Pingup users in Boston have been hailing cabs like crazy for months via Top Cab and City Cab. You’ve been asking us to expand to all of Metro Boston and we have!
You can now hail cabs with Pingup in the entire Metro Boston Area! That means that you’ll get the same great service and convenience you’ve been getting in Boston in cities like Cambridge and Brookline.
Why use Pingup instead of those other hailing apps? We’re glad you asked!
Just search “TAXI” or “CAB” on the Pingup App, select the company you want and request a cab.
Posted in Promotion
Want to help make Pingup even better while working in a fun, fast-paced office?! Then this position is for you. Check it out, drink it in, and then get back to firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your application. We look forward to hearing from you!
Job Title: Product Manager, Junior
Requirements: Experience in online Product Management
The Junior Product Manager will contribute to the creation of specifications and the implementation of new features and functions for the Pingup website, mobile applications and systems. The position involves working effectively in a cross functional environment, to deliver high quality products and to manage the products through the product lifecycle. We’ll provide you exposure to the entire product development process from the initial idea thru to launch, marketing and metrics.
As a junior product manager your responsibilities will include brainstorming product concepts and gathering requirements, developing product strategies, working on product modifications and suggested improvements and creating their specs, while working with an enthusiastic team to execute and deliver.
You will work very closely with other product managers, development team members and the design team to leverage tools and technology for product modifications and new products.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
Education, Qualifications, and Special Training
We all know trying to get a taxi in Boston on New Years Eve is an ordeal. The dispatches are always busy and the streets are mobbed with thousands of other people with the same idea as you. With that in mind, Pingup and our friends at Top Cab/City Cab are teaming up to make getting home safely a little less traumatic.
Waiting is a given. It’s New Years eve and the only way around it is to pay VERY hefty surcharges to services that let you cut to the front of the line. However, if you Pingup Top Cab/City Cab, you are guaranteed a response from their dispatchers, as well as an alert when your cab has arrived. No waiting in the cold, no hold music, no redialing. no crazy fees.
Basically, all you have to do is Pingup for your cab and get back to the party. Allow us to illustrate:
Now go forth a enjoy the coming of the New Year – just get home safely, would you?!
Hey BU students*! The semester is almost (or completely!) over and we here at Pingup know that nothing feels quite as good once exams are done than getting rid of the old books. Rather than ritualistically burning them and dancing around the flames, we suggest dispensing with them in a way that brings about yet another amazing feeling: finding money you forgot you had.
Enter Belltower Books, a non university-affiliated service that will buy ANY USED TEXTBOOK you own for CASH. No waiting in long lines at the bookstore to see if they are even willing to buy back any of your books. Simply make an appointment on Pingup with your Belltower campus rep for a time that works for you and leave with cash in your hand and no books to lug home.
In fact, we’ll go one step further, we’ll put money in your pocket AND food in your stomach. Pizza Days in Allston has come on board to help line your stomach before you start celebrating the end of the semester.
Relax and enjoy being done for 2012. You’ve earned it!
*Yes, this promo is for Boston University Students only. Don’t worry, other bazillion college students in Boston, your schools will get a crack at free stuff soon. **Pizza Days is located at 111 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134 and is open from 4pm-3am on the days of the promotion.
Pop quiz: What has more than a few zeros and will help make Pingup better, faster, stronger, and available to more people?
Answer: the $4M we just raised to close our Series A funding round!
We were fortunate enough to work again with Avalon Ventures, a Cambridge, MA and La Jolla, CA- based firm that focuses on early-stage information technology and life-sciences startups. Needless to say, our CEO, Mark Slater, is pretty psyched.
“We couldn’t be happier about this partnership. We had interest from several firms, but from the beginning, [Avalon Managing Directors] Brady [Bohrmann] and Rich [Levandov] were the guys with whom we hoped to partner. We consider ourselves privileged to have their involvement. If you talk to other companies fortunate enough to enjoy their support, I am convinced that they would all concur. We are attempting something transformative and their support gives us the best chance to realize that.”
Rich and Brady will also be joining our board of directors to help guide us as we expand.
Yes, you read correctly, we said expand! We love you Boston and Miami, and we’re going to keep working to make sure that all your favorite businesses are on Pingup, but we also want to spread the text-to-biz love to the West coast and as many other cities as we can. Get ready to see the Pingup logo in a lot more front windows, taxis, hotels, events, etc!
Want Pingup in your city? Start recommending businesses in your area so we know where to start!
The Pingup Team.
Getabl Inc - South Boston, MA 02127
PINGUP. is the leader in consumer text-to-business communications, Founded in 2011, this exciting venture backed startup has experienced immediate local success and now seeks to launch nationally.
The Marketing Manager functions as an integral part of PINGUP’s team in leading and creating a variety of strategies for our: online/print communications, marketing materials, PR, events planning, sales channel campaigns, and user acquisition efforts. Working as part of the marketing team to develop the concept and deliver the message effectively to our customer and user community.
