There’s a new type of ride sharing service in town. Learn about this innovative idea that aims to add fun, all-season, flexible transportation options to the urban core.
Cincy Chic: What’s Oggo?
Michael Palmer, Co-Founder of Oggo: Oggo is a fun & free transportation solution allowing people to easily navigate downtown, OTR, Covington & Newport from lunchtime to nighttime. We have a fleet of five top-of-the-line, fully electric cars that you can hail via our app (it works similar to other rideshare apps). Look for Oggo on GooglePlay and the App Store.
Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Palmer: Travel, we were inspired by rickshaws in beach towns, different taxi options around the country and funky options like tuk tuks in Thailand. We saw a gap in Cincinnati and had a desire to have more all-season, flexible options in our urban core. The hills and the weather limit other sources of mobility, our cars are built to make it easy and comfortable no matter what month it is.
Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Palmer: There are three founders all based out of Cincinnati; Joe Creighton – owner of Cheapside Cafe and Mecca OTR, Dustin Grutza – Cincinnati start-up community guru and founder of Craftforce, & Michael Palmer – Lifelong designer & Creative Director at Everything But The House. All three are serial entrepreneurs who love calling Cincinnati their home base.
Cincy Chic: Where can readers find Oggo in Cincinnati?
Palmer: First and foremost download the app! Our core area of operation is downtown, OTR, Newport and Covington. As you interact with the city’s urban core for business, museums, sports or entertainment use it to get around. We try to have at least 2 cars on the road at most hours, between 11am-10pm and we push it a little later on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. As long as you are looking to get picked up or dropped off within our zone, Oggo can help get you and four friends there.
Cincy Chic: How much does it cost to ride?
Palmer: It is FREE, we just ask that you tip your driver for their service and time. Oggo can take up to five passengers, you can call it via the app or if you happen to see an empty one, you are able to hail it by hand.
Cincy Chic: What makes Oggo unique?
Palmer: We are focused on moving the city forward and offering an outstanding premium service. Oggo is City Certified, safe and all-seasons. Oggo’s free rides are subsidized by our sponsors, so far we have worked with Jeff Ruby’s and Absolut Vodka.
Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Palmer: Oggo is focused on continuing to improve our app and getting more cars on the road more often. We are continuing to hire hospitable and reliable drivers. We have a few great sponsor contracts in the works and are looking for more businesses that want to partner on a fun and engaging way to interact with the community.