CitizenShipper Mission Statement
To create the most trusted, convenient, and intuitive shipping platform that delights customers and delivers real value to a vibrant, highly engaged, community of shippers and drivers, delivering thousands of shipments across America every day.
CitizenShipper Vision Statement
Through the application of leading edge technologies and a commitment to honest service in the collaborative economy, CitizenShipper fosters networked communities that value freedom and the wonder of exploration, by connecting neighbors who need shipping services throughout the United States.
As a graduate student, Richard Obousy (CitizenShipper Founder and CEO) would often drive the long and lonely roads from Waco to Houston to visit his new wife, who was studying at another university. He was a typical student, working to get a solid foundation through education and struggling to make ends meet. Each weekend he would scrape together the money needed for gas and while driving he would try and think of novel ways to earn some cash to subsidize the next trip. He wondered how many other folks on the road were traveling between cities frequently and on a regular basis. He imagined that maybe there could be a way to connect some of those drivers with people who needed things to be taken between cities. Maybe those people who needed to ship things, would be willing to pay a small amount, and he could use that money to pay for the gas to visit his wife. From that idea, a very basic version of CitizenShipper was born in mid-2008.
The last seven years have brought a lot of changes to Richard’s life, to CitzenShipper, and to the concept of the collaborative economy as a whole. Richard graduated from school and relocated to Houston permanently. Once there, he focused all his attention on building CitizenShipper into a reliable platform using leading edge technologies to connect neighbors and build communities of shippers and drivers all across America. Little by little, the company has been growing into what Richard had envisioned so long ago. CitizenShipper has built an innovative shipping marketplace from the ground up. User ease and efficiency has been enhanced greatly from the early days and CitizenShipper now delivers a top notch service to thousands of folks every day. Collaborative economy companies, like Lyft and Task Rabbit, caught up to Richard’s ideas and took off to become major contributors to the American economy. Now, CitizenShipper is poised to achieve the same level of success through its commitment to providing value to its vibrant community, and assuring that regular folks have options to corporate shipping and, in some small way, more freedom to explore life on their own terms.