RYDE | World’s First Real-time Carpooling App | Behind the Drive – Ken’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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13 Feb Behind the Drive – Ken’s Take on Carpooling


We are glad to have you for this interview, Ken!

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

I’m Ken, 41 and married. Working in an MNC company as a Sales Engineer, selling scientific equipment to RND Labs, Universities, Tertiary and ITE institutions. I like to engage with people and make friends!

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

I stay at Hougang and work in Jurong. After work, I will have dinner with my wife at Chinatown. I travel around Singapore daily due to my work nature.

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

Introduced by my best friend, Mr. Augustine Chong. I remember the other time we met, he was so happy he got $10 after fetching someone from his workplace. He took my phone, downloaded the app for me and got me started. With RYDE, I am able to do something meaningful – reducing my carbon footprint.

What was your most memorable carpooling experience?

I guess it’s my first RYDE, after I got $15 from my rider! Of course, not forgetting some of my regulars who buys me food and drinks.

Would you support a Singapore start-up?

Sure, especially when carpooling helps reduce the number of cars on the roads!

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