Scooti is a brand new ride-sharing platform now operating in Melbourne and currently providing pickups and scooter rides.
Conceived by a mysterious anonymous founder, who is still involved but focusing on other ventures, Scooti is headed up by chief executive Brett Balsters.
It allows solo travelers to hail a ride through their app, as they would with an Uber, before they’re whisked away to their desired location, unhindered by rush-hour traffic.
The driver provides a helmet, hairnet and fluro vest, and the service only operates in the CBD, where the speed limit is typically 40kph or below.
It’s a model already running in various Asian and European countries, Balsters tells StartupSmart.
“It didn’t exist in Australia, so it seemed like an opportunity,” he adds.
Balsters himself has experience running his own startups, as well as working in advertising and at one point working as a driver for Uber.
He’s been working on getting Scooti market-ready for about 18 months, he says. It’s been in a beta-testing phase since late last year, but finally launched publicly on March 25.
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