I highly recommend Handle! Ben, Mona, and Yuan are all at the forefront of mobility policy and analytics. If you combine all of their collective passion with the balanced skillsets each brings, you have a core team that can accomplish just about anything in the new Mobility space. I have worked with each personally, and know that their drive and creativity will bring value to anyone who works with them.
I am writing in support of Handle’s application for the Arcadis City of 2030 Accelerator. I believe that Handle has the potential to revolutionize how we travel in cities, and that the team behind it has the skills and ambition to make the service a success.
All three of Handle’s co-founders, Ben Alpert, Nurvirta Monarizqa, and Yuan Shi, graduated from the Center for Urban Science + Progress (CUSP) at NYU, where I have been a professor since 2013. I personally advised two of them, and am familiar with the team’s work, drive, ambition, and potential. I highly recommend them for acceptance to your accelerator.
I believe that Handle’s focus on biking addresses a segment of the transportation market that needs additional services to succeed, and that the sector currently lacks services that do enough to address consumer pain points. Furthermore, I believe that they have the skills and drive to make Handle a thriving business that positively impacts the urban transit landscape.