How Did iRideNairobi Start?
When Lenny first moved to Nairobi in 2017, Nairobi traffic made him realize how impatient he really was. But to be fair, Nairobi does have some of the world’s worst traffic. Lenny quickly started envying the boda bodas who seemingly effortlessly cruised through traffic. It did not take long for him to decide that he also needed a motorcycle. The problem was that he had never ridden a real motorcycle, only automatic scooters. One hungover Sunday he just decided to go and buy a boda boda. He had it delivered to his flat, watched a few YouTube clips, rode around his parking lot and after a few days ventured out into the Nairobi vehicle maze. From that point he never looked back. The experience of riding a motorcycle through Nairobi, being independent, free to go wherever, whenever was immensely liberating. He enjoyed it so much, he decided to share this experience with others – and thus began the iRideNairobi journey. After experiencing very quick growth, Lenny decided to team up with an upcoming local entrepreneur and visionary – and that is how Steve joined the team. Together they have expanded operations and also opened a first franchise in Mombasa – iRideMombasa.
What Is Our Vision?
At the heart of iRideNairobi is the desire to build a professional and profitable African-run business which creates employment in East Africa. We see ourselves as a start-up which seeks to disrupt the motorcycle tourism and logistics industries in Nairobi via a model of organic growth. We believe in innovation but we are cognisant of the fact that too many start-ups in Nairobi are innovative to the point that they are premised on unrealistic expectations of the market – ahead of their time and ultimately unable to ever become profitable and create sustainable employment. We wish to create a business which is integrated with the local community, which employs Kenyans and mixes modern management principles with a local flavour. Ultimately, we wish to create a company which offers an excellent and reliable service which enables people from around the world to safely enjoy the wonders of Nairobi, Kenya and Africa.