Consumer Psychology for a Digital Age

The Uberfication of Everything: Directory of Uber-inspired Businesses

Uber, the on-demand ‘driver for hire’ mobile service (ODMS) has become the poster-child for digital disruption and ‘convenience tech’.

Uber, bank rolled by Google, is disrupting (destroying) traditional taxi services by delivering more ‘value’ (mostly convenience value) to ‘value-maximising’ consumers through a smart mix of ‘regulatory hacking’ and technology.

And so digital innovators are seeking to ‘uberfy’ the world with convenient on-demand mobile services that digitally and conveniently match demand with supply.  Tap your phone, get service. It’s that simple.

Some will flourish, most will fail – (based we think, on the degree that current alternatives are actually inconvenient and offer poor value).

So here’s an evolving master-list of Uber-style services that match on-demand requests with real-time supply… (please message me, or add more in comments – and I’ll update the list)

The Uberfication of Everything: Directory / Master-list


Comments (22):

    • Dr Paul Marsden

      August 15, 2014 at 18:00

      Hi Priti, thanks – great post, and interesting perspective – and debate. Is this trend about ‘humanification’ or ‘rationalisation’?

      Personally, I think Uber-style services can ‘dehumanify’ as much as humanify – you become a interchangeable commodity. I no longer have my driver, I have a cookie cutter driver that changes every ride.

      But what is driving this? – in my view it’s economics. Regulatory hacks and convenient mobile tech are rationalising inefficient and inconvenient markets allowing people to ‘value maximise’.

  1. Jacob

    December 16, 2014 at 00:39

    Nice post Dr Paul! The world certainly is going the way of tech startups to take care of our lives. One company that I think you left off your list though is I believe they’d go under lawn mowing and/or home maintenance (full disclosure I work for this company).


  2. Darren Bush

    May 6, 2015 at 08:20

    Hi, Dr. Paul, you’ve shared great list of companies and i think you have missed a great company providing Same Day Courier Services in UK. I also used there services many time. You can read about them here –

    Keep continue. your great work.


    • Cade

      April 26, 2016 at 01:57

      Your cranium must be prttceoing some very valuable brains.


      May 13, 2016 at 01:41

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  5. Dean Calhoun

    July 13, 2015 at 03:48

    Hey Paul,

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  6. Daniel Dryden

    October 7, 2015 at 21:26

    I love Uber and how things have been adopted to their model. I just wish I lived closer to the city to take advantage of more of these services. Individual can take advantage of this by starting a business with their vehicle with no upfront costs to them.

    Daniel @

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    May 22, 2017 at 17:58

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