27 Mar “Find a great team…”- Samuel Odeloye. Co-founder, Lara Transport Bot
Startup Story of the week
I have quite some challenges; each day brings with its unique challenge. My favorite dates back to when Lara got shut down on WhatsApp. We were already experiencing a fantastic growth, users were sharing Lara’s contacts in droves, and we were getting lots of great feedback from our users. Then WhatsApp shut us down because of their monopoly on bots on their platform. Thus, we had to regroup and figure out our next directions. But due to the resilience of the team, we were out with Lara.ng in less than two weeks, and we took the party to our location and continued Lara’s growth story there.
We learned with our previous products that we may have been ahead of our users for a couple of years. The majority of our users were not very motivated to navigate their cities by using a map interface. So we pivoted to providing our service to our users in a format they already understand, text messaging. Plus we are very excited about the future of chatbots. We believe chatbots are the new apps.