Zum

Zūm is building the world's largest and most trusted platform for children's transportation and care, helping parents by providing kids with professional rides to school, and helping schools by offering an alternative to the $40 billion they spend each year on transportation.

When We First Met
We first met Zūm, then called Liftee, in late 2015. A year later, we reconnected with Liftee’s co-founder, Ritu, a working parent who was tackling a problem she herself faced—how to navigate the inefficient school transportation system. We were impressed not only by the numbers—children in the U.S. take 20 billion rides per year—but by the fortitude and grit required to create a market for cargo as precious as children. We engaged with Ritu and Vivek to offer feedback, and they relentlessly executed like few founders we have seen. In early 2017, we visited Zūm’s headquarters in San Carlos and were surprised to learn that the company, which was building an incredibly robust service, had only a few (extremely dedicated) employees. Their unflagging drive inspired us to partner shortly thereafter as we led the $5M round.

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