A black mother out of San Diego, Ca is making news today after creating the first-ever black-owned ride-sharing service for kids. Shan Cureton is a single mother of three who was having a hard time finding transportation for her children based on her busy schedule that included a full-time job and going to school. She attempted to use ride-sharing services like Lyft for her older children who are in middle school and High school but ultimately didn’t feel comfortable allowing her children to ride with strangers. She also did some research and found out it was illegal for Lyft to transport minors alone.
These experiences sparked the idea for Kiddie Commute, which is a full-service transportation company for kids. She is currently located in the greater San Diego area and covers 37 of the 89 zip codes in the city. Being a Black woman in the male-dominated tech field Shan was ready to take on all the challenges associated with her new company. She was quoted as saying: “There aren’t many Black women innovators in the tech industry.
There is a misconception that you must have a technical background to be successful in the space. I don’t believe that to be the case. If you have a viable problem that needs solving. You start there. All the logistics on how to get it done will start later.” Shan is also motivated by showing her children the importance of entrepreneurship. “Coming from humble beginnings, it’s important to teach my children the meaning of hard work and perseverance. By getting up and pursuing my dreams daily, I’ve already broken the cycle of oppression that plagues our community.” To date, Kiddie Commute had completed over 10k rides and they are the 13th company to become a transportation network in the state of California, and the 6th to have been giving the endorsement to transport children.
Ms. Cureton is currently seeking funding to expand her concept into more regions to help parents worldwide. So that they can continue to grow and provide safe and reliable transport to children across the nation, they are in need of a little support from the community.
How you can help:
You can help by pledging your support via the company’s Kickstarter campaign
To learn more about investment opportunities available, visit www.kiddiecommute.com or contact Shan at email@example.com
Also, follow Kiddie Commute on FB/Instagram @kiddiecommuters and on Twitter @kiddiecommute.