Hauul Technologies Inc. is a participating startup in Batch #2 of The Accelerator, connecting drivers with people who need moving and delivery services for oversized items.
An interview with Ronald Chui and Don Wong, Co-founders of Hauul Technologies Inc.
Hauul Technologies Inc. develops, markets & operates a ride sharing mobile application which allows consumers to submit a move/delivery request, which is routed to crowd-sourced pickup-truck/cargo van drivers.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you started Hauul.
We met in high school and have been talking about starting a company for years. We are both entrepreneurs at heart with a passion for tech. Don has his P.Eng and worked in the oil and gas industry before quitting his job to build his now successful real estate business. Ronald has been in the banking industry for over a decade and currently works as a portfolio manager at a major financial institution.
Hauul came into existence during the downturn in our oil-tied economy when many Albertans began losing their jobs. We decided that we wanted to be a part of diversifying our city’s economy by building an app that would create jobs in Alberta by utilizing our highly educated workforce and excess capacity of trucks that were already on the road. We are now in the final phases of developing an “Uber-like” store-to-door/door-to-door on-demand moving and delivery service.
What problem does your company solve?
We are focused on creating more efficiencies for the “on-demand” generation. You shouldn’t have to drive your car to U-Haul, pick up and drop off the truck, all while being on a tight rental timeline. Want something on Kijiji? You shouldn’t have to bother a friend or rent a truck to pick up that item. We are disrupting both U-Haul and Kijiji moving and delivery services by offering an alternative that is quicker, more convenient and secure.
How do you solve that problem?
We created a smartphone application that connects truck drivers with people who need to move or deliver something in the same day. Anyone with an SUV, truck or moving trailer can be “your friend with a pickup truck”. If you are at Ikea and you find a couch on sale, you can order a Hauul rather than asking a friend for help, renting a truck or paying for in-store delivery services.
Our app screens both drivers and users to create peace of mind, similar to Uber, while allowing users to make quick purchase decisions without the worry of arranging delivery.
How has your experience been at The Accelerator?
The mentorship component has been very eye opening. We are self-funded and have built everything ourselves, so the relationships have been the greatest benefit. Getting into The Accelerator has allowed us to get our name out there and receive great advice from people who are experienced. Having scheduled and timely meetings with other entrepreneurs in the same space as us is priceless.
Tell us about some of your major accomplishments in 2017.
We started building the app at the end of 2016 and we have finished developing both the iOS and Android versions and are already signing up drivers. For a while we were getting one driver sign-up per day with a very small amount of advertising. Our next goal is to target furniture stores and retail stores in general so we can broker deals for our drivers.
What’s next for Hauul?
We are focusing on driver acquisition right now, so our users always have someone to take the job. Next we want to connect with big box stores, which will be a key “a-ha” moment for us as it will show us if they will buy into what we are doing. Moving is often the biggest hassle for buyers of larger ticket items, and our service will allow these stores to sell their sale items in a hurry because they don’t have to worry about delivery. Our grand vision for the future would be to allow any individual or retail store to deliver any size product to their customers within the city in less than an hour or two.
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