In the past few weeks, three Uber Freight co-founders left the digital brokerage and joined supply chain software startup Turvo. Charlie Bergevin and Brian Cristol took on business-to-business enterprise sales roles at the Sunnyvale, California-based tech company, while John Stauffer will handle customer success on the carrier side.
Turvo, founded in 2014 by Eric Gilmore, came out of stealth mode with a $25 million Series A round in March 2017, and followed up that raise with a $60 million Series B in November 2018 that valued the startup at $435 million post-money, according to Pitchbook.
FreightWaves spoke to Bergevin, Cristol, and Stauffer by phone about the Uber Freight story, why they decided to make the transition from automating truckload brokerage to tackling the whole supply chain, and what they’re excited about at Turvo.
Bergevin and Cristol recounted the early days of UberEverything in 2016, a strategy developed within Uber to leverage the power of Uber’s million-driver network and expand into new verticals and service offerings. Uber Everything was essentially a startup inside of a startup, an experimental program run by Jason Droege that reached out to large companies and tried to figure out how to solve their problems with Uber’s technology and network. Along with Uber Freight, Uber Eats is probably the best-known project to come out of UberEverything.