Our Small Business Snapshot series features photos that represent, in just one image, what the small businesses we feature are all about. Shaun Savage, founder and CEO of GoShare, explains how this image represents his business.
GoShare connects drivers with trucks and vans to people and businesses who need help moving, hauling or delivering on demand.
Once or twice a year I would need a truck for various reasons, but I always owned small cars. After seeing the success that other companies were having with the sharing economy we decided to build a platform to make it easier for people to get access to a friend with a truck when they need it. I started building the software with the help of my friend Assaf Karmon and as we developed the product we started signing up truck and van drivers who were eager to make money driving with GoShare in their spare time. It took us about six months to build a minimum viable product and we launched in May 2015 with about 50 drivers in San Diego and New Jersey.
This photo shows two of our delivery professionals meeting a customer for the first time. The photo perfectly describes our business of connecting delivery professionals with a truck to a customer who needs help moving. The friendly demeanor of the driver is exactly how we expect all of our delivery professionals to work with customers.
The biggest challenges to our business today is that we have 18,000 people who signed up to join GoShare as a delivery professional but we are unable to activate them all. While the business model is scalable, it takes time and resources to open up new cities. Our goal is to offer GoShare to customers throughout the U.S. and internationally within five years. Launching new cities presents new regulatory, financial and operational challenges, but we have a great team in place and we are looking forward to overcoming these challenges together.
Edited for brevity and clarity by Jennifer Post.