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Initially available on the iPhone, TaxiBeat will allow passengers to see the exact
location of nearby taxis, to hail one with the touch of a button, and leave feedback
about their experience with the driver. With the TaxiBeat iPhone app for drivers,
any taxi driver will be able to join the TaxiBeat fleet and find customers while
on the road. TaxiBeat lets individual cab drivers who have GPS-enabled smartphones
advertise their location to the smartphone maps of its users.
TaxiBeat is poised to quickly gain traction in the Athens taxi market, then expand
to Thessaloniki, and then other European cities. Medium term, TaxiBeat aspires to
become the payment platform for the taxi business using NFC mobile technology.
The TaxiBeat team is 3 strong, consisting of Nick Drandakis (focusing on business
development, marketing management, project management), Nick Damilakis (mobile app
developer and technical director), and Kostis Sakkas (web services developer). Nikos
Drandakis and Kostis Sakkas have worked together in various web projects for the
last 4 years, with the most prominent being the development of sync.gr, a Greek
social networking website. Nick Drandakis and Nick Damilakis are close friends for
the last 2 years.