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Uber for Kids

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unforgivenman
19 Rider
 Posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Does anyone know a source for the relative sizes in revene, rides or riders of the top ride-hailing services for kids? Here's what I found on ZoomInfo:  HopSkipDrive ($7MM), Zum ($2MM), Bubbl ($1.4MM), Kango ($1.0MM). I have no idea whether, how or to what degree these numbers are accurate or dated. Any ideas? Thanks.

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    TravTravTravis
    170
     4 years ago

    You may have done this already, but they are all funded companies (maybe Series-A), right?  You can definitely see the $ raised, and you may be able to dig around to some of the information that was "pitched."

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    KristenJanetKim
    319 Rider Driver
     4 years ago

    I drive for Zūm, HopSkipDrive and Kango. I find I drive less, drive less at night, and still make about the same as driving more hours for Uber and Lyft. I still do Uber and Lyft, but only on weekends and when school isn’t in session. I am a public school teacher, so I’m used to, and prefer to drive kids. I don’t like dealing with drunks. I’ve only had one poorly behaved kid ever. All of the other kids are as quiet as a church mouse, or they are great conversationalists.

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      MatthewUrist
      17
       4 years ago

      ...but there are always those drunk kids causing trouble. Sigh. 

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    BrianTheScrewDriver
    457 Driver Driver
     4 years ago

    I looked into HopSkipDrive, and read up on a few others.  They aren't so much rideshare companies in a way that you don't really call them on an ad-hoc and as-needed basis on your smartphone.  It's basically a taxi service catering to kids.

    You end up getting a schedule, and you go to specific locations at specific times.  Then you chauffeur these privileged kids to place. The company monitors your every move, in terms of your GPS location, your background your schedule, every drop-off and pickup, etc.

    It's like driving a school bus.  No thanks.  

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      dShaperoMDM
      112
       4 years ago

      +1.  "It's like driving a school bus."

      That's a great way to explain this industry.  They are just calling it "Uber for..."  Smart. 

      and I don't blame them for the rules in place.  That's what it takes to service the children.  and no wonder Uber didn't step in it.  (nor drivers)

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        LCarpenter
        221 Rider Driver
         4 years ago

        It's true.  They only hire previous school drivers and often women with kid-caring experiences.  

        I don't blame them, but this job requires babysitting skills.  Can't pay me enough to do this.

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          BrianTheScrewDriver
          457 Driver Driver
           4 years ago

          Well, don't speak too fast.  You don't know how much they pay.

          Each parent was paying like $17 a kid and they carpool in most cases.  

          and they pay drivers $30/hour.  At least so they say.

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            KristenJanetKim
            319 Rider Driver
             4 years ago

            I’ve figured that I average $20 per ride driving kids. I average less than $15 per Uber/Lyft ride, $10 per DoorDash delivery, and $6 per UberEats delivery. Consequently, I do very few deliveries, but I still do 1-2 a month to show that I’m still around. DoorDash was my only option after I got into an accident last year, and my car was in the shop for 4 weeks. I prefer to think of earnings per trip than per hour, because you have slow periods.

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              ChatswickFan
              264
               4 years ago

              Do you not need a car to do DoorDash?

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                KristenJanetKim
                319 Rider Driver
                 4 years ago  (edited 4 years ago)

                I have seen DoorDash deliverers on a bike with delivery bags on their backs. But some of the distances are very far away. You’d better be in good shape! I suppose you could use a scooter or motorcycle as well.

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    ShadyPeteMD
    189 Driver
     4 years ago

    I know this is a "thing", but is it really taking off?  I am in MD. I don't seen to have a single option,

    I guess 7MM, 2MM, etc., means they are still in their infancy.  wake me up when they are ready

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      srider78
      92
       4 years ago

      There is definitley a market for it.  Parents spend crazy amount of time to drive their kids around.  

      The big question is whether you can build a profitable business around it.  There are roadblocks that will be very expensive, like insurance and driver training.

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    CaptainChampion
    127
     4 years ago

    Anyone remember Shuddle?  

    The company that cuddled kids.  

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      HemiDodge
      363
       4 years ago

      You mean SHUTTLE.   Oh, wait, you are right.  That rhymes with CUDDLE.

      Was that intentional?  sounds a bit creepy.

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    HemiDodge
    363
     4 years ago

    That's gonna be a tough one.  All private companies.  Certainly not making any profits.

    You may be able to derive them through # of drivers and # of rides if they share any of that?