Ife Oyedele II is the Co-Founder of Kobo 360. He had his early education at Home Science Association Secondary School and proceeded to the University of Michigan, Dearborn where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Information Technology.
He started a Master of Science in Information Technology program from the University of Michigan Dearborn, which he left to follow his passion, which gave birth to Kobo360.
He has worked in various capacities with several global brands including Mercedes Benz, Financial Services and the CFI Group USA LLC. In 2016, he combined forces with business partner Obi Ozor to launch the asset free logistics start up ‘Kobo360’.
Alongside his co-founder Obi Ozor, they penetrated key markets across Nigeria and learned from business owners about the exact challenges they were facing in their distribution chains and how Kobo360 could provide solutions to those problems. This survey helped the company to build a lean but efficient operation which has been affordable for several businesses.
Oyedele oversees Technology Innovation & Product Development. He is passionate about incubating and developing innovative IT customer solutions.
Kobo360 founded in 2017 by Ife Oyedele II and Obi Ozor, are building a digital logistics platform that enables the development of an efficient supply chain for end-to-end long-haul freight operations, connecting and supporting cargo owners, truck owners & drivers, and cargo recipients. Fresh from their $6mn fundraise just last year, the YCombinator-alumni have had an exceptional year, beating e-commerce platform Jumia to win “Disrupter of the Year” at the 2019 Africa CEO Forum, as well as securing double-digit investment and expanding across the continent.
With only a click of a button on Kobo360 seamless mobile and web applications, cargo owners can simply request for any truck of their choice and have their goods picked up and delivered to the required location through an all-in-one robust logistics ecosystem.
Kobo uses big data and technology to reduce logistics frictions while empowering rural farmers to earn more by reducing farm wastages and helping manufacturers of all sizes to find new markets. Kobo enables unprecedented efficiency and cost reduction in the supply chain, providing 360-visibility while delivering products of all sizes safely, on time and in full.
For example, drivers running trips on the Kobo360 platform are already increasing their monthly earnings by 40%. In addition to this, Kobo360 also provides access to a range of services including access to up to $5,000 monthly working capital, insurance products, and discounted petrol, comprehensive HMO packages and an incentive-based education program for drivers’ families through Kobo360 driver-empowerment programs KoPAY, KoboSAFE and KoboCARE. Kobo360 has drivers from a range of backgrounds on the continent, which is why its apps accommodates local languages such as Hausa, Pidgin, Twi, Swahili and French.
With the AfCFTA coming into effect and Kobo360 planned expansions, more truck drivers will be needed from across the continent and there will be opportunity for them to secure their financial futures.
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