Our marketing team has an outstanding opportunity for a candidate who has:
The ideal candidate will have:
We are looking for local candidates only. No telephone calls. For more information on PINGUP and our service please check out our web site www.pingup.com. To submit an application please email: email@example.com
Telesales Representative - PINGUP – South Boston, MA
PINGUP is the leader in consumer text-to-business communications, Founded in 2011, this exciting start-up has experienced immediate local success and now seeks to launch nationally.
New exciting Boston start-up has Immediate openings for enthusiastic, outgoing sales reps in our South Boston call center. Base pay, generous commission (no cap), and cash bonus .
Opportunities for advancement. Looking for driven individuals that we can quickly train so you can begin making sales in a weeks or less. Phone and computer skills a must.
Are you bright, articulate, hard working and ready to break into sales with a fast-paced start up? Join the awesome team at Pingup as an Inside Sales Consultant, and start building your career now! This is an entry-level opportunity for an Inside Sales Consultant who will have a direct impact on Pingup’s success.
What You Will Be Doing:
● Identify and call local businesses to drive new client acquisition.
● Manage the entire sales cycle, from prospecting to closing.
● Be a key player and contributor to the direction of this growing sales team.
● Crush sales targets on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis.
● Enjoy frequent company happy hours, and good times!
● You are someone who wants to get into sales – and probably has sales experience already.
● You are coachable, flexible and self-motivated. You can hit the ground running, and your drive to succeed is off the charts!
● You are an excellent communicator with professional phone skills.
● You are an achiever: if you participated in competitive sports, the Greek system, or school government, we want to hear from you.
● Enthusiasm is your middle name; you’re the type of person that gets excited about anything and everything that interests you.
● Thinking on your feet isn’t just something you’re good at, it’s something you love. When faced with new challenges, failure simply isn’t an option.
Why Work At Pingup: Too many reasons to list, but let’s start with five:
1 Awesome leadership: work for people you believe in, who believe in you.
2 We’re a meritocracy: this is a place where you will be recognized for your achievements. We’re are growing quickly, and anyone who comes in now will have a direct and measurable impact on the organization. Did we mention UNCAPPED commission?!
3 We have vision: this is a small team that really enjoys working together and is committed to the vision of changing how consumers communicate with business.
4 You will get training and autonomy: we give you the tools and the framework, and you can synthesize it whichever way makes you the most successful.
5 It’s FUN!!: We’re exciting, fast paced, fun, AND located in the middle of it all — in the Innovation District in South Boston.
$36K with on-target earnings of $52K-$58K (uncapped!)
How to Apply:
Email your resume with the subject line “Boston Inside Sales Consultant” to firstname.lastname@example.org
What favorite business of yours would you rather text than call? Is it a pizza shop, restaurant, hair salon, taxi service, hotel, food truck, cupcake shop or retail store? Tell us and you could win a $100 gift card to that business.
Tweet @PingupApp which local biz you want to text instead of call, (include their Twitter ID too), and you could win $100 to spend at that business.
Every Friday in August we’ll be choosing one winner at random to win a $100 gift card to their favorite local business – the first 50 people to tweet, each week, will be entered into the contest. Winner will be randomly chosen each Friday at Noon. Winners will be Direct Messaged via Twitter and will be Tweeted by @PingupApp and @Boston Tweet. Follow us to be notified.
Here’s a sample Tweet:
Good luck and let the Tweeting begin!
WE HAVE OUR FIRST WINNER!!
Congratulations to Gregory Davis (@gregdconsulting) for being our first winner! Enjoy the Sal’s Pizza feast. @PingupApp @Sals_Pizza #texttobiz
OUR SECOND WINNER!!
Congratulations to Bryan Morell (@BWMorrell) for being our 2nd winner! Enjoy Oak Long-Bar+Kitchen on us! @PingupApp @OakLBK #texttobiz
Congratulations to Leah Klein (@ohbabyboston) for being our 3rd winner! Relax, massage at Corbu Spa is on us! @PingupAppa @CorbuSpa #texttobiz
At Pingup, we spend a lot of time thinking about the people for whom we built our platform for, and the businesses with which they will communicate. After all, if we don’t understand that, what’s the point?
When we were planning for the launch of Pingup, we wanted to start with the businesses that were naturally receptive to this kind of product. First we looked for businesses with significant phone call-related pain. Then we looked at which of these businesses serve customers likely to appreciate Pingup.
This led us to the nightlife industry as a great place to start.
We knew that we could establish a beachhead of sorts in the nightlife world because we have some history in the industry beyond simply drinking a lot. As hard as it may be to believe now, our CEO, Mark, was a DJ and nightclub promoter in another life while in college and our Marketing Director, Dade, was once a South Beach nightclub owner/operator. We knew that this was the right first target.
