Trying to fix a broken industry is hard. Here’s what we’ve learned.

Two years ago I had an idea that would change my life.

At the time I never stopped to think how this thought would lead me to quit my job to go and work in an industry sector I didn’t have the first clue about. Nor that I’d end up doing a bunch of ancillary stuff I’d normally run a mile away from.

The idea was to build a platform for businesses to order a same-day delivery directly with the individual courier who would be doing the work. It was designed to spell the end for courier companies as they currently exist.

The burning desire to wipe them off the face of the earth came as a result of me taking time off work to wait for a package to turn up, only for it to miss its delivery window by hours. … 

 

Analogue 2.0

Note from Seb: The first courier I ever met in London after I first had the idea for Gophr was Clarence Takunda Chodofuka. I got introduced to him after walking into Full City cycles asking them who the best person to speak to would be. We’ve now had the good fortune of being able to hire Clarence to come work for Gophr. Four weeks ago he got into a crash whilst on the job so we brought him in to work in the office, to monitor at how our automated dispatch system worked and to give us feedback on it. Whilst he was there he offered to write a blog post on what it’s like to work with the Gophr system and the glimpse it’s given him into future of couriering. Here it is…

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Skate me to the river

 

September 2015, 12 months on from the success of the Long Live the South Bank Campaign. Now that the Totally Thames festival is under way we decided it was a good time to look into one of the most iconic and memorable places on the river and the story of its salvation: London’s South Bank undercroft. Jasper; pro-skater and Gophr courier, sat down with us to tell us a bit about what made a group of skaters unite to save their space. Read on to find out what made a vacant space become one of the most recognised places in London. 

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Gophr Interview: The Good Brownie co.

It doesn’t matter who you are, everyone can appreciate the feeling that you get when you eat something that’s really good. David, the co-founder of the Good Brownie company, has a distinct vision for how his brownies should be enjoyed and taste is only the start. … 

 

Interview: Fullcity Cycles

This is the first post in a series of interviews with some of our clients and friends, aiming to highlight the triumphs and struggles of running your own business. Where better to start than the spiritual home of London cycle couriers: Fullcity cycles.

A small bike shop located on Leather Lane in Farringdon, every inch of Fullcity is stuffed with bikes and bike parts, … 

 

A spicy Meat-A-BALL: ECMC Milan

ARRIVAL OF THE FITTEST

So this time it was my turn to immerse myself in a cycle messenger event that’s the largest in Europe and was by all accounts the most well European Cycle Messenger Championships attended for quite a few years. [For this years World’s check out Seb’s experience at the CMWC in April]. … 

 

Bike manufacturing start ups that you need to know about

Cylo bike

The Cylo 1 has been described as ‘The perfect bike’. Created by a former director of design at Nike, it’s a very attractive bike (if a little feminine). There are lots of people … 

 

Product release notes; Version 1.5

Today marks the 10th week we’ve been live and taking jobs. Given that we hit the 500 job mark last week it – with over 40% of those taking place in the last 2 weeks – it seems like a good time to come out of private beta and enter what’s being … 

 

Flashing Lights & Robot Locks; new gear to keep your bike safe and secure

The cycling revolution is happening. Probably at a slower pace than we’d like but it’s happening. We all want to be part of it, but there are some malfeasants out … 

 

What I learned from going to the 23rd Cycle Messenger World Championships in Melbourne, Australia

Five days. Five days in which there was so much to take in that I’m not quite sure where to start. First of all; I wasn’t even …