The majority of Americans drive themselves, typically alone, to work. A recent report found that over 75% of workers commute to work in a car and only around 5% take public transportation. Cities with major public transit systems still tend to use a car, in NYC nearly half of workers still drive to work.
Brothers Rob and Jon Sadow Co-Founded Scoop four years ago to shift the paradigm by partnering with businesses to encourage carpooling among employees, and they’re making progress. Scoop recently announced that it has raised $60 million in funding led by Activate Capital, with participation from new investors NGP Capital, Total Group, and BNP Capital and returning investors Index Ventures, Signia Venture Partners, Workday Ventures, and G2VP. The capital infusion comes after a $20 million series B in November 2017 and a $10.6 million series A in during the same period, and it brings Scoop’s total raised to over $106 million.
Scoop CEO Rob Sadow said the fresh funds will be put toward hiring, partly in the C-Suite. Scoop recently brought on Bill Thayer as Chief Revenue Officer, who previously held senior leadership, management, and sales roles at American Power Conversion and fuel cell manufacturer Bloom Energy.
“We’re thrilled to partner with both our investors and customers to help improve what is often one of the worst parts of all of our days: our commutes,” said Sadow. “We look forward to aggressively expanding across the United States in order to meaningfully impact quality of life for commuters everywhere.”
Much like Waze Carpool, BlaBlaCar, Zimride, Pogo, Uber Commute, and other carpooling services on the market, Scoop connects drivers regularly commuting to or from work with neighbors and coworkers. Users type in their home and workplace addresses using the Scoop app for Android or iOS, and next they specify their preferences and indicate whether they’re willing to ride or drive riders. (Scoop runs motor-vehicle-history checks on all of its drivers.) Then, Scoop’s algorithms take into account routes, detours, and favorites to narrow down the most efficient route.
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