Our Story

SafeBoda’s team came together in late 2014 to bring innovation to the rapidly growing motorcycle taxi industry in Africa. Motorcycle taxis are immensely popular and serve as the lifeblood of most cities in Africa, but they are extremely unsafe and disorganized. SafeBoda is a community of professional, trained motorcycle taxis drivers (boda-boda), offering a safer experience to passengers. Our drivers have beautifully branded, orange equipment allowing anyone to easily hail a SafeBoda in the street or conveniently book one via our mobile app. We are working with industry leaders and innovators to scale our innovation to the 5+ million motorcycle taxis on the continent.

Team

From boda drivers to tech geeks we have a dynamic and ambitious team of entrepreneurs from across Africa

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Ricky
Co-Founder
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Max
Co-Founder
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Alastair
Co-Founder

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Backers

Advisors

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Patrick Bitature

Based in Kampala. Ugandan born pan-African entrepreneur & philanthropist, Patrick is the Chairman of Simba Group of Companies, an East African conglomerate. The group includes Simba Telecom, Electromaxx Limited and Protea Hotel. He is also the Chairman of Umeme Ltd (Uganda Power Utility) and Private Sector Foundation, among others.

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Eric Pohlman

Based in Rwanda. Eric is Co-Founder and Senior Partner of One Acre Fund since 2007. Under his direct leadership in Rwanda, OAF has grown to +180,000 farming households with +1,200 full-time employees. He has spent over 10 years in living and working in East Africa. In 2015, he won the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research, a World Food Prize Foundation award, effectively a ‘Nobel Prize’ for Agriculture.

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Based in London. George is an early stage investor at LocalGlobe, a seed fund started by Robin & Saul Klein. In the past George worked as an Associate at Index Ventures in London, supporting the growth of seed and early-stage portfolio companies. In 2012, George co-founded a start-up in Brussels and London called Kicktable. George is also a former management consultant with Bain & Company.

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Jonathan Block

Based in San Francisco. Jon is a software engineer guru with over fifteen years experience. He is currently the platform engineer at DoorDash and was a senior software engineer at Lyft and helped them grow 15X. He hand-wrote the 1st ad server used by Facebook in 2004. Jon played the role of interim CTO for SafeBoda in late 2016, building our systems architecture.

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Based in Kampala. George is a law graduate from Warwick University and Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. George is Company Secretary, Manager legal and regulatory at Eaton Towers, a leading telecom tower company in Africa. Previous to this an Associate at AF Mpanga Advocates (part of Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group), with a main focus on acquisition financing. George was recently involved in the acquisition deal of Orange Group by Africell in Uganda.

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Based in San Francisco. Kevin is an ex-Google Software Engineer and Founder of Cambly, a start-up that provides on-demand access to English tutors. The company is based in San Francisco. He holds a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Boston University and is an 2014 alumni of the prestigious Y-Combinator accelerator program. Kevin is also a world traveller and discovered SafeBoda in March 2015 during a trip in East Africa.