Not that long ago, there were two big players in the Czech peer-to-peer carsharing playground – SmileCar and Hoppygo. Then, the two companies decided to join forces and on 11 th July 2018, they launched the brand new HoppyGo platform, bringing an array of innovations and improvements.
With the release of the new application HoppyGo we're not only updating the design, but also including a number of innovations. The application is faster and more stable, and has received a number of new features. These include; better filtering, and an updated registration process.
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For the whole project to run like a well-oiled machine, HoppyGo needs strong partners. It’s backed by ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab, one of the biggest innovators in the country, and renowned Czech transport company Leo Express. Together, they create and develop ideas, test them and turn them into customer-oriented products and services which will bring about the new era of mobility today. An era of easy, safe, efficient and comfortable individual transport. Thanks to this support, HoppyGo is able to grow and improve with each passing day.
This combination of partners also makes it possible to combine car rentals with bus and train transport. Customers will be able to see all the options offered by this comprehensive mobility concept, and have them all invoiced through one app.
ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab is an innovative workshop for new digital solutions, services and technologies by ŠKODA AUTO. For the company, it means another step on the way from a traditional carmaker to a mobility provider. Digitalization and connectivity are the two main pillars of ŠKODA 2025 Strategy and DigiLab helps turn them into reality.
Leo Express is a private multimodal transport group, which started out in 2012 launching a train service on the main railways in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It also operates a large network of bus and minibus lines in the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Austria, Ukraine and Hungary. In September 2017, Leo Express took over a select part of the assets of the German company Locomore and re-started its operation on the Berlin – Stuttgart line, together with FlixBus. Leo Express is the first Czech transport company to operate a railway line outside the Czech Republic and Slovakia. On 20 th July 2018, it launched a new open-access railroad line from Prague to Krakow. It also provides door2door activities such as rides home in Zlín region. In 2016, the company announced their intention to purchase new trains from the world’s largest train producer, CRRC. Leoš Novotný is founder of Leo Express, Peter Köhler is its CEO.
Jan studied international business at Regent’s University in London and he gained experience during internships in Crestyl, Swiss company Banque, Banking Brothers Sturdza and as an advisor to the family holding Charouz Group. He was also behind the successful project “Auto za stovku” (“A car for a hundred”) and spent several years managing the SmileCar team with a steady hand. He will put his management skills to good use as the CEO of the new HoppyGo. Jan has a close relationship to carsharing. He is one of the biggest “opinion leaders” of modern carsharing in the Czech Republic and at the same time, he is a member of the board of management of the Association for Shared Economics, of which the P2P carsharing is an indispensable part
Brian has 10+ years of managerial experience running teams for many large multi-national companies including Microsoft, Ford, Nestle, Colgate, and GSK for a world class marketing company. At HoppyGo he has a new mission that is quite straight forward. His goal is to bring HoppyGo from a Czech startup to a major European player in the P2P Carsharing space. He is taking over operations of a company that’s already a top player in the CZ market, with expansion plans into other CEE markets already on the road map.
During her 15 year-long career in leading positions in banks and telco companies, she gained a vast amount of experience in many different areas. At this moment, her mission is to help ŠKODA AUTO to create future mobility solutions for customers, to enter the digital age with successful synergies with the world of ICT startups, and to implement profitable innovations.
Radim leads the customer care team. His responsibility is, above all, solving problems with rentals. If you call customer care during working hours, it’s quite likely you will speak to him.
Honza went to University of Economics in Prague and in HoppyGo, he’s the one who’s into numbers, tables and internet banking. His speciality is controlling and managing all the financial flows of HoppyGo, which he does with great responsibility. Before he found his ideal job in the financial department of LEO Express and former SmileCar, he went through (as he says) a series of uninteresting positions.
Matej is an experienced marketing generalist with 7+ years of experience working in marketing agencies for clients such as Rosetta Stone, S-Bahn Berlin, Pipedrive, Deutsche Bank, Merck, Lagardere Sports, Microsoft Slovakia or Orange Slovakia. As a CMO, Matej focuses on building a valuable brand that will be recognised as one of the leaders in shared economy industry in CEE markets and on growth of sales via direct response marketing and business development. His personal mission is to help a useful product get a significant exposure and a large user base so all the benefits of car sharing will have an impact on the mass market and will change the way we transport.
He studied physics at Imperial College in London and finance on VŠE (University of Economics in Prague). In London, he worked as a banker and consultant for JP Morgan, KPMG and Deloitte. Before he came to Leo Express in 2013, he worked in Vienna’s Raiffeisen Bank, overseeing the private equity team for central and eastern Europe. Since 2014, he has been a member of the board, and later he became managing director of Leo Express.
Robin Švaříček graduated from University of Economics in Prague, majoring in Accounting and Company financial management. He came to LEO Express through the special program UNI CHANCE, which took him to three internships in Penta Investments, KMPG and Leo Express. One of the reasons why he chose LEO Express was the offer of the lucrative position of financial director. This way, he became a CFO of LEO Express before even finishing college.
His hobbies include modern technologies and cars. His first big challenge was the job of lawyer for ŠKODA AUTO, where he not only got an opportunity to gain experience of the inner workings of VW Group, but also the chance to work on international projects. A next logical step was combining modern technologies and cars, which is exactly what ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab is about.
Do ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab se přesunul z korporátního bankovnictví v oblasti strukturovaného financování, kde pracoval na financování akvizic a jiných komplexnějších úvěrů pro velké korporátní klienty. Práce v týmu ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab si cení zejména pro možnost pracovat na výzvách budoucí mobility a setkávat se s mnoha zajímavými startupy a projekty.
He moved to ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab from the structured finance area of corporate banking, where he worked on financing acquisitions and other complex loans for large corporate clients. He appreciates the job in ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab for the opportunity to work on the challenges of future mobility and to encounter many interesting startups and projects.