Masabi Secures $20M to Accelerate Global Growth and Put Public Transit Ticketing into Leading Ride Hailing, Journey Planning and Mobility-as-a-Service Apps

Investment from Smedvig Capital and MMC Ventures to fuel expansion of Masabi’s ticketing and payments platform and build on strategic partnerships with Uber, Transit, Jorudan and Keolis


LONDON and NEW YORK, April 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Masabi, the company bringing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) ticketing and payments to public transport, today announced a $20 million growth funding round with investment led by Smedvig Capital with MMC Ventures and other existing investors. The capital will accelerate Masabi’s global expansion of its award-winning mobility platform, Justride, and fast-track the company’s role in bringing digital transformation to transit agencies and operators of all sizes, enabling the foundations for integrated multi-modal journeys.

On target to exceed $1billion in annual transit ticketing sales over the coming year, Masabi will continue building on its recent additions to Justride, which removes the need for passengers to buy a ticket. Instead, they simply tap a contactless bank card, mobile phone or smartcard to travel. These innovations, together with world-first integrations with transport leaders including Uber, Transit, Jorudan and Keolis, are making it easier for people to discover and access public transit services in an efficient and scalable way, helping place public transit at the center of the global Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) movement.

“With over 85 million journeys enabled by the Justride platform in 2018 and partnerships with some of the biggest names in mobility, Masabi is already a category leader and the opportunities for global growth are significant,” said Jonathan Lerner, MD at Smedvig. “The combination of Masabi’s track record of customers, innovation and technology made this investment decision one we feel extremely enthusiastic about, and we are excited about working closely with them to accelerate their global expansion.”

“We’re proud to see Masabi having scaled from London to the world, changing the way people move around cities every day. $1billion in annual ticket sales is only a milestone - the next phase is about partnering with, and powering, those that the public trust to get them where they are going, from transit agencies to ride-sharing and planning apps. As one of Masabi’s earliest investors, it has been great to have Smedvig Capital buy into Masabi's vision." Simon Menashy, Partner, MMC Ventures.

“For too long, cutting-edge innovation in transit ticketing was only available to mega cities with multi $100million budgets. But a quick and easy ticketing experience shouldn’t be the sole preserve of these cities. It should be available to passengers using any public transport service anywhere around the globe,” said Brian Zanghi, CEO of Masabi. “Through innovations such as simply being able to tap a contactless bank card to travel and integrations into the top mobility apps, Masabi is delivering on this vision. As we enter a new phase, having the support of Smedvig Capital, MMC Ventures, Mastercard and our other investors means we can continue to drive the market forward and help ever more cities and transit operators around the world embrace the latest in ticketing and payments technology and the future of practical MaaS.”

Masabi’s Justride platform is currently in operation with more than 50 transport agencies in ten countries, from tier one cities to local bus operators, including Boston MBTA, National Express, New York MTA, HTM The Hague, TAO Orleans, Denver RTD, LA Metrolink, Lurraldebus in Spain, My Fast Ferry in Sydney and Las Vegas RTC.

Integrated mobility delivered to transit agencies around the globe:
Masabi, which developed the first and only ticketing Justride Software Development Kit (SDK) for public transport, enables urban mobility providers such as journey planners and bike-, scooter- and ride-sharing services to integrate public transit into their applications, connecting services for a seamless passenger experience:

  • In April, Masabi and Transit launched an integrated service for riders in St. Catharines, Canada, enabling them to use Transit to access and ride on public transit services.
  • Early in 2019, Masabi announced a new combined solution with Uber and Regional Transportation District (RTD) in Denver – the first US-based transit agency to benefit from an integrated public transit experience within the Uber app.
  • Globally, Masabi’s Justride SDK is now live in France and Spain with SDK partners Kisio Digital and Gertek, and is licenced in Japan through a partnership with Jorudan, Japan’s leading trip planning service.

About Masabi
Masabi provides Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) ticketing and payments to public transport agencies of all sizes around the globe. Through our fare collection platform, Justride, agencies can sign up to mobile ticketing services, deploy an account-based full fare collection solution using a contactless bank card, mobile device and smartcard, and enable Mobility as a Service (MaaS) through the Justride SDK.

Justride unifies account-based and pre-pay ticketing into a single configurable solution. Its SaaS architecture, ‘Mobile First‘ approach and Bring Your Own Ticket (BYOT) philosophy, allows transit providers to deliver innovation quickly, delighting passengers and reducing costs, while increasing operational efficiency and data insights.

Masabi is the category creator for transit mobile ticketing and with over 50 clients across 10 countries the Justride platform is the most widely deployed end-to-end mobile and account-based ticketing solution in operation, serving the largest agency in the USA to the smallest bus operator. It has offices in New York, London, Denver and Cluj. Masabi is backed by Alvarium Investments, m8 Capital, Mastercard, MMC Ventures, Keolis and Smedvig Capital.

About Smedvig Capital
Smedvig Capital is a London based growth capital investor. We are now investing our 14th fund, having deployed more than $800M over the last 20+ years in Series A and Series B funding rounds. We are passionate about finding and supporting the best tech enabled businesses in the UK and Nordics. We pride ourselves on developing a deep understanding of the sectors we invest in. We have a track record of re-investing multiple times to support our portfolio. We roll up our sleeves and get involved when you want our help.

About MMC Ventures
MMC Ventures is a research-led venture capital firm which has backed more than 60 high-growth technology companies from the Seed and Series A stage since 2000. MMC’s dedicated research function enables the firm to have a deeper understanding of the businesses it backs and supports them with strategic projects throughout MMC’s investment.

MMC focuses on scaling enterprise software and consumer internet companies with the potential to disrupt huge markets. The firm has one of the largest SaaS portfolios in Europe and recent SaaS exits include CloudSense, Invenias and NewVoiceMedia. MMC also has a dynamic B2C portfolio including Interactive Investor, Bloom & Wild and Gousto.

MMC’s research team publishes content on its findings via: mmcventures.com, MMC Writes and at @MMC_Ventures.


        

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