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. He is a product and sales visionary 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).
Andrey Shirben GAICD
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.
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.
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.
Mr Cuthbert is a successful leader and builder of value for shareholders in the global online travel industry. He is the founder, former CEO and Chairman of Viator, the leading global marketplace for tours and activities. He led Viator from its launch in 1995 and through the travel industry downturns following 9/11, SARS and the GFC. Viator was acquired by TripAdvisor in 2014. He is the former CEO and Chairman of Rome2rio, the door-to-door travel search engine which was acquired by Omio in December 2019, and a non-executive Director of Tokyo Stock Exchange listed Veltra Corporation, Japan’s leading online seller of tours and activities.