Nov 26, 2020
011. Can Uber Drivers Regain Autonomy?
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Nick was a med student in NYC when I met with him a couple of years ago to start working on a new startup idea of his. Today, he is the Founder & CEO of Hailify, a funded startup which makes the Gomo app - a complete solution for ride-share drivers.

Gomo started with a desire to understand Uber and Lyft drivers, their struggles and needs — and the loss of independence that comes from being managed, and sometimes penalized by a piece of software.Today, Gomo allows thousands of drivers to accept rides from multiple apps without being penalized, to increase safe driving by automating common tasks, to find hotspots, prepare for large upcoming events, and even find nearby public restrooms.



In this conversation we discuss:

[2:41] Nick's early realization about the connection between relationships and happiness

[5:27] How Nick decided to launch a Gomo while in med school, and the needs it's meant to address for drivers.

[7:02] The early research with drivers we did, and how it continued as more drivers signed up to use the app.

[12:07] How doing research with drivers changed Nick's personal perspective and help build empathy with the drivers.

[14:08] Giving drivers their autonomy back. Where Gomo is heading.

[19:08] Business and relationships.

[20:58] Putting medicine on hold, mastering business and the language of entrepreneurship.

[25:15] Goals for the future.

[29:59] Advice for new entrepreneurs.




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