I’m the founder of 520 or 90 and I wanted to find a better way to get to and from Seattle via the bridges. I pitched the idea at Startup Weekend and found an incredible team of people who were willing to join me on a wild adventure to make a positive impact on the Seattle community of drivers. Fun Fact: One of the other teams at the very Startup Weekend we went to used to own 520or90.com before it expired days before.
When Gabe pitched the idea for 520 or 90 at Startup Weekend, it had instant appeal to me because I commute across the 520 bridge every day for my day job. Some of my passions are design, disruptive innovation, and music. Fun Fact: I actually don’t drive or own a car. Seattle’s not bad to get around by foot or bus.
I’m passionate about building communities and helping people. What better way to do this than by helping fellow Seattlites make smart decisions and save time and money. This is one of the reasons for being part of the 520 or 90 team, apart from the fact that I love working with entrepreneurs.
Although I rarely cross the bridges anymore, I remember the pain I once felt on my daily commute. I was drawn to the 520 or 90 project because it was a way to make the lives of the good folks in Seattle a little easier. I spend my time pondering consumer experiences and building great products for everyday people to use. Fun Fact: I once challenged a friend to a parallel race across the 520 and 90. I took the 90 and won.
Left to Right: Shashi, Latika, Ambika, Eddie, Gabe, Derek, Andrew, Rustam, Karen
520 or 90 got its start at Startup Weekend Seattle in November 2011. The team of nine came together to build a functional web app in just forty-eight hours. Everyone shared a common goal: to help the Seattle community make better decisions about their commute – saving time and money on the road.