Nekso (company)

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Nekso
IndustryTransportation network company
FoundedToronto, Canada (June 24, 2015 (2015-06-24))
Founders
  • Vahid Akbari (CEO)
  • Azam Mohabbatian
Headquarters,
Canada
Number of locations
10 countries (May 2017)
Key people
  • Domingo Guzman,
  • Milad Zabihi
  • Kevin McLaughlin
  • David Winterstein
Websitenekso.io

Nekso is a transportation network company operating in Central and South America. The mobile app allows users to book a taxi and track it in real time.[1]

History[edit]

Nekso is subsidiary of Blanclink, a holding company that started in Toronto.[1] Currently, Nekso has offices in Venezuela,[1] Panama, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, and Toronto. The application can be downloaded for on devices running Android and iOS, and the user should register a profile with their information, pictures and the payment cards with which they could schedule or cancel the service.[2]

Currently the company is operating in countries in South America and Central America such as Ecuador,[3] Venezuela,[4] Dominican Republic, as well as Colombia, Costarica, Guatemala, Panama, South America, Peru, Argentina, Chile[5] and Mexico.[6] Nekso is also planning for expanding its services to cities in USA and Canada.[7][8]

The Nekso app is available on iOS and Android.[4] It provides a mobile application that serves as a network between users and taxi lines,[4] The taxi user can utilize technology to find taxi service in their vicinity, schedule for a trip and make a transaction.[1] Also, there is panic button that can be accessed by the user and the driver to have his/her location shared if he/she is in danger.[9] At the end of the service the application gives the user the option to rate the driver.[9] The app does not charge passengers, however, it takes a certain percentage of each taxi fare.[10]

There are other similar companies that provide E-hailing services such as Easy Taxi, UnTaxi, Auto Amigo. Unlike Uber that competes with licensed taxi companies around the world, these services partnered directly with taxi firms.[10]

In October 2017, Wall Street Journal reported that Nekso facilitates 400,000 rides per month and also has 140,000 active monthly users on its platform.[11] The company CEO also announced Nekso's plan to expand their services to some Canadian and U.S cities.[11]

Awards[edit]

Blanclink, the parent company of Nekso, was chosen as one of Top 50 Startup by Silicon Valley’s TiE50 in 2015.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Peña, William. "Nekso, el uber de las líneas de taxis tradicionales". PC World. PC World. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  2. ^ Agüero, Selene. "Sustituto de Easy Taxi comenzará a trabajar en el país". LaRepublica.net - Soluciones para profesionales. Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  3. ^ Telégrafo, El (2017-06-19). "Taxistas conversaron con operadora nacional". El Telégrafo (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  4. ^ a b c "Nekso llegó a Ecuador con rápido servicio de taxis". Noticia al Día. Noticia al Día. June 20, 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  5. ^ Noguera González, Jarmon (May 4, 2017). "Nueva aplicación quiere reunir a todos los taxistas ticos". La Prensal Libre. La Prensal Libre. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  6. ^ ""Nekso", la app de taxistas que quiere expulsar a Uber | La Jornada Maya". www.lajornadamaya.mx. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  7. ^ "Nekso Inc will Launch Toronto's First Taxi-Hailing App - WHEELS.ca". WHEELS.ca. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  8. ^ Mckenzie, Kevin Hinton & Ryan. "Taxi-hailing app Nekso to launch in North America in early 2018". BCBusiness. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  9. ^ a b "ENTER.CO". ENTER.CO. Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  10. ^ a b Wong, Christine. "Toronto-based firm launches Venezuela's 'Uber' without taxi tensions". ITbusiness.ca. ITbusiness. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  11. ^ a b George-Cosh, David (2017-10-24). "Nekso Raising Capital for South American Ride Hailing". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  12. ^ "Welcome to TiE50 Awards". www.tie50.net. Retrieved 2017-11-02.