Apple has bought Mr. Chinedu Echeruo’s Hopstop.com for one billion dollars, The Wall Street Journal’s publication, AllThingsDigital has reported.
Founded in 2005, Hopstop.com makes mobile applications for both iOS and Android that covers over 300 cities and that helps people get directions or find nearby subway stations and bus stops. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed as at the time of this report. Echeruo, formerly an analyst at the investment banks and hedge funds, founded Hopstop.com in 2005.
Echeruo is now Chairman of the Board for Hopstop, and has been compared to Israel’s Waze, which was recently acquired by Google for $1 billion. The move is seen as Apple’s plan to bolster its map offering, especially given Google’s recent acquisition of Waze. A serial entrepreneur, Echeruo grew up in the Eastern part of Nigeria and attended Kings College, Lagos.
True to form, Echeruo is working on yet another venture but this time, focused on small businesses in Africa.
According to him, “There is no reason why every entrepreneur should have to reinvent the wheel every single time in all the countries in Africa.
"My idea is to essentially have one place where a budding entrepreneur can access a template for starting a business, and then customise it to suit their own situation; essentially, a business-in-a-box.”