RYDE | World’s First Real-time Carpooling App | Behind the Drive – Augustine’s Take on Carpooling
RYDE is a community based initiative that uses mobile and geo-location technology to match riders, who request for rides, with drivers going the same way. At the end of the ride, riders donate cash directly to drivers to defray the cost of the trip. RYDE does not take a cut from the donation but charges a booking fee, through a credit card transaction, to facilitate the match.
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28 Jul Behind the Drive – Augustine’s Take on Carpooling

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Thanks for agreeing to be part of this interview, Augustine!

Maybe you could start by telling us a little bit more about yourself?

Will be 34 this year and married with a 1-year-old child. I provide tutoring on a part-time basis. In addition, I run a small business.

Where do you live? What are your commuting patterns in the week?

Staying in the western part of Singapore. My work requires me to travel to mainly the North and Central parts.

How did you know about RYDE? How did it change your life?

As I frequent social media to keep up with developing trends and get more ideas for my business, I chanced upon RYDE! The first thing that came to my mind is why such an idea wasn’t implemented earlier!

RYDE has improved my life in quite a number of ways. I have shared a ride with various professionals across different industries including a lawyer, teachers, accountants, students and even a chef! Having the opportunity to chat even over just a short ride with people from all walks of life has certainly enriched myself and greatly widened my perspectives. There was one trip which I shared with a business consultant and he literally gave me a 30 minute crash course on how I could further develop my business. It was an invaluable lesson!

What was your most memorable carpooling experience?

All my trips have been pleasant as I could not remember any unpleasant incidences. If I were to pick a memorable experience, it has to be this lady who asked me if I was a new driver who just got my license because I was driving too slowly in her opinion.

It so happened that we were travelling along ECP near marine parade and the exit sign says “Road Safety Park” and I casually gestured towards the sign and replied, “Perhaps something they teach there is keeping within the speed limit?” But don’t be mistaken, at the end of the trip, it was a cordial ride and we had a good chat actually! Immediately after the trip though, I took out my driving license and turned it over and it says “passed in 2002”. Just realized how time flies…

Would you support a Singapore start-up?

Certainly! In fact, I have deep admiration for people who take the plunge into a startup knowing the high-risks involved as the time and money spent may eventually come to nothing. When you are an employee planning a budget, you don’t feel the kind of real pressure because the resources do not come from your own pocket. However, in a start-up, every cent you allocate comes from your own pocket. Even if there is funding, you will still be pressured to produce results as you are ultimately answerable in the event of a failure.

Some of the top reasons why many of my friends are not willing to take such a plunge are “I have a family to support” or “It is difficult to get the current pay if I leave”. To me, this is actually a false sense of security given the unpredictable nature of the economy. People frequently end up becoming a slave to their jobs just to survive or climb above each other.

In contrast, building up a business actually builds up one’s resilience as you know there is little room for failure so you will go all out to make sure it succeeds. The biggest perk besides being able to call the shots, you also have no fear of being retrenched!

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