Public mobility leader Via acquires mapping startup born out of a hackathon

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Remix cofounders

Seven years ago, Tiffany Chu met Dan Getelman, Sam Hashemi, and Danny Whalen while doing fellowships at Code for America – a nonprofit focused on empowering local governments. After months of slogging together on a grassroots hackathon project, they launched the beta version of a sketching tool that would allow transit planners to quickly design routes and share with the public.

In less than 24 hours, the prototype had gone viral and received media coverage from dozens of technology publications. And thus was born Remix, a platform to empower cities to plan the best possible transportation system.

Today, the California-based mapping platform is working with more than 350 local governments in 22 countries across five continents. It is being used to design hundreds of city transportation systems, impacting the lives of more than 240 million people worldwide.

And that impact is only going to increase because Remix has now been scooped up by Via, a leading software platform for public mobility that has more than 200 partners in 24 countries.

The $100 million cash and equity deal will see Remix and Via combining their strengths in planning and operations to collectively provide an end-to-end digital infrastructure for powering public mobility.

Chu, Remix CEO and Cofounder, says that joining forces with Via represents an incredible opportunity to tackle the biggest mobility challenges that cities must face in the decades to come. “Remix’s mission is to create more livable cities by expanding access within them. We are excited to join forces with Via, a company equally focused on increasing access by improving transportation options available to communities, and empowering cities with best-in-class technology for data-driven decision-making.”

Via, which started out as a ridesharing company in 2012 but has evolved to offer digital infrastructure for public mobility systems, hopes that the complementary capabilities of the two companies will help transportation planning, innovation, and operations teams respond to changing demands in real-time.

“We share a vision for working alongside our partners to create transit systems that are equitable, accessible, and efficient for riders and cities alike. Together, we have ambitious plans to invest in and expand the Remix product suite to offer enhanced capabilities for planning and bus scheduling and operations,” say Via Co-Founders Daniel Ramot and Oren Shoval.

Ishveena is a geospatial enthusiast and a freelance technology writer who has been named among Geospatial World's 50 Risings Stars 2021. With 13 years of mainstream journalism and digital content writing experience, Ishveena is passionate about bringing to the fore the value of location technology to the economy and society. Her clients include GIS corporations, proptech companies, fintech leaders, and some of the world's top drone manufacturers and service providers.

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