GasBuddy: Fueling Its Digital Platform for Agility and Growth
GasBuddy is a 15-year-old mobile app-led company, providing gas station and pricing information to drivers and selling ads to fuel stations and convenience store owners. Though the GasBuddy Mobile App has received many awards and often ranks among the top-three travel apps in downloads, competitive pressure is building. Recognizing the competitive shifts, its parent company, UCG, brings in a new management team that is steeped in start-up experience spanning payments, convenience stores, social and mobile media, digital transformation, point of sale systems, modern technology platforms, agile development, and UI/UX. The new team recognizes that speed as well as agility will be essential for future growth. The case takes readers through the company's cultural, digital platform, and product line changes, including a bold entry into the payments industry. The changes support the company's evolved branding and a new multi-sided platform (MSP) business strategy. Early changes across the three areas - culture, digital platform, and product line - are put to the test during highly destructive Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.