Founded in 2015 and based in Oakland, California, FR8Star is a trusted booking and dispatch platform helping shippers and carriers streamline the process of moving oversize freight.
FR8Star's cloud-based tools are aimed at reducing inefficiencies in the $700B US trucking market that result in lost revenue, more pollution and traffic, and poor working conditions for the 3.5 million drivers it employs. FR8Star's tools help carriers manage their fleet schedules, identify available capacity on freight truck routes, and sell this capacity to shippers that need it. The platform allows shippers to manage and track their spot loads in real time and the FR8Star mobile app provides truck drivers with tools to manage their life on the road.
Matt Kropp is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at FR8Star. He is an expert on B2B software and has more than 10 years of experience advising the trucking and logistics industries. Matt is passionate about digital innovation and building high-performance teams. He spent the first ten years of his career as a serial entrepreneur building three digital businesses in “Internet 1.0”, including Lot 11 (acquired by USWeb/CKS), Velodea and Transplant Connect, which supports 70% of organ transplants in the US. Matt then served as a Partner and Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for many years. While at BCG, he focused on the Trucking and Technology sectors to transform logistics and bring the sector into the digital era. Matt holds an MBA from The Wharton School and B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from UCLA.
Carl-Christoph Reckers (CCR) is Chief Operating Officer at FR8Star, which he co-founded in November, 2015. He is excited by bringing new online services and efficiencies to offline industries, such as the long-haul trucking industry. He has years of experience in digital innovation and is responsible for sales and operations at FR8 Revolution. During his time at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), CCR focused on business model and product innovation across multiple industries and continents. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and degrees from Universität Mannheim and Universitat de València.
Jan Gildemeister is a co-founder and board member of FR8Star where he advises on strategic partnerships. Over the past 10 years, Jan has been working with companies in the trucking industry and in the high tech industry as a Partner and Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Prior to that, he was an expert consultant in the pricing practice of McKinsey & Company. Jan has deep expertise in the development of pricing models and brings extensive experience in B2B marketing and a range of operational topics. Having spent his career at the intersection of high tech and industrial goods, he is passionate about bringing new technology and new business models to the US trucking industry. Jan holds a PhD in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley.