Board of Directors
Rodney John Bishop BBus
Mr Bishop co-founded Jayride in 2012 and has built the company from concept through to a multi-million-dollar international transportation comparison platform, with over 60 team members. He is a product and sales visionary CEO with 10+ years of experience in founding companies and leading teams. In addition to team leadership, Mr Bishop has deep subject matter expertise in passenger transport, digital marketing, sales management and enterprise selling. Mr Bishop’s prior roles have included being the Founder of Hitch (marketplace for hitch hikers), , founding member of The Ridesharing Institute (NZ, an alternative transport NGO) and Marketing Director, Navigo (enterprise software sales).
Mr Shirben is a serial entrepreneur and investor and founder of SYD Ventures, a venture company that invests in early-stage startups and co-founder of Follow[the]Seed, a global VC fund for companies seeking post-seed investment. He has established numerous companies and invested in over 50 startups. He was Jayride’s first investor in 2012 and since then, a non-executive director. Mr Shirben has an extensive technical background with online marketing, monetization and business experience, including co-developing RavingFans® a unique data driven algorithm for investment, which helps identify “habit forming” products and companies at a very early stage.
Yifat Shirben BA (Communications and Linguistics)
Ms Shirben has over 10 years of international experience within the online and mobile marketing industry. She has a demonstrated track record of leading cross-functional expert teams and career training and has extensive knowledge in Messaging, Go-To Market planning, Social Media, PR, Mobile Marketing, SEO, SEM, Affiliate Marketing and Website Optimisation. She is highly accomplished in developing new business, improving operational and financial performances, identifying deficiencies and potential opportunities, developing innovative and cost effective marketing solutions for enhancing competitiveness, increasing revenues and improving customer satisfaction. Ms Shirben is an international speaker, mentor and blogger and highly involved in the local innovation eco-system.
Zhongyuan Lin (Ross Lin) BSc
Mr Lin is a co-founder of Jayride. He is an accomplished technology entrepreneur with extensive technology solutions strategy, planning and implementation experience. Mr Lin is a deep technical expert with 12+ years of experience in geospatial technology and e-commerce marketplaces. Ross has served the company as CTO-Emeritus for 6 years, since inception, and remains co-founder, board member, and technical contributor to the Company. His prior experience has included Senior .NET Developer, Fairfax Digital (e-commerce marketplace), Senior .NET Developer, Grays Online (e-commerce marketplace), Senior .NET Developer, TradeMe (e-commerce marketplace) and Geo-Spatial Developer, Project X (spatial mapping platform).
Samuel Brock Saxton MBA, MAICD
Mr Saxton has over 15 years of experience as a technology consultant having delivered significant change programs across the telecommunications, energy, retail and construction sectors. He supports the board and executive teams to define a strategy that will accelerate growth and chart a course that will enable delivery at scale. Mr Saxton is also an experienced entrepreneur, founding his first business at 19, with successful exits. Being active in both the Australian and New Zealand start-up ecosystems Sam supports the growth of early stage companies as an angel investor, adviser and director. Sam led the Sydney Angel’s syndicate that invested into Jayride in 2012 and has been active on the board since.
Jamila Gordon BBus (Information Technology)
Jamila Gordon is an internationally experienced executive in the digital and technology space. She is former Non-Executive Director of GetSwift Limited, which has increased 10x in value since listing on the ASX in December 2016 and has signed a key partnership with CBA. She is also on the advisory board of VentureCrowd, Australia’s leading alternative assets crowdfunding platform. Jamila’s previous roles include Group CIO of Qantas and CIMIC (formerly Leighton Holdings), as well as spending seven years in Europe leading some of IBM’s largest digital transformations for clients like ABN AMRO bank and AXA Insurance. She has broad, deep and global expertise in enterprise systems, the data within them and how this can be used to drive customer experience and business outcomes. Jamila served on the Board of La Trobe University for five years.