I founded my first company Rydite, a college carpooling app designed to connect the student body to travel together. At Rydite, I managed our entire product roadmap, marketing efforts, sales, finance, front-end development…the list goes on lol. After 2 yrs and over 3000 active users, two school partnerships later - it was time to hang up the boots for Rydite. For any founder, one of the hardest descisions to make in a early stage startup is knowing when to quit and I personally felt, with my co-founder, that it was about that time to do so.
Before we existed students resorted to posting on social media or trying to phone friends to find a ride. Facebook’s problem is that your post is buried in the feed due to its current structure (ex. if you comment on a post from a month ago it appears at the top of the feed ahead of everything), and has no set posting format. The problem with relying on a small network of friends is that they may not be heading to the same places or leaving at all.
We built a free college carpooling app designed with the college student in mind. We added critical features to make matching more effective than whats out there. We also added features such as rating systems, simple posting for both drives and ride requests, a newsfeed organized based on departure dates and much more.