vehicles run on charged batteries.
At the service design stage, it must be open to various development perspectives. A service in the field of micro mobility is one of them, and it can be another great thing.
Do you think this is the future?
We recommend an interesting article on this topic -> https://www.futuremind.com/blog/car-sharing-and-transportation-trends
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0 points,2 months ago
i supported your previous proposal and i will support this reduced proposal as well.
Good luck.
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0 points,2 months ago
Same here
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1 point,3 months ago
I believe this is more for DIF but at the actual stage the old way DAO is still the path to follow.
Fingers crossed guys.
I believe you will have to sweat after the positive (hopefully) funding ;)
Going better this time he?
You get my support.
Good to have George as you advisor and the decision of a pilot on Columbia.
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0 points,3 months ago
Hi everyone!

Now it's time to come to put our words into action! We start cooperation with local communities in South America.

We are honored to announce that @GeorgeDonnelly is our advisor!

His experience and knowledge of local markets will be a great support for us. We are getting to work, we have already started a discussion on how to match local markets, here are the most important conclusions:

We have already had first brainstorm discussion with George on how should we match local markets and what best solutions we need to take, here are the most important conclusions:

1. First lunch country
The application will be launched in Latin America. However, due to the better support in Colombia, and less technical complications, we are considering to make a pilot program there. For our knowledge, the Colombian market is mainly developed by Uber and there is the greatest potential for fast market penetration through the alternative - Dash Taxi.

2. Technical problems
We are looking for solutions to handle transactions and orders without internet connection or low internet speed.

3. Drivers withdraws
We consider various forms of withdrawal of funds for drivers. In the first step, we want to analyze three that are the most popular: Nequi, Panda.exchange, Daexs.com. We must consider the pros and cons of these solutions - we will come back to you with further information.

More info to come soon
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0 points,2 months ago
Ride-sharing still evolves and you can see it at every step. We believe that Dash Taxi can also be the basis for building a system that combines many transport services. The core of the application designed by us will be fully compatible to implement it for eg short-term rental or food delivery. The next steps depend entirely on the needs and will of the Dash community.

Market leaders are already testing a comprehensive approach -> https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/23/20706996/uber-monthly-subscription-test-rides-food-delivery-bikes-scooters
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0 points,3 months ago
The Dash Investment Foundation would be a better choice than direct grant funding from the treasury. See if the DIF is an option. God knows no other projects are stepping up and using it so it might as well be you. If it succeeds maybe the others will finally get the memo.
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1 point,3 months ago
Thank you for your comment.

DIF is now in the initial phase. It has just got funded and the board was picked. No structures and plan yet. I believe we will wait quite a while before all the rules be prepared and first recruitment will be published. We think we have to catch the momentum, and funding we ask for is 1/4 of what we planned initially.

To be direct and transparent:
1. Once we get funds we start implementing technical part of the project and we will init marketing strategy.
2. Winning this funding doesn't mean we close ourselves to cooperation with DIF.

WE ARE willing to share this business with DASH organization representatives when it comes to setting up an entity. Whether it's DIF or any other type of organization - we will do it at any stage of our work.
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2 points,3 months ago
voting no, respectfully. The DAO shouldn't be providing seed funding. It is far too unlikely that we benefit from a successful investment. It does seem like a cool project though. If it demonstrated success and needed Dash to push the needle at a later date, I'd be all for a DAO financed partnership.
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-1 point,3 months ago
Hey!
Thank you very much for your feedback. We respect it and fully understand. We believe in this project and we know that we have the right skills and experience to push it forward. We understand the uncertainty of the community that's why we created the second proposal with a reduced budget to minimize the risk on the Dash community side. We want to build and show the value in small steps so that the project is fully transparent. That's why we have already started working on this project. We created the PoC of the app, design branding, communication plan, what we need is some help to finish the app. We believe in this and we will do whatever is needed to make it real.
Let us emphasize that we respect your opinion, but is there anything I can do to change it?
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5 points,3 months ago
At this moment DASH and other crypto currencies cannot out perform fiat currency in the developed World in terms of stability, reliability, customer support, numbers of users, merchant adoption and acceptance, ease of use, payment of taxes and a lot more. That is just reality. In the future this will be different as DASH evolves to be able to out perform fiat currency but right now the reality is that DASH cannot beat fiat currency in most developed countries that do not have a fiat currency crisis (e.g. Venezuela). I also have doubts now about Merchant sign up in Colombia because I do not see how that is solving a real world problem that fiat cannot solve. Those merchants in Colombia that are taking dash are doing it out of speculation - not for real world benefits.

Therefore projects which are likely to succeed in my opinion must solve a real world problem that cannot be solved with normal fiat currency OR provide such a huge substantial benefit over fiat currency that it will overcome all the barriers mentioned above.

