Founded in 2017, Skip is the latest electric scooter company to enter the market. Skip stands out from the competition by offering an online safety class, as well as free helmets that can be ordered online.
Shalin Mantri, formerly of Uber, designed the scooters, which come with rear-facing cameras, a retractable lock, and a battery that can be swapped out, so there is no downtime for charging. Renters do not have access to the camera, it is designed to keep records so Skip can monitor parking compliance and learn about rider behavior.
CEO Sanjay Dastoor hopes the retractable lock will help stop the theft of scooters, which has been a problem for other companies. The company has also made their scooter a bit sturdier in hopes that they last longer since some scooter companies have reported that, with frequent use, scooters have worn out within 2 months.
Skip is currently the only scooter company that hasn’t been hit with a cease and desist order, according to CEO Sanjay Dastoor. The scooters are currently being used in San Francisco and Washington, D. C.
Originally called Waybots, Skip executives worked with city officials, rather than dumping scooters on city streets than asking for forgiveness. By learning from the mistakes of other scooter companies, such as Bird and Lime, Skip hopes to take over the scooter market.
The corporate office for Skip is located in San Francisco, California.