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Teen Rideshare Company in Houston Texas. VANGO, Rides for your teens.

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momof4
8117 Rider Driver
 Posted 4 months, 1 week ago

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    SmittenKitten
    2004 Rider
     4 months ago

    Such a Debbie Downer today, but so many of these local rideshare companies have gone belly up in the decent years, I don't see anything that will make this one different. 

    I suppose the twist here is that it's only for teenagers and not all age groups. Maybe that provides them with discounts on the insurance that must be a critical part of their operation?

    Whatever happened to HopSkipDrive, GoKart, Zum, and Kango? They seem to exist, but I assume they aren't doing well. 

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      dShaperoMDM
      112
       4 months ago

      Remember Shuddle in Boston? It was a rideshare for teenagers in Newton, Massachusetts (right outside of Boston).  This is why they failed.

      The company offered a much-needed service but parents became increasingly disappointed with it. Online reviews of the company show that the service that claimed to be the safest and most reliable to children, would routinely leave kids stranded, cancel the booking at the last moment or make them wait for long times. Shuddle customer support was also poor and, apparently, often no one would answer or return calls. Although there were parents routinely used the app and coped with the shortcomings since there was no other similar service in the area, there was still a big chunk of parents that would try the service once and vow to never use it again for how inconvenient it was.

      Adding to the service quality, there were also concerns about security since Shuddle did not subject their drivers to fingerprints background checks claiming at one point ...

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      Remember Shuddle in Boston? It was a rideshare for teenagers in Newton, Massachusetts (right outside of Boston).  This is why they failed.

      The company offered a much-needed service but parents became increasingly disappointed with it. Online reviews of the company show that the service that claimed to be the safest and most reliable to children, would routinely leave kids stranded, cancel the booking at the last moment or make them wait for long times. Shuddle customer support was also poor and, apparently, often no one would answer or return calls. Although there were parents routinely used the app and coped with the shortcomings since there was no other similar service in the area, there was still a big chunk of parents that would try the service once and vow to never use it again for how inconvenient it was.

      Adding to the service quality, there were also concerns about security since Shuddle did not subject their drivers to fingerprints background checks claiming at one point that they were too expensive for them or that they were not needed.

      Their business strategy also seemed faulty. Reports state that the company lost a lot of money on several rides and that they incurred losses on every ride they made before 2016. The charged a $9 per month subscription fee plus the ever-changing fare fees, and yet was said to struggle to pay for its operational costs and employees’ salaries.

      Shuddle was unable to raise funds to keep themselves afloat, no one was interested in investing or acquiring them, and they closed down in 2016.

      - Startup Cemetery

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      momof4
      OP 8117 Rider Driver
       4 months ago

      Hop Skip Drive is still around dont know about the rest. Vango takes as young as 10 that I know of not sure if they take younger than that.

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    Uberserge
    1235 Rider Driver
     4 months ago

    There's a whole bunch now, Kango, Hop Skip & Drive, Zum. Shocking Uber hasn't done it, oh I forgot, much tougher background checks, fingerprint and a piss test. 😆

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      WasabiNuts
      34
       4 months ago

      To me, this was a litmus test. If Uber with all its advantages (existing resources, drivers, cash and technology) doesn’t do it, they must have deemed it a bad investment. Probably too much liability, too much insurance, and too much risk. 

      Also, a startup whose business can be dislodged overnight, say when Uber decides to step in, I don’t think I’d a good business idea.  

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    lilly
    1014 Rider Guru
     4 months ago

    Looks like you link is wrong?


    Is it the same company as this VanGo? https://www.ridevango.com/

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    kvemig13
    Driver
     2 months ago

    I am a VanGo driver in the Dallas area and it is a fantastic service for busy parents.  To be selected, I had to have a video interview (extensive), have my Explorer checked out by a mechanic (Firestone), go through a DMV check and a thorough FBI background and fingerprint screening. VanGo gave me a credit/debit card to pay for all of this.  It took some time to be approved, but I made it!  I've been driving for a month, now and I LOVE IT!

    I started with them their first week they opened in Dallas/Fort Worth, which I believe was August 21st of this year (2019).

    I'm not sure what their "official" age range is but I've driven kids as young as 7 many times.

    The website is www.ridevango.com and I think the name of the company is brilliant!  We (Team DFW) are going to make this work!  Try us out.  Have a fantastic day, oh, and if you'd like, today is my birthday (one that ends in a zero) and I wouldn't mind if you wished me a happy birthday!

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      momof4
      OP 8117 Rider Driver
       2 months ago

      Thank you for sharing that info. Would be nice if we could one of these companies here in Philly. Happy Birthday.

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    AliCommons
    31 Rider
     4 months ago

    I can't find anywhere on their page what age passengers they serve. Do teens mean anyone over the age 13?

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      momof4
      OP 8117 Rider Driver
       4 months ago

      I found an article that a mom says, she sends her 10 and 12 yr old with the service.

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    BrianTheScrewDriver
    434 Driver Driver
     4 months ago

    Vango... I get it.  Like the painter.  but that has nothing to do with rideshare or transportation.  It misses the creativity in my opinion.

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      momof4
      OP 8117 Rider Driver
       4 months ago

      I am assuming van (as in mini van) moms drive. Maybe?

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        BrianTheScrewDriver
        434 Driver Driver
         4 months ago

        Yeah, I get that. Like a MiniVAN that GOes. That’s a stretch though. A van is a car type. It doesn’t describe how it is a rideshare, and how it provides transportation for kids. 

        By their theory, even anything the letters with CAR would be okay. Caroline. Carriage. Carousel, Cartwheel. 

        Then again, I guess there are services Called Carma and Cargo, huh. 

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          momof4
          OP 8117 Rider Driver
           4 months ago

          That name is also the name of a camping/sporting goods company in the UK. I looked in the Urban dictionary. I dont think I would've chose this name for a kids rideshare company. LMAO. I get the 2nd defintion is 2 separate words but..... You decide! Would you use it? Lol

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    momof4
    OP 8117 Rider Driver
     4 months ago

    Here is how the app works.


    https://www.ridevango.com/

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    chawes
    742 Rider Guru
     4 months ago

    VanGo, what a name.