The Donkey what?

In 2015, we created an electronic lock and an automated, self-service bike-sharing system in a Copenhagen home basement. Since then, we’ve been taking that system on a ride around the world, while aiming to turn the bicycle into the hero of public transportation and a catalyst for greener, more liveable and less traffic-congested cities.

How the Donkeys came to be

It actually started back in 2012,  when founder Erdem Ovacik had a roommate in Copenhagen who put a few bikes out around the city that his friends could share when in need. He put combination locks on them, so that people wouldn’t have to exchange keys, but only know a code. That’s when Erdem thought: “Why on Earth isn’t there an easier way to share your bike with anybody, anytime?”

From that to the Donkey Republic operating today, it took quite a few brainstorming sessions over beers, business plans, applications for funding schemes, co-founder onboardings, locks built on sleepless nights, doors closing, others opening – and a lot of passion and resilience.

Okay, but still: what’s with the donkey?

Once, a donkey would be the most accessible, dependable and commonplace means of transportation. Nowadays, when our cities are suffocated by boxes of metal, the humble bicycle is taking the role of its hoofed ancestor as a convenient and pragmatic device of urban mobility. So there you have it – we’re the Donkey Republic because we believe that the future of mobility depends on one of the simplest, most plain and unpretentious vehicles ever invented.

Join us

Regional Manager, Donkey Republic (Berlin, Germany)

Full-Time Position
Donkey Republic, the global 24/7 self-service bike rental system is looking for a cycling enthusiast to join its team in Berlin.

Your work will involve keeping the Donkey bikes running in great condition and ensuring the Donkey Republic service is running smoothly and grows in Berlin and Germany. Furthermore, you will be managing a small team of fleet service assistants (Donkey “shepherds”). For your team, you will be in charge of coordinating routes, logistics, quality control and providing leadership.

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Fleet Service Assistant, Donkey Republic (Berlin, Germany)

We are growing fast across Europe and now looking for someone to support operations in Berlin and keep the bikes in good shape.

Your work will involve keeping the Donkey bikes running in great condition, frequent visits to hubs around the city to make sure everything is in order and report and document issues. You will also be spotting good locations for bikes and relocating bikes to be in optimal locations to ensure the Riders get a good experience. Part of the job will also be to manage the bikes so they do not create problems or issues in the public space. You will be part of a small team of Donkey “shepherds”.

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Fleet Service Assistant, Donkey Republic (Paris, France)

Full-Time Position
Donkey Republic, the global 24/7 self-service bike rental system is looking for a cycling enthusiast to join its team in Paris.

At Donkey Republic we are proud to be part of developing the cycling culture around the world by making riding on two wheels more popular and accessible for everyone. We are growing fast across Europe and now looking for someone to support operations in Paris and keep the bikes in good shape.

You will be based in Paris and be in charge of managing the operations locally. You will be working independently in the beginning with the idea of developing the French team in the future. You will also constantly collaborate with the HQ based in Copenhagen through frequent online interaction as well as visits to our Copenhagen office.

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Fleet Service Assistant, Donkey Republic (Vienna, Austria)

Full-Time Position

You will be based in Vienna and be in charge of managing the operations locally. You will become part of a small team based in Vienna that collaborates with the HQ based in Copenhagen through frequent online interaction as well as visits to our Copenhagen office.

A combination of biking around on the streets, fixing bikes, driving bikes in a van or trailer, preparing new bikes to get on the road and deskwork monitoring the system through our administration interface.

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Fleet Service Assistant, Donkey Republic (Munich, Germany)

At Donkey Republic we are proud to be part of developing the cycling culture around the world by making riding on two wheels more popular and accessible for everyone. We are growing fast across Europe and now looking for someone to support operations in Munich and keep the bikes in good shape.

You will be based in Munich and be in charge of managing the operations locally. You will become part of a small team based in Munich that collaborates with the HQ based in Copenhagen through frequent online interaction as well as visits to our Copenhagen office.

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Brand & Communications Intern (Copenhagen, Denmark)

We’re looking for a passionate storyteller to use their mind and heart to help us tell the Donkey Republic story and gain a comprehensive education and practical experience in communicating, through words and visuals, for PR, product, social media, SEO, advertising and events.

We’re looking for a natural communicator, able to see the relatable story in any subject and find the most impactful ways to distribute that story. Someone who overflows with personality in their work, whether it be a blog article, hashtag, media pitch or the filter selection in their Instagram feed. You can invoke a lust for adventure with a simple turn of phrase or a perfectly framed photo. You understand how connections are made in our hyper-connected world, and it’s not a guessing game for you – purpose and strategy are built into your storytelling with a watchful eye over the tools, networks, and evaluation required to build effective engagement and influence.

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The Donkey Squad