ThruDispatch was a new web architecture that enabled independent mobile services operators (towing, locksmiths, any on the road indy) to get jobs directly through an open market connection. I could not get capital for the venture, although I am a domain expert. VC was enamored with social media at the time, and disparaged the concept of a blue collar network of job submitters and virtual fleets made up of independent truck owner/operators. I hope the VC funds and angels that invested in social networks for dogs are happy now with their ad-supported investments.
ThruDispatch was thoroughly surveyed in its target market, with 90% of independent towing, mobile glass, and locksmiths replying that they would support a $20 / month subscription fee.
If I could have written the J2ME myself or found a mobile developer willing to take a piece of the revenues in exchange for coding, ThruDispatch might have been viable.
There is still, currently, no mobile dispatch portal for independent automotive services operators that supports open job bidding, virtual fleet composition, and flow-through dispatches from the job submitter with tracking, ratings, and job order arbitrage (submitting requests for batches of future work at a discount). I think that this was one of my best ideas ever, and I work as an applications analyst!
This page has most of the relevant files and presentations relating to my development plan for an open mobile dispatch platform for the automotive trades.
First, a White Paper that covers issues of the business and some of the advanced issues relating to the groundbreaking concept of "Job Order Arbitrage":
To Understand the background of the venture and where the idea came from, the business model, my background, see the original briefing:
If you care to understand about the Macro Adoption Cycles of Mobile Communications Tech, here is a paper:
The Presentations covering the background of the Independent Service Market and the Architecture of Virtualized Dispatching can be found on my Slide Share page:
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