Taxi driver Yohannes Taye at San Jose Mineta International Airport in San Jose, Calif. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. Inspired by the valley's social media giants, he's launched a Web site aimed at cabbies nationwide, where they can exchange tips (as in suggestions, not cash), buy and sell tools of the trade and do some other stuff.
Let's just say Yohannes Taye knows his way around Silicon Valley.
He's spent a dozen years covering every square mile in a cab, ferrying fares from Mineta San Jose International Airport to Palo Alto, Gilroy, downtown San Jose, Milpitas, you name it. And as he'd drive passengers to and fro, he'd do what cabbies do: Strike up some chatter, watch for crazy drivers and think big thoughts.