India’s largest Bike Taxi Service Rapido

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Rapido

Rapido is india’s largest bike taxi pooling service based in Bangalore. Successfully running in 75 cities across India.

History of Rapido

Rapido was founded in 2015 in Bangalore by 3 IIT & PSU alumni friends Rishikesh SR, Pavan Guntupalli & Aravind Sanka. Rapido is loved by more than 10 million people with its astounding services.

According to September 2018 report Rapido has over 15000 registered riders in India. As per Wikipedia, they complete 30000 rides on an average per day that was before this COVID thing however their business is also affected now.

Rapido captain

Business Model

Rapido allows its users to book a bike ride online with the help of Rapido App after that the rider who they call Captain arrives at the location for pickup. Rider(Captain) can acces and manage his rides through Rapido-Captain App. Rapido app is available on Google Playstore and Apple store.

Base fare of 15 rupees is included when ride is confirmed and extra Rs.3 per Kilometer is charged for the ride. Riders can use Bikes, Scooters, e-scooters for registering as a Rapido Captain Rider and the vehicle should not be old than 2010 according to Rapido guidelines.

Acquisitions

Acquired GetBike on May 23 2018 deal price was not disclosed.

on August 19 2019 Rapido acquired Mumbai-based startup Vahanalytics, that was regiestered as Urbantanz Technologies.

Funding

Total they have raised $78.4 Million in total funding till date

  1. Got Seed funding of $22.2K
  2. Seed Round of by AdvantEdge Founders amount is not disclosed
  3. Venture round on 25th September of Rs. 27.5M
  4. Venture round on 21 November 2017 of Rs. 24.4M by Skycatcher, Thompson & Taraz Managers
  5. Series A on 1 March 2018 of $4M by Skycatcher
  6. Series A on Jan 24 2019 of Rs.526.7M by Astarc Ventures, India Technology Fund, Integrated Capital, Ka wing, Kevin Kwong, Skycatcher.
  7. Series A on April 23 2019 of $11.2M by Nexus Ventures Partners
  8. Series B on August 18 2019 of $55M by Westbridge Capital

Legal Issues

It was not a smooth road for Rapido in their journey they also faced some bad times. In October 2018 In Coimbatore some bikes of Rapido has been seized as per report they were functioning their operations without the permit of transport department.

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