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Bangladeshi expat sets up Uber alternative in Switzerland

  • Published at 09:17 AM August 18, 2017
  • Last updated at 03:57 PM August 18, 2017
Bangladeshi expat sets up Uber alternative in Switzerland
From the political activist from Bangladesh to the Swiss entrepreneur, Zahangir Alam (inset) and his recently launched 'Your-Taxi' websiteDHAKA TRIBUNE

Zahangir Alam, who came to Switzerland as a political asylum seeker 16 years ago, hopes to shake up the taxi market in Zurich

A political asylum seeker-turned-naturalised Swiss citizen turned his life around after launching a ride-sharing service in Zurich that aims to rival Uber and conventional taxi companies.

Zahangir Alam, 37, said he fled Bangladesh after being hunted by political rivals in 2001. Now, 16 years later, he wants to compete with giants like Uber with his app “Your-Taxi” driving services.

The car-sharing app was launched in Switzerland’s largest city in July with plans to extend the service to Basel and Lausanne, according to the company news release.

After couple of brief stints as dish washer and sous chef, Zahangir became a cabbie in Zurich.

“I wanted to be free,” the news release quoted him as saying.

“Switzerland gave me a chance. Now I want to return something,” he said.

Zahangir employs 70 drivers and operates a fleet of vehicles in the budget, business and comfort classes.

His drivers pay him 10% commission on their earnings but no additional fees.

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