Last year the car service Uber came to Dallas and it changed. My. Life.
In case you didn't know, Uber is "a technology company that has developed a software that allows anyone to request a ride via mobile app, text message, or the web."
Dallas isn't the type of city where people use cabs regularly. We all have cars, and public transportation is difficult because it's not incredibly advanced. The primary purpose of cabs in this region of the world is so that those who have had a bit too much to drink can get home safely.
For a market that has little to no need for cab service, the people of Dallas have embraced it wholeheartedly.
This is in part because it's amazing. You download the app, request a car and it's there at your doorstep. The drivers are courteous and you can rate them after and the entire transaction is handled on your phone.
The future is now, my friends! And if a company can come in a revolutionize the stale, stagnant taxicab industry, why not credit unions? How long before we get a credit union that is a total package of what banking should be like in 2014?
I'm waiting for some enterprising credit union to make the the entire experience self-contained within an app. Is this a pipe dream? Are there credit unions out there already doing this and doing it well? Let us know below!
DeAndre Upshaw is a former Young & Free Texas Spokester. He's a marketing professional living in Dallas and a Beyonce enthusiast. DeAndre is the host and executive producer of The State of Awesome. Follow him on Twitter and check out his personal website.