BLNDED Founders | Tawheed Abdul-Raheem
Tawheed Abdul-Raheem, tripBuddy CEO

About the Founder

Tawheed Abdul-Raheem (or just T for short) came to the United States in 2008 to study computer science in Boston Massachusetts. As an undergraduate student without a personal car on campus, T became reliant on friends, peers, and school-run shuttles as his primary mode of transportation.

Whenever Tawheed wanted to go into the city, or just down the street to the convenience store, he had to facilitate a shared ride for himself. After a while, as you can imagine, this became rather exhausting.

Wishing that there were an easier way to locate and secure carpooling opportunities, Tawheed dedicated his senior thesis to building an app that made it more convenient for his fellow students to track the campus shuttle. The app was essentially a precursor to what would become tripBuddy.

How the Company got Started

After graduation, Tawheed worked as a software engineer for a number of tech companies including Oracle, Sophos, and SANBlaze Technology, inc. In 2014, after two years in the corporate world, Tawheed decided to go back to school and earn his Master’s Degree in Computer Science.

During this time Tawheed became more and more cognizant of the fact that commuter traffic in Boston – particularly around rush hour – was unbearably slow and overly-congested. It also became clear that the main cause of this congestion was the number of cars on the road that were being occupied by only one person – the driver. 

It was out of this realization that idea for tripBuddy was born.

So, What is tripBuddy?

tripBuddy is an employee productivity app that makes it easier for coworkers to carpool to work together. The goal being to reduce traffic congestion, commute times, pollution, and parking scarcity by reducing the number of cars on the road via carpooling. The tripBuddy platform allows friends, colleagues, teammates, and even entire companies to facilitate carpooling opportunities with one another.  

The app optimally matches coworkers who live in the same geographic region and creates a carpool for them. Thus saving HR departments the hassle of creating Excel spreadsheets that detail employees’ carpooling routes.

What Problem(s) is the Company Looking to Solve

Traffic, pollution, parking scarcity, accidents, and long commute times are the main issues that tripBuddy is looking to remedy. Believe it or not, the city of Boston has the worst commuter traffic in the entire country. And tripBuddy is here to fix that. According to a comprehensive study published by the transportation data company INRIX, Boston commuters waste roughly 164 hours stuck in traffic every year. That’s 21 hours more than New York and 36 hours more than Los Angeles, just for context.

But what if there was a way to cut that traffic in half? What if every car that was only being occupied by one person was occupied by two or even three  people instead? It’s simple math. More people per car = fewer cars on the road = less traffic = easier commutes for everyone. tripBuddy’s mission is to increase a city’s quality of life by decreasing the number of cars crowding its roads every day. 

Of all the world’s problems, rush-hour traffic is one of the easiest to solve. The solution is right in front of faces. CARPOOLING. The difficult part is the execution. That’s were tripBuddy comes in. All you have to do is enter some basic info into the app, and it does all of the logistical work for you. Before you know it, you’ll be carpooling to the work like a pro. 

Check out the company’s website for more information about the app and the whole team!

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