If the project cannot demonstrate it solves a real world problem that normal fiat money cannot solve then I do not feel we should be voting in those projects and in fact I would rather the DASH was burned from now on to maintain the value of DASH.

I don't care about raising DASH awareness right now. That only increase speculators that leave at the drop of a hat. We are not at that stage in the market life cycle of DASH in my opinion. Right now we need to solve *real world problems that normal fiat currency cannot solve* and focus our money time and energy on those projects alone.

I have some questions regarding this project:

1. What real world problem does implementation of DASH solve in this project that normal fiat cannot?
2. If this project was implemented what would be the measurable increased benefit to either the consumer or the taxi business and how much of an increase benefit would that be over using normal fiat currency?
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1 point,2 months ago
< I also have doubts now about Merchant sign up in Colombia because I do not see how that is solving a real world problem that fiat cannot solve. Those merchants in Colombia that are taking dash are doing it out of speculation - not for real world benefits. > A majority of merchants in Colombia might not be doing that (ie. holding for speculation)--would suspect a majority are converting back to fiat
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0 points,3 months ago
Hi! I would like to answer you questions.
1. In our opinion, the current ride-sharing systems are economically ineffective due to how payments for journeys are handled. For example, uber gets a 20% commission and still this business is not profitable even on macro scale. The use of non-fiat currency will simplify the process of cash transfers. Thus, we will be able to reduce the commission on the crossing with the simultaneous increase in unit profitability. In a long run it can be another factor contributing to the popularization of ride-sharing and its positive impact on many aspects of life are obvious.
2. The first aspect is an immediate cash transfer. The driver immediately receives his payment in Dash. It does not have to reach any limits, make norms. This solution is a game-changer because it let many people participate in ride-sharing, it's not just focused on this drivers. The user will be determined to facilitate the real use of the collected cryptocurrencies without the costs of currency conversion.
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5 points,3 months ago
@ddpunk could you provide specific details about how much saving in real terms will the consumer have and the drivers have. You say 20% goes to Uber management but they also provide a service in maintaining quality of the service, customer feedback, payment issue, customer support, security, maintenance and updating the app, recruitment, promotion of the service and much more. This all requires financial resources to do this management and it is essential if the business model is to work. 20% does not seem unreasonable for running the service by Uber. How will the management service be provided by DASH Taxi? You would need funds to do that.

Customers would have to buy DASH in order to use that service. There are commissions on buying DASH which needs to be figured into the equation an issue they would not have with fiat currency.
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0 points,2 months ago
@DeepBlue - thanks for this comment.

Our first goal is to create an ecosystem and tool to improve Dash adaptation. Dash needs it and it should be environment that's based on micropayments. This is why most of actions made by Dash supporters are oriented around Merchants. We think another step is to go online and create p2p sharing economy for any kind of services and goods. The best start in our opinion is ride sharing. Then we can use our tools to create next p2p platforms for any other services.

And now if you ask how it will be better than Uber if we do not have enough money to be like Uber?

Well... We will do the best we can to fit into the market and make our place there with what we have. We do know it's not easy, but if we don't try, we will loose the momentum. And having The Community behind our back, we will do many interesting and hopeful things. We have the opportunity now to be the first cryptocurrency with it's own dedicated ridesharing platform.

We think we should and have to be there now. Once we are there, we will face the problems you mention. But first - lets do it and begin.

Initial ideas to make money on the platform that at some point will allow us to stop asking for funds are:
- percentage of each ride (much less than Uber)
- percentage of exchanging Dah <-> Fiat (we will provide such possibility later - the plan is to integrate with exchanges and issue a credit card for drivers to payout the earnings asap)
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0 points,3 months ago
Many of you mentioned the subject of user safety in our discussion. We are aware of this and safety is our first priority. That is why we want to cooperate with local communities to develop the best security standards matched to local needs. We believe that in addition to the support of security authorities, there are great opportunities to support security through crowdsourcing methods.

This topic also appears in articles, this one particularly caught our attention.
https://www.drivingsales.com/dan-beres/blog/is-ridesharing-always-safe-hail-no
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0 points,3 months ago
During the process of analyzing the current consumer behavior, we found a lot of convergences. We have an interesting article for you why it was millenials that loved ride-sharing the most.

Link to the article -> https://www.eventbrite.com/blog/ridesharing-trends-ds00/

Remember that this is a group that acquires purchasing power and will soon reach its peak in this regard. Modern products have to go to millenials. We hope that it will be no different for Dash Taxi.
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-1 point,3 months ago
voting yes
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1 point,3 months ago
Voting yes, pilot projects like these are a great way to showcase evolution when it rolls out, and I believe if we want those projects to coincide with evo launch, we need to start now in funding them.
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