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Steven Lam

Gogox founder Steven Lam has built Asia’s Uber for vans

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Steven Lam has accidentally revolutionised logistics. He is the co-founder and self-styled cheap everything officer of online logistics platform Gogox, formerly known as Gogovan. Founded in 2013, it has revolutionised the business of hiring vans to transport goods by connecting drivers and their customers quickly, cheaply and seamlessly. After growing up on a public housing estate, Lam dropped out of high school and went to community college in the US, eventually putting himself through the University of California, Berkeley by selling second-hand iPhones and bicycles.

He then moved back to Hong Kong and started Boxad, a company selling ads on food takeaway boxes. Inspired by the difficulty the company experienced trying to book vans, he and two friends co-founded Gogovan with a combined HK$20,000 of savings. The company now has operations in mainland China and Southeast Asia, while its 2017 merger with Chinese freight giant 58 Suyun turned it into Hong Kong’s first unicorn. It has raised more than US$375 million from investors including Bank of Communications, Cyberport Macro Fund, Alibaba and Qianhai Fund of Funds.

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The founders of Gogovan met at a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco, where Steven Lam had a job delivering food.

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