Maliha M Quadir, founder of Shohoz, talks about the company's, Shohoz, mission at BBC.
Maliha Quadir of Shohoz says competition is the "biggest threat" in Bangladesh, but the company is working on differentiating itself.
Shohoz, a Bangladesh-based online ride-sharing and ticketing platform, announced today that it has raised US$15 million pre-series B investment led by Singapore's Golden Gate Ventures.
Shohoz, a Bangladesh-based online ride-sharing and ticketing platform, announced today that it has raised US$15 million pre-series B investment. Shohoz lets consumers book car and motorbike rides for their daily commute, reserve bus and ferry seats, and even buy movie tickets from its website and app. It will use the fresh capital for customer acquisition and retention and expand into other on-demand services.
Shohoz facilitates transportation to short- and long-distance commuters, and helps smaller-scale restaurants and other business with sales and deliveries Shohoz, a super app that offers ridesharing, deliveries and travel/events ticketing services in Bangladesh, has closed new round of funding led by Vostok New Ventures, a Sweden-listed investment firm focused on online marketplaces.
Shohoz — which means ‘easy’ in Bengali — started in 2014 offering online bus ticket sales before expanding into other tickets like ferries. The startup moved into on-demand services in January when it added motorbikes and then it recently introduced private cars.
Last month Shohoz welcomed Ravi Garikipati - of Flipkart fame - to its board. Shohoz, the five-year old digital ticketing company, has expanded its business from ticketing to ride sharing and most recently to food delivery.
Shohoz, a ride sharing service provider, started distributing 7,000 helmets among its riders in Dhaka yesterday, said a press release. The distribution is being implemented every day from 11am to 7pm in key areas including Tejgaon, Dhanmondi, Mohammadpur, Motijheel, Uttara and Mirpur.
রাজধানী ঢাকায় অ্যাপের মাধ্যমে যাত্রী পরিবহন (রাইড শেয়ারিং) করছে প্রায় সোয়া লাখ মোটরসাইকেল ও কার। এতে নগরবাসী সুবিধাও পাচ্ছে। কিন্তু এই সেবা এখনো আইনি ভিত্তি পায়নি, এক বছর আগের নীতিমালা কাগজে-কলমেই আছে। রাইড শেয়ারিং কোম্পানিগুলো নিজেদের মতো করে সেবা দিচ্ছে।
Shohoz launched Shohoz Food in about October 2018. It deliberately started with a hyper-local model and then gradually expanded across Dhaka. “We are going to launch in one area first, stabilize operation and then cover all of Dhaka very rapidly.
Fast-growing ride sharing company Shohoj Limited has signed a partnership agreement with Grameenphone Limited at the GP House. Under the agreement, Grameenphone STAR customers will receive special benefits on various services from Shohoz including Shohoz Ride, Shohoz Food and Shohoz Bus, said a media release received today (Tuesday).
“Bus tickets will remain an important part of our business, [there’s] lots of synergy with ride-sharing,” she explained in an interview. “Dhaka has a super dense population with bad infrastructure, if anything there’s a better case for ride-sharing than Indonesia… there’s no subway and transport is a horrid nightmare.”
বাংলাদেশে ‘সুপার অ্যাপ’ হবার লক্ষ্য নিয়ে রাইড শেয়ারিং অ্যাপ সহজ গতকাল (মঙ্গলবার) ঢাকার প্যান প্যাসিফিক সোনারগাঁও হোটেলে চালু করলো ফুড ডেলিভারি সেবা।
রাইড শেয়ারিং প্রতিষ্ঠান সহজ-এর চালকদের নিরাপদ মোটরসাইকেল চালনায় প্রশিক্ষণ দেবে বেসরকারি উন্নয়ন সংস্থা ব্র্যাক। আগামী ১২ই মে থেকে ঢাকার উত্তরায় ব্র্যাক ড্রাইভিং স্কুলে আনুষ্ঠানিকভাবে এই প্রশিক্ষণ শুরু হবে। প্রথম পর্যায়ে সহজ-এর রাইড শেয়ারিং সেবার সঙ্গে নিবন্ধিত মোট ১০০ জন চালককে এই প্রশিক্ষণ দেওয়া হবে।
Bangladesh should be branded as an emerging ICT destination as opposed to being marketed as a place with the cheapest labour, speakers said at the third The Daily Star ICT Awards ceremony yesterday.
Her company Shohoz recently received a $15 million investment from Singapore-based venture capital firm Golden Gate Ventures. In conversation with Dhaka Tribune's Niaz Mahmud, Shohoz founder shared her priotised areas for plan in going forward.
In the last two years or so, Shohoz has been able to install a ubiquitous presence in Dhaka. You would see their green-black spiralling logo on the back of car, on a battery of motorbike riders T-shirt and in helmets and strangely on small signboards hung on the gates of buildings and apartments saying “Don’t park here.”
Ride Sharing systems were introduced in Bangladesh to make its transport ecosystem more agile and digital. In less than five years, it is now the living nexus of the entire country and more so, has given employment to thousands. So, what created such a boost?
As founder and managing director of Shohoz, Maliha M Quadir is in charge of a rapidly growing business that employs 300 people. She was also named one of 100 Young Global Leaders of 2017 by the World Economic Forum.