Carpooling app Derbii has raised an undisclosed amount of angel funding from Anurag Chauhan, MD, Accenture, and Arvind Modi, Director and CEO, Komli Developers.
Founded in December 2015 by Gaurav Sinsinwar, Prasenjit Singh, Akash Chaudhary, Derbii is a door-to-door pickup and drop service for regular commute in Delhi-NCR. Users can specify their regular route on Derbii’s app and are matched with others going and returning their way. The car-pooling fare for users is INR 50 for the first 5 kms and post that INR 3.5/ km.
Founder Gaurav Sinsinwar said, “We’ve been committed to the idea of economical, comfortable and, most importantly, end-to-end commuting solutions since close to 2 years with Winwincab and we are excited to be using our experience to build a consumer product in the same spirit.”
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The founders have been working in the corporate taxi space since late 2014 with Winwincab. The company broke even two months back and is running independently and profitably. Working on the corporate model, they realised that with their experience and success with enterprise employee transportation services, they can look at building a product for the consumer, instead of limiting themselves to the enterprise market.
Talking about how Derbii is different from other car-pooling apps present in the market, the team opines that Derbii is a regular monthly subscription-based service. It’s not an on-demand cab service or a bus-shuttle service. Every cab that runs is dedicated to the commuters it ferries and runs door-to-door. There are no common pick-up & drop points and a customer does not need to find connecting transport. They’re picked up from their home and dropped right at their workplace. There is no need to book a cab or seat every day. And, Derbii has a flat pricing structure. No matter what the customer’s daily route, the pricing works on a flat by-the-kilometer model.
The startup will use the newly raised funding majorly towards strengthening its operations systems and technology aimed at doubling the user-base.
Currently, the startup is looking to bring 5000 customers on its platform by the end of October.
Prior to this, Pune-based social commute platform for ride-sharing, Cloudacar raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Amit Choudhary, Snapdeal’s Senior VP (Corporate Finance) and Anuj Puri, chairman real estate services firm JLL India. Sumit Goyal, chief financial officer of Coca-Cola, Nepal also participated in this round. Other startups in the car-pooling space include Orahi, PoolCircle, Let’s Ride, Ryde, Ridely among others.
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