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Businesses across the country have a mobility problem and Draiver is set to flip mobility tech on its head in 2020, said Zarif Haque.
Elevator pitch: Draiver is an artificial intelligence-based, self-learning logistics platform that moves vehicles by planning, executing and instructing drivers.
•Founders: Zarif Haque, Kevin Burke
• Founding year: 2013 (launched in 2016)
• Amount raised to date: $2.625 million
• Noteworthy investors: Tim Barton, David Ferdman, Scott Coons, Brian McClendon, Matthew Vettel
• Current employee count: 19
“Our company is focused on vehicle logistics,” explained Haque, CEO and founder of Draiver — an artificial intelligence-based, self-learning logistics platform that moves vehicles by planning, executing and instructing drivers.
Backed with confidence from board members that include Tim Barton, founder of Freight Quote and Brian McClendon, vice president of products at Uber and creator of Google Maps and Google Earth, Draiver isn’t just another tech company — its a transformative operation that stands to deliver innovative technologies in 2020, never before seen by the public, explained Dan Rizzo, vice president of finance.
“We look at all of the possibilities and we give those options to our drivers,” added Haque in anticipation of a year that could also see the startup close in on significant funding as it pushes the boundaries on what’s possible in mobility tech.
“[We are looking forward to] securing additional intellectual property. We have seven issued patents [as of] today and we are expecting a few more, in addition to some international patents. If we get those we will be untouchable,” he said confident in the company’s abilities.
As its popularity mounts, Draiver’s team is expected to expand in 2020, creating jobs across 30 states and further driving revenue, noted Haque.
“[In 2019] we had our largest revenue generating year. We expect to continue our steady three-times revenue growth year-after-year. We are slow but steady and continuously growing.”
Major partnerships with municipalities, which will put the startup’s latest technology to the test are also expected to be announced in the coming months, the company said.
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