Last month Gokada announced Nikhil Goel as its new CEO. He’s been responsible for leading the Nigeria-based last-mile delivery, logistics and transportation start-up since Gokada tragically lost its founder, Fahim Saleh, in July 2020.
In a conversation with TechCabal, Goel talks about what the company is currently doing and its future plans.
Does Gokada have plans to leave Lagos?
Short answer: Not yet. But he acknowledges that it’s a question they’ve been asked a lot.
“That question has been posed to us lots of times. Even when the ban happened, that was the first thing that came up. People were saying, Hey, you guys should go outside Lagos. The Lagos government is not ready to help you at all,” Goel said.
His thoughts on Gokada’s Competitors
Recently, Estonian mobility startup Bolt announced that it wants to double down on food delivery in Nigeria. Global on-demand delivery startup Glovo also hinted at expanding into Nigeria.
What is Goel’s response to these recent announcements?
He said, “If you think of it, the market just became more interesting because, for customers, every company will have to get better. Internally, I think we have never been more ready…Hundreds of companies can easily put up a site or launch a campaign but the backbone is delivery. Giving the customer a seamless experience is what matters the most.”
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