Ritu Narayan
Power of Women
2023

Ritu Narayan

Co-founder and CEO

Zum

With a 15-year career in Silicon Valley at leading tech companies such as eBay, Yahoo!, Oracle, and IBM, Ritu Narayan founded Zum in 2014. Zum was created to revolutionize and modernize student transportation, the nation's largest mass transport system, totaling $28 billion annually nationwide. Zum partners directly with school districts to deliver a one of a kind tech-enabled student transportation solution that prioritizes safety, sustainability and efficiency. Zum’s innovative, proprietary cloud-based tech platform increases communication with an app designed for drivers, parents, and school administrators; optimizes school routes reducing commute times; and tracks children’s safe on-time arrival and departure from school. In addition to creating one of a kind technology, Zum is also a leader in sustainability, reducing environmental impacts by combining a sustainable fleet of multi-sized vehicles and electric vehicles.

Zum has raised $200M+ from premier investors like Sequoia and Softbank and continues to rapidly expand market share in school districts by multi-year contracts with large school districts, including the nation’s second largest school district, Los Angeles Unified School District.

Ritu is a pioneering entrepreneur who is leaving her mark in Silicon Valley and the US as she brings a revolutionary student transportation solution to communities across the nation.