HopSkipDrive claims to be founded by 3 mothers and actually was.
Founder and CEO Joanna McFarland has an MBA from Stanford, a BS from Wharton, has worked for 15 years in product and general management, and has two kids.
Along with the other founder mothers she claims to be part of,
“A team that cares as much for your kids as they do theirs.’’
To an extent this appears to be true. Unlike Uber or Lyft, HopskipDrive has its drivers fingerprinted and favors Trustline , Live scan and other safety measures for background checks.
Shuddle's CEO, on the other hand, is Nick Allen who was a co-founder of Sidecar where he clearly worked on his bs – as you can hear in this interview where he claims that Sidecar "really isn't a taxi service at all"...
Like Uber and Lyft, Shuddle formulates long and arcane arguments against using background checks like Trusline and Live scan – which are the standards for child care safety. It's unclear whether Shuddle uses fingerprinting or not. Some places they say they do. In others, they don't mention it.
OOPS - Nick Allen is out at Shuddle. Apparently the company isn't doing too well.
In any case, I would certainly favor HopSkipDrive over Shuddle. Unfortunately, they have a waiver of liability (which is normally used for dangerous activities like parachute jumping or traveling in a war zone) hidden in their Terms where they refuse to guarantee the safety of your kids after all.
I haven't had the luck to have children myself (at least not yet) but I'm advising my numerous cousins, nieces and nephews not to use either service until or unless they get rid of the waivers and guarantee the safety of the children who they transport.
For more detail you can read from my Reply Comments to the CPUC on Unaccompanied Minors below.
Note: The Austin, Texas City Council voted to require Uber and the other tncs to fingerprint their drivers. In this they join San Antonio, Las Vegas, Portland, most of Europe and China among other places.
Remember the days when San Francisco was the leader in consumer protections and social and political innovations? Now we wonder when the Neanderthals who currently run this city and this state will catch up with the rest of the world?