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Sharing Economy

Motorbikes inspire Pathao, Bangladesh's 'two-wheeled' Uber

Bumpy ride to "super app" status smoothed by help from Indonesia's Go-Jek

Pathao claims to have captured 60% to 70% of Bangladesh's motorbike hailing market. (Photo courtesy of Pathao)

SINGAPORE -- Hussain Elius was still in his mid-20s when the rise of e-commerce in Bangladesh gave him an idea -- a delivery startup to serve the growing needs of online retailers. He and his fellow co-founder set up Pathao in 2015, but soon found another use for their fleet of motorbikes, ferrying not only goods but also people through the notoriously crowded streets up Dhaka.

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