Our founders met at UC Berkeley in 2012 as research scientists where they built open source software that powered forecasts for the San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to predict and plan the next 30 years of travel. New services like Uber and Lyft were beginning to emerge in San Francisco. Back then, our founders believed that cities should have data and information to plan for a rapidly-changing transportation landscape, and they dedicated their careers to gathering new data and information that could help cities evaluate the impacts of shared mobility and steer them towards societal goals.
In 2017, after building data and software solutions in the service of public agencies at Synthicity, UrbanSim, moovel, and Stanford, Dr. Clewlow and Dr. Foti co-founded Populus to empower cities with access to new data to plan for the future of mobility. Both had earned their PhDs in transportation and urban planning from MIT and UC Berkeley, and have a combined 20+ years of experience delivering software solutions for and with public agencies.
In early 2018, Populus launched our platform, Mobility Manager, to support cities’ abilities to securely access data from shared bikes, cars, and the rapidly-expanding new service that had arrived - electric scooters. Today, over 50 cities and the world’s leading mobility operators uniquely trust Populus to deliver the data and information that can help them deliver a safe, equitable, and sustainable transportation future.