Markus teamed up with his brother Martin Villig, to build the first version of Bolt in 2013 when he was 19 years old. Markus has been featured as the youngest tech CEO in Forbes Europe 30 under 30 list and is the youngest founder of a billion-dollar company in Europe. Bolt is the leading on-demand transportation platform in Africa and Europe, that’s focused on making urban travel easier, quicker and more reliable. The company’s services range from ride-hailing to micro mobility and food delivery. It’s one of the fastest-growing transportation platforms globally with investors including Daimler, Didi Chuxing and Korelya Capital. In 2020, for the second year in a row, Bolt was listed as the third fastest growing company in Europe by the Financial Times (FT 1000).
Bolt is the leading on-demand transportation platform in Africa and Europe that is focused on making urban travel easier, quicker and more reliable. Bolt has more than 30 million users in more than 35 countries globally. We enable over 1M drivers globally to access earnings and provide for their families. The company’s services range from ride-hailing to micro mobility and food delivery. Bolt has 1400 employees around the world. Bolt started with founder Markus Villig’s realisation of how outdated the taxi industry was in Tallinn, Estonia. In addition to being expensive, getting a ride also took unreasonably long, either because of outdated technology or lack of it altogether. Markus borrowed money from his parents that they had originally saved for his college tuition and built the first version of the software in 2013 when he was just 19 years old. He launched Bolt with 50 drivers whom he had personally recruited – and it was a hit. After a huge rush of downloads in the first weeks, he teamed up with his brother Martin, ex-Skype, and technical co-founder Oliver Leisalu to build the next version. 7 years later Bolt has grown into a global company, worth over $1B (a unicorn). In 2020, for the second year in a row, Bolt was listed as the third fastest growing company in Europe by the Financial Times (FT 1000). Bolt’s investors include Daimler, Didi Chuxing, Korelya Capital and TransferWise co-founder Taavet Hinrikus Bolt offers safe, affordable and reliable rides at the tap of a button. Users can request a ride from the comfort of their living rooms and be assured that they can get anywhere they want to go within the city, anytime of day or night. In Kenya, Bolt is in 17 cities and towns across the country and offers a range of options to move around within the app: car, bodabodas and tuktuks.