Joanna McFarland

Los Angeles, CA
CEO, HopSkipDrive

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Why XFactor?

“I want to give back by being that first phone call to entrepreneurs when things are going right, and more importantly when things are going wrong. I'm so grateful to those who are my first call and am excited to be part of the journey and support amazing women building amazing companies.”


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Areas of Interest for Investing
Marketplaces, consumer, companies built around working parents, social impact
Advice for XX Entrepreneurs
Buy the ticket, take the ride. Every day there will be high highs and low lows. Breathe. Remember why you are doing it and keep going.

Joanna McFarland is the CEO and Cofounder of HopSkipDrive, the innovator in youth transportation. HopSkipDrive is a ride service that helps families and schools that gets kids where they need to go safely and dependably with a network of more than 4,000 highly vetted CareDrivers. HopSkipDrive currently serves 7 markets, and works with over 160 schools and districts as well as thousands of families every day. Before co-founding HopSkipDrive in 2014, McFarland led product and business development for a wide range of top technology and online brands, including, Green Dot, and She began her career in investment banking and private equity. McFarland earned an MBA from Stanford University and holds a B.S. in Economics from The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two boys.