Bike-hailing startup, Gokada, has reportedly appointed investor and co-founder, Fahim Saleh as its new CEO. This appointment comes on the edge of mismanagement allegations at the helm of affair of the startup, which led to former CEO, Deji Oduntan resignation in March 2019.
Following his resignation, co-founder and the startup’s lead investor, Fahim Saleh, takes over the rein of leadership. And upon his appointment, he will be charged with helping the startup increasing it’s fleet as well as introducing complementary services in 2019.
An investor and entrepreneur, Fahim Saleh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University. Even while still in High school, Fahim was already an entrepreneur founding an internet company aimed at teenagers, WizTeen. He also went on to found TapFury in 2010, a comapny focused on creating entertainment apps such as PrankDial, a prank calling app.
Fahim Saleh is also no novice to ride-hailing startups. He had previously founded ‘Pathao’, a bike-hailing/logistics startup in Bangladesh. The startup was funded through Hackhouse, an incubator Fahim also founded. The startup is currently valued at over $100 million.
He is also a founder of Kickback apps, an entertainment focused app company and founding partner of Adventure capital, an incubator/funding firm.
He had also invested in Gokada in 2017 when the startup started out.
Speaking to Techpoint about his new appointment, Fahim says he will be moving fully to Nigeria to be able to function in this new position.
“Gokada is more than happy with Nigeria as it is a massive market. There are so many problems to solve and we think we have some great solutions for them. We aim to increase our fleet by multiples and start introducing new complementary services in 2019. We are very aware of competition coming in but we believe we’ve developed a good understanding of the market and how to cater to it. Competition will have to start from scratch and many are distracted with other regions,” Fahim said.
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