I’m Ritu Narayan, founder and CEO of Zūm, where we’re on a mission to solve an enormous environmental and societal problem that’s been hiding in plain sight: the inefficient, inequitable, $28B U.S. student transportation system.
I’ve worked in tech for 15+ years leading tech companies such as eBay and Oracle. I am now the founder and CEO of Zum, a company we started in 2015, initially envisioning it as a ride-sharing service for kids. I felt so strongly that we had to help mothers with the 4:00 problem - getting kids to and from school and activities when there was still work to be done at the office.
In 2021, after better understanding the scale of the problem, I led Zum’s transformation into a far more ambitious company, dedicated to modernizing student transportation partnering with school districts to provide safe, sustainable, efficient and equitable service. Today, a growing number of innovative school districts, like Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the nation, San Francisco Unified School District, and Seattle Public Schools partner with Zum.
Zum’s technology-driven solutions optimize school bus routes, reduce student commute times, and track children’s arrival and departure from school while connecting parents, drivers, schools and administrators in real time. Zum is the first and only 100% carbon neutral student transportation company, with a commitment to transitioning our entire fleet to electric to reduce diesel emissions and save costs. Zum has been recognized by the Financial Times as one of the Fastest Growing Companies of 2023, named on CNBC's Disruptor 50 list, and selected by Fast Company as a World Changing Idea. I have led our company through several fundraising rounds and our total funding is now over $208 million.
During my downtime, I enjoy spending time with my children, hiking, and I love to travel.
Ask me anything about innovation in transportation, being a product manager, starting a business, fundraising, or anything else!