Startups

#EpicFail  ? | The New Uber Logo 

Not to hate on something new, but there were so many things that were right about the old Uber logo.

I keep remembering all the times I was waiting for my Uber and seeing the old “U” emblem on the dash of the car approaching the curb and feeling really happy that my ride had arrived.

With so many people being exposed to this piece of sophisticated, artful, dare I say Iconic branding, what would prompt Uber to change it?

Could it be an erroneous need to be able to ‘Google’ their logo for different times of the year, or customize by geography?

The video Uber sent me via email right after I downloaded the app update with the new icon said the changes they made revolved around the atom and the bit, and how Uber is about creating services the way humans look at things.

Here’s the thing, that’s not what humans appreciate.  Most humans value brands that have a decent corporate culture…how they treat employees & customers, how they treat women, and most importantly how they offer a fantastic service or product (which Uber does).  Maybe even how the company gives back to society. They don’t give a crap about bits and atoms.

The dictionary definition of Uber is “Outstanding” or “Super.”  If the company wants to be more than about ride sharing and wants to take a Google / Alphabet approach, the name Uber has that built into it already.  No need to go into atoms & bits.

As it relates to looking good in the media, let’s face it- Uber has stuck their foot in their mouth a couple of times. The Uber brand has always been an unapologetically ‘good at what they do’ brand that brought utility, affordability, convenience and a bit of style to getting around town.  But the ‘unapologetically’ part doesn’t always do them any favors. Another company (Airbnb) just got burned taking a dig at libraries.   Hey I get these companies are worth a lot of money, but here’s where it becomes an issue.

The problem at Uber like at many companies starts when a senior executive (usually a tech) fails to recognize their own limitations and the expertise and talents of the creative team around him or her.  Not everyone is a Steve Jobs (and don’t forget he had Jony Ive).

You don’t see great brands like Apple, Coca-Cola or Facebook doing this.  Why? Because by consistently being about something over a long period of time has its benefits.  When other companies catch up in terms of technology and price, it’s your brand (and how it resonates across all customer touch-points, along with the quality of your product) that distinguishes you in the market.  This is why it’s so important to know early what your brand is about and stick with it.

There are some tech CEO’s who recognize their own limitations and trust the instincts of the genius design & creative teams they went to painstaking lengths to hire. Then there others who think they know better themselves.

Which one do you think Uber’s is?

Proud to announce the premiere of The Startup on Funny Or Die!!!

Peter Shinkoda & Parvesh Cheena in The Startup

The Startup Episode 1 on FunnyOrDie.com

The Startup stars Parvesh Cheena (From A to Z, Outsourced), Peter Shinkoda (Falling Skies & Daredevil), Sonal Shah (Scrubs), James Kyson (Heroes), Aurelia Scheppers (Every music video imaginable, Expecting Amish), Linc Hand (42, Revenge), K.Harrison Sweeney (Red Dead Redemption), Zabeth Russell (Mystic River, Suburgatory), Bryan Coffee (The Brink), Julia Carpenter (Mad Men, Life with Zombies), Christopher Meehan (Black Box) and Zach Reino (Non-Stop to Comicon).

Created by Manoj Rao & Dave Conde.
Written by Dave Conde, Manoj Rao & James Giordano
Directed by Darren Denison & Bogdan Orlic

Media 11:11 has a new self-publishing website

Hi everyone,

Getting one step closer to our final goal, we’ve launched a new corporate website for Media 11:11.  Check it out for details on our publishing and pricing options.  We’ve even introduced a new option  for artists to showcase their work through the digital portfolio plan.

We’re continually expanding the site and will be offering access to our publishing platform from it shortly!

We’ve also moved our self-publishing blog to the site as well (don’t worry, still powered by WordPress).  Check it out at http://blog.media1111.com

The best is yet to come.

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Preview of Teaser Creative for The Startup Sitcom

Checkout some of the teaser creative for The Startup sitcom pilot starring Parvesh Cheena from outsourced and Peter Shinkoda from Falling Skies. Pilot season is coming, looking to make a strong showing!

#MyCoworkerIsAnAsshole, #BringYourSpouseToWorkDay, #FriendOrFoe,
#FireSomebodyFridays,
#Funny.

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We gave an LA area startup a fresh new brand identity, redesigned their website and created some breakthrough creative, on a very reasonable budget. We love to work our magic on brands, big & small. The results are very tangible, on a very affordable budget.