Bukabus.com is the pioneer in online hiring of contract carriage vehicles. It gives an array of choice to its customers where they can compare the price to book the most suitable vehicle of their choice. Denish Davis, the founder explains the potential of this unorganized sector and his plans to expand this concept to the metros.
Give a brief info about your startup?
bukabus.com is an online portal for hiring luxury buses, mini buses & taxi cars for any kind of trips like study tours, family trips, team outing, pilgrimages, etc. Our portal provides the facility to hire buses/cars online by comparing the features and fares of vehicles near to the starting place. Currently we have launched our operation in Kochi, Alappuzha, Kottayam & Trivandrum. In this year 2019 we are planning to start our service in entire Kerala and to other metro cities like Bangalore & Chennai.
What made you start your start up and what problem does it solve?
Presently the booking of tourist buses and outstation taxis are a difficult task for common man. Entire industry is unorganized and it is very difficult to get good vehicles at best price. This is due to the absence of a common place in which the customers can meet multiple vehicle operators and choose the best vehicle. Because of this problem most of vehicle operators as well as customers are suffering to get best deals directly. In order to solve these problems, we came up with bukabus.com which will help both the customers and vehicle operators. Customers can book the vehicles without any concerns or risk as we have selected the vehicle operators after proper verification and control checks. In effect customers can directly compare the vehicles & prices to book the most suitable vehicle of their choice.
Tell us about yourself, your previous jobs/ventures? What were you doing before this start up?
I am a business analyst with more than 10 years of experience in IT consulting and expertise in business process reengineering in multiple domains like finance & travel sectors. Hence with my experience in travel domain & IT, this concept of online portal for hiring vehicles was developed.
Where is your startup based out of? Why do you think that is the best place for you?
bukabus.com operates from Kochi and have good environment for start-ups to flourish in the initial days.
As a startup founder, what are you paranoid about? What keeps you awake at night?
Daily we should come up with different ideas & strategies to market our business to reach more people. As a technology start-up we must update continuously with new technologies & trends to sustain in this competitive market.
Work hard during the day and take good sleep in the night is my policy. But for sure we will have sleepless nights to meet the adhoc requirements.
Who are your competitions and how are you better than them?
Bukabus.com is the pioneer in online hiring of contract carriage vehicles. Our portal provides the option for vehicle operators to configure their fair charges according to the vehicle features & age. Hence the charges will be different for each operator based on its features & facilities. This helps the customers to get competitive rates for a vehicle according to their requirement. The high-end algorithms and flexibility of our application enables to provide our service in all places like metros or villages, which is not possible for any other portals.
How hard is it to have a work-life balance as a startup founder and how do you manage it?
This is a tough question. First of all, I would like to thank the Almighty. Also, I have to thank my wife Ambily for supporting and understanding my work. Without her support bukabus.com wouldn’t realize.
Have you raised funding? If yes, then we would like to know the details. If no then please tell us if you’re looking to raise?
Not yet. bukabus.com is a self-funded start-up and we need to explore the funding options for expanding to other regions. This is the area in which we need support to know about the processes & best options.
What gets you excited about this company?
From the day one onwards, I am working to bring it to its perfection. This concept is strong enough to change the unorganized travel industry in to an organized business. The high flexibility of the system makes possible to start our service in any location.
Tell us how a day in your life looks like? Your schedule for a day right from the time you get up till you hit the bed at night.
Normally check the messages & news with a cup of tea and spend some time with my children. From nine onward, immerse completely into work.
Tell us about your team and how did you meet each other?
My friend Jitto Josheph is along with me to work for bukabus.com. He completed MTech and currently concentrating on business expansion & technology innovation.
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