I live 30 minutes outside of Nashville. Nashville is known as the home of country music.
But we also have a thriving downtown area...
A national TV show set in our city...
And a population of more than 650,000.
Yet none of that is enough.
My job is writing about the latest cool things happening in tech. Things like InstaCart, which has everyday people delivering groceries from local stores to your door for a small fee.
And TaskRabbit, which allows local people to charge to do chores for you, such as hanging your blinds or picking up your dry cleaning.
Every day, it seems some new service debuts that lets you order things using your phone. Those things are provided by locals. They all sound so exciting, until you research it.
They start in California, because that's where they're almost always founded.
After they finish testing it out around where they live, entrepreneurs head to the obvious cities: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., etc. Nashville's never, ever on the list. Nor is Atlanta. Nor, I'm guessing is your town.
Most people don't live in big cities. They live in the suburbs surrounding a big city or further out, in the country. That means for the majority of us, even services like Uber and Lyft aren't an option.
Do you ever get frustrated that cool services aren't available where you live?