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In light of the recent immigration ban that detained thousands of people at airports nationwide and Uber’s missteps in responding to the #MuslimBan crisis, it’s time to take a stand and #grabyourwallet. You maybe looking for an alternative to this popular ridesharing app and may not want to turn to Lyft because one of the major investors is Carl Ichan, a Donald Trump financial adviser. So once you #DeleteUber and get Moovn. Founder, Godwin Gabriel, has created a #MelaninMade alternative worthy of your support. Check out the details below from UrbanGeekz and make sure you download the app today!
Moovn is a ridesharing app that is currently operating in 7 U.S. cities and has plans to rapidly expand in both western and emerging markets. Founded by Tanzanian-born Godwin Gabriel, the mobile application also operates in 3 cities in Africa: Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; and Gabriel’s home city, Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania.
I believe Moovn is changing lives – particularly in Africa and developing markets. For instance, drivers earn more on our platform, are reducing idle time and are able to provide and build their communities.”
Moovn sets itself apart from most ride-sharing applications because it allows the rider to pre-schedule trips up to a month in advance, instead of only being able to request one for immediate service. It also allows different vehicle options depending upon local modes of transportation, such as motorcycles and tricycles in developing economies. Other unique features include the movement of products and services from the marketplace to the consumer and the ability to enable businesses to keep track of their transport logistics.
Coming from a non-technical business background, Gabriel bootstrapped his startup with a burning desire to uplift developing nations. Having a CEO of African descent gives this utility a major competitive advantage in those untapped regions. Gabriel, who has resided in the Unites States for about two decades, admits his heritage is what has a plus for investors. “Operating a business in Africa requires in-depth knowledge of the marketplace, language, cultural dynamics, socio-political influence and so forth.”
He summarizes his vision for Moovn by stating,
I believe technology consumption in Africa is growing rapidly year over year and therefore presents us with tons of growth opportunities to continue our expansion and operations within that continent. He continues, “All-in-all, there are so many business models that can be built upon this platform but our grand vision is to become the Amazon of Africa.”
Those are certainly lofty goals; however, with Gabriel’s drive and determination with the support of approximately 50 employees worldwide, Moovn is looking to become a major player in ride-sharing around the world. He offers inspiring entrepreneurs these words of encouragement:
The journey to success is not easy, but keep the faith. Believe in what inspired you to become an entrepreneur in the first place and let this inspiration fuel your everyday hustle.”
Moovn will be launching in Vancouver, BC within the next few weeks and they are also aggressively planning to expand into 20 cities across the globe between January and March of 2017.
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