Costa Rica is a country that was ranked 51th on a recent WEF Global Competitiveness Report, but its ranked 131th on its roads, out of 144.
I had a 1 hour commute in my last job, and we actually had a carpooling system in place. It was more of a traditional scheme. We had a wall where we had the address of some people, and we were told we should carpool.
I carpooled sometimes, but this job had very flexible hours, so you could get stuck for 2 extra hours if you carpooled the wrong day.
One day I was driving by myself, and 10 minutes into the commute I saw a coworker at a traffic light. We were going to exactly the same place, for the next 50 minutes, and yet both were using our cars. Why?
Right now, the core team is our two cofounders.
Raul Martin has a business major from the University of Costa Rica. He has work experience of more than 3 years, on companies such as Dole Fruit Company, McKinsey and Co, and Copal Amba. (Accounting, consulting, investment banking). His current role is everything business related! Looking and handling meetings with clients/investors, thinking up the business model and relationships with clients/partners, researching other carpooling platforms and bibliography to include best practices, UX interviews with users, handling marketing efforts (branding, website, publicity), pitching, meetings, and everything finance related. Full-time since May.
Rodrigo Estrada studied software design on CENFOTEC, a university dedicated exclusively to digital programs. He has over 3 years of experience building mobile applications for a boutique software firm, and important projects under his belt that are currently being used by the Hondurean government.
His current role is totally focused on the technological solution. Thinking up the requirements and documentation for the app, managing the product process, fixing bugs and handling QA for the whole platform, looking up similar apps to include user friendly design, coding the complete back-end in AWS, finding and making decisions on the ideal tools for the infrastructure, incorporating user feedback into the app and following up with designers to improve the platform. Full time since May.
We have three main advisors we consider part of the team. Juan Muñoz, Alejandro Egea, Manfred Kopper, on the advisors section we delve deeper into our relationship
We believe we have the right team composition for the challenge today. We contract with a designer for some of our marketing documents, and other experts as specific things come up.
In order to launch our app and get to market, the current team will be able to perform. ( we have some clients that have expressed interest in participating during 2016)
However, we plan to grow the team once we can afford to. We would like to hire communications specialist first thing, since we need to create a strong community and set of information that end users should receive and grasp easily. We also need to expand our technical team, to be able to have a faster output on our tools. As we get larger, we would think of hiring a dedicated designer to work on all projects, and customer service reps as needed, since users will definitely will reach out with issues along the way. Most of the positions will need to be filled as our user base gets larger, and that is why we feel at the moment we are the most efficient team possible.