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goCatch

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Stage

Series B | Alive

Total Raised

$9.8M

Last Raised

$7M | 8 yrs ago

About goCatch

Taxi Apps is the developer of goCatch, a free smartphone application that connects passengers directly with taxi drivers allowing customers to book a cab with certainty every time.

Headquarters Location

65 Stafford St

Sydney, New South Wales, 2021,

Australia

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Latest goCatch News

GoCatch takes Uber to court over licensing claims

Apr 5, 2020

Very large text size A ridehailing service once backed by some of the nation's most prominent investors has accused industry giant Uber of enabling its drivers to break the law and evade the police in a landmark new lawsuit. GoCatch, which once counted billionaire James Packer and hedge fund manager Alex Turnbull among its shareholders, is seeking compensation for damage it claims Uber did to its business by allowing drivers to transport passengers without obtaining the correct licenses, and distributing tools to stop police from catching drivers making unauthorised trips. Uber has been taken to court by its smaller local rival GoCatch. Credit: Ryan Stuart Those allegations, contained in a writ filed late last week in the Victorian Supreme Court, form the basis for a claim of millions of dollars in compensation being demanded by GoCatch. The company says Uber paid for fines and allowed drivers to operate knowing they weren't properly accredited in an "attempt to build scale ... before UberX faced competition from similar ride-sharing services". Uber initially only allowed riders to request licensed taxis and hire-cares, but launched its UberX ride-sharing service in February 2014. That service was not legalised in any state until late 2015, and Uber would on occasion pay fines that were given to drivers caught operating ride-shares. GoCatch launched its rival GoCar service in February 2016, shortly after states began to explicitly allow ride-sharing operators. Advertisement GoCatch, in documents filed with the court, said Uber had always intended to recruit UberX drivers who it knew would be unable to make money if they were forced to "meet the compliance requirements as applicable in each of the Australian states" or deal with licensing rules "that required a significant investment of time". In a statement, Uber said it would be "denying liability and will vigorously defend the claim". "Uber Australia denies that it engaged in any inappropriate conduct at any stage," the statement reads. The Herald has previously reported Uber had paid for fines, including some as high as $1700, handed out to UberX drivers in Australia. The company's senior executives have described the fines as "crazy". Uber has since become the largest ride-sharing operator in the country. A Roy Morgan study released in February found 93 per cent of riders who had used a ride-share service in a three month period had used Uber, while only two per cent had used GoCatch. Uber's smaller rival had been a significant player in the industry until recently, raising $1.2 million in 2018 as part of an attempt to list on the Australian Securities Exchange. Plaintiff lawfirm Maurice Blackburn has also indicated it will pursue a class action against Uber on behalf of licensed taxi drivers and hire-care operators who lost income because of its UberX service. Last April, GoCatch said it was considering launching legal action against Uber after the ABC's Four Corners program reported the American company was using software called Surfcam to see where its competitors' cars were and approach drivers in an attempt to lure them away. GoCatch chief executive Andrew Campbell did not respond to a request for comment. Last year, however, he said it was "appalling" that Uber had "used hacking technologies to steal our data and our drivers". "I think our investors would be very angry to learn that Uber's been allowed to get away this sort of behaviour that has no doubt had an impact on their investment," he said. But documents lodged with the court on March 31 also include allegations that Uber used a software called Greyball starting in 2014 to identify and deny rides to users suspected of "being transport compliance or regulatory enforcement officers" and "assisting UberX [drivers] to evade ... transport compliance officers".

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goCatch Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Where is goCatch's headquarters?

    goCatch's headquarters is located at 65 Stafford St, Sydney.

  • What is goCatch's latest funding round?

    goCatch's latest funding round is Series B.

  • How much did goCatch raise?

    goCatch raised a total of $9.8M.

  • Who are the investors of goCatch?

    Investors of goCatch include Square Peg Capital and Tank Stream Ventures.

  • Who are goCatch's competitors?

    Competitors of goCatch include Uber.

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