Easy Ridesharing is just a HopSkipDrive Away

The new service is offering free trials for parents in Pasadena

Monday, January 26, 2015 | 8:39 pm

Local start-up ridesharing service for kids, HopSkipDrive, was founded by three LA-based working moms who set out to solve the challenge of helping busy parents get their kids everywhere they need to go.

Collectively, they have eight children ages 3-12 and they understand the stress of transporting children to all of their activities. They created HopSkipDrive to help take a little bit of the hassle and hectic out of being a parent.

As moms, safety is their number one concern. All HopSkipDrivers are required to have at least five years of childcare experience. Through a rigorous 15-point driver certification program that includes meeting every driver in person, ride alongs, background checks and car inspections, HopSkipDrive ensures drivers are great with kids, safe drivers, and will treat each ride as if their own children were on board.

For busy parents who need a stress-free way to get their kids around town, HopSkipDrive can be your expanded village– help when you don’t have extended family or childcare. Unlike the typical patchwork of carpools, parental chauffeuring, and after-school babysitters, HopSkipDrive is a simple, convenient and reliable solution. It’s as easy as setting up an account online, scheduling a ride, and then enjoying peace of mind that HopSkipDrive has done the legwork for you.

HopSkipDrive is inviting parents to test out the service on them. For a limited time, they’re offering free rides to kids (ages 7 and up) in the Pasadena, South Pasadena, Mt. Washington, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Los Feliz, Atwater,Silver Lake and West Hollywood areas and they are expanding to new neighborhoods every day.

Visit them at www.hopskipdrive.com to schedule your free ride. If you’re looking for your next career move, they are also currently recruiting qualified drivers in the LA area and welcome diligent candidates, particularly caregivers and parents, to apply.

About the Founders

Joanna McFarland – Founder & CEO

Joanna has more than 15 years experience in product and general management. She has a MBA from Stanford University and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Joanna drives her two boys, Jackson (6) and Sam (3), to school, karate, T-ball, and soccer.

Carolyn Yashari Becher – Founder & COO

Carolyn has been practicing law and leading non-profit organizations for more than 15 years. She received her BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley and her JD from UCLA School of Law. Carolyn drives her three girls, Gabi (12), Maya (9) and Ellie (5) to school, gymnastics, tennis, and camp.

Janelle McGothlin – Founder & CMO

Janelle runs her own branding and copywriting firm, Writebrand, Inc., and has been helping companies define their stories for more than 16 years. She received a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Strategic Management from the Wharton School. Janelle drives her three kids, Gus (8), Mattie (5) and Ellie (3) to school, karate, gymnastics, and dance.

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