So, why is nightlife such a good fit for Pingup? Well…..their customers tend to be young people who are text-centric in their personal lives and who would never make another phone call if they didn’t have to. When they need information from a business, any business, they feel like it’s a chore and a real pain to look up a number and call that business. The average nightclub fields hundreds of calls per week and most are the same questions over and over. “What’s the cover charge?” “Who’s the DJ?” “Can I wear sneakers?” “What’s the dress code?” These are the types of tiny commercial conversations that are perfect for Pingup and also the ones that require the business to staff a reception desk at all hours of the day and night. In other words, we could solve a pain point on both ends.
We started with a few friends who were in the business and got them signed on. Then the avalanche started. Once nightlife started to hear of Pingup, they all jumped on. You can’t even imagine the high-fives in the office. Royale…Underbar…Estate…Red Lantern…Gem…6one7… Rumor…Venu…they all came on board. In less than a week, Pingup became THE way to text with Boston nightlife. But, it didn’t stop there.
It was a matter of days before the wave hit Miami and South Beach. The most significant nightlife market in the USA was on the Pingup bandwagon. LIV, Arkadia, Amnesia, Mansion, SET, Space, Mokai, Electric Pickle, Vagabond….the who’s who of nightlife were all in.
Now, the biggest nightlife companies in Las Vegas are knocking at the door and are anxious to deploy Pingup so that their customers can text in their questions and table reservations. The high-fives are rampant.
It’s now safe to say that Pingup owns the night. It’s a wonderful thing when all your process and planning pans out and things come together like they were supposed to. So, whether you’re in Boston, Miami or Vegas……Pingup your favorite clubs and you’ll be in. Have fun and party safely!
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Pingup is designed to empower the User. You decide if and when you want to engage an organization, and they are then obliged to respond. No spam, no banner ads, no distractions from your expressed intentions. We believe that this is where the world is headed, and it is our task to support this shift toward The Intention Economy, a buyer-centric business approach that drives us here at Pingup. We believe that Politics should be no different.
When the founders of our country set up this Democracy, they knew that the former Colonies were very different from one another and they wanted the people of the different Colonies to have their diverse interests represented in a real way in the new Federal government. Their solution was to create a Representative Republic. Their idea was that each community would elect a person who was like them and who shared their values then put that person on a horse bound for the Capital where he would be their voice in Federal matters.
Of course, we all know that our current Congress looks little like that. Most of us are convinced that our Representatives today have little concern for what we think or what we care about and only concern themselves with what special interests want. It’s also become nearly impossible to actually communicate with candidates or elected officials, so we rely on their television commercials to figure out if they represent us or not. So, it struck us as odd, and very interesting, when a candidate for Congress told us that he wanted to use Pingup to make himself more accessible to voters in his district.
Jon Golnik is running for the US House Of Representatives to represent the Massachusetts Third District. Our CEO, Mark, Has known Jon for a while and has kept him up to date on what’s happening at Pingup. When we launched a couple of weeks ago, Jon was excited to be the first candidate for Federal office to put his campaign on Pingup.
We thought this was worthy of a press release, so we called Jon and asked if we could speak to him about it. Since most candidates will do anything not to have to answer real questions from real voters, we simply asked about his motivation for being on Pingup. Apparently, he’s a different sort of candidate.
Jon told us that he believes deeply in the idea that the founders had when they set the system up. He asked, “How can I represent people if I don’t know what they believe and what they want from their elected officials.” He went on to say that he knew that people communicate by text these days rather than by phone. Jon views Pingup as a way to make himself more accessible to the voters in the way that his voters were already communicating with others. Wait….seriously? He told us that he saw this as a “powerful new way for voters to speak to him.” He spoke of “near-time” communication with the people who mattered most…..the voters of his district. We loved every word of it.
We decided to put him to the test, so we asked our extremely bright and liberal intern, Sara, to Pingup the candidate. We told her to ask honest questions and to not be afraid to challenge the candidate. She fired up the Pingup web app and sent him a question. The candidate answered back personally and engaged her on the issues. Imagine that….a candidate and a voter having a direct dialogue on the issues. Sara gave him all she had and he responded in kind. After their chat we asked her what she thought and she said, “I don’t agree with some of it but he knows his stuff and it was a very cool experience.”
That’s what America is supposed to be about. We’re supposed to feel free to challenge people who seek to lead us and engage in civil discourse when we disagree with them. They’re supposed to represent us and to care about the things we care about. We will never all agree on politics, but whether you lean right or left, we can all agree that our leaders must be willing to listen to us. They are, after all, our voice in government. We’re now proud to tell you that there’s a guy running for Congress in the MA 3rd who welcomes the hard questions through a system that lets voters engage him their way (through text). That is Jon Golnik, standing by to take your questions via text on Pingup!
P.S. – We’re not trying to tell anyone who to vote for and we’re certainly not endorsing one side over another. As far as we’re concerned, they should all be on Pingup and you should have the ability to text any of them with your questions before making your choice on voting day.