Carrie Rengers

Point-Bee to compete with taxis and Uber

Kristyn Smith, a senior designer at Baseline Creative, shows off the Point-Bee logo. It's a transportation alternative to taxi service and San Franciso-based Uber.
Kristyn Smith, a senior designer at Baseline Creative, shows off the Point-Bee logo. It's a transportation alternative to taxi service and San Franciso-based Uber. The Wichita Eagle

Enough about Uber already.

There’s a Kansas company starting its own transportation app as an alternative to taxi service and San Franciso-based Uber.

Point-Bee will begin hiring drivers this week and debut to passengers within a few weeks.

“It’s kind of a fun play on words,” says Nathan Williams of Baseline Creative. “We’re taking people from Point A to Point B.”

Williams is helping “some legendary entrepreneurs in Wichita” – albeit ones who want to remain anonymous for now – with the business.

That means the design firm is not only building the app and handling marketing but also basically launching the business as well.

“We’ve been known to do all kinds of crazy things when our clients request it,” Williams says.

He says app developers often are isolated from the things they create, so it’s an unusual position.

Williams says the entrepreneurs began working on the app about a week before Uber pulled out of Kansas – briefly, as it turns out – over the Legislature’s stricter regulations on its services.

Point-Bee will have some similarities to Uber and a few differences.

Williams says there will be background checks on drivers and criteria for vehicles’ condition.

Passengers can choose to schedule rides in advance – even a day or a week ahead of when they need transportation.

Once they register for the service, they can scan their credit cards and then be ready for travel.

Potential drivers and passengers can find out more at www.point-bee.com.

The business initially will be in Wichita only, but Williams says that probably won’t be for long.

“I think that it’ll grow.”

Williams says the entrepreneurs likely will come forward at some point, too, but he doesn’t mind that they’re not doing so now.

“It fascinates me when someone wants to remain in the Bat Cave.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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