Leading-edge technology inspired by real-life experience

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Our origins

If you’re caught up in a major incident, the first thing you want to do, once you get to safety, is let your family and friends know you’re all right.

In 2004, our founder John Scott was travelling in Sri Lanka when the tsunami hit. He stayed on another week to assist in the aid effort, collecting donations from friends and family and using the funds to buy basic supplies for people who needed them.

John thought then about the process of notifying loved ones after a major incident. He considered that if just a little data packet could get through, you could potentially notify everyone at once that you’re all right. This idea became ShoutSafe, which was the precursor to the Travel Tracking service of our sister company, Voyage Manager.

Since its release in 2010, Voyage Manager has become the leading travel tracking technology for large organisations. For Mia Bazo, we have recreated seven of the Voyage Manager tools on a self-service platform, and made it affordable for individuals and SMEs.

Data Driven
and Climate Conscious

Based in Cambridge, England – the UK’s Silicon Fen – data quality is at the heart of our tools. We’re committed to accurate, complete information, so individuals and SMEs can make their best decisions.

We’re also just a tad obsessed with the environment. Our offices have solar panels and a heat pump instead of gas or electric heating. For getting around town, we use electric vehicles and company bikes. When we have to use transport that doesn’t emit zero carbon, we offset it. Our carbon balance is less than zero.

(That’s John there – the nerdy looking guy with the hair and sandals. He’s got solar panels on his roof, too.)


How do we keep our prices so affordable?

We share the technology behind Mia Bazo with our sister company, Voyage Manager, which has been providing the same comprehensive suite of travel tools to large organisations since 2010.

Because we have already built the core platform, we have the luxury of devoting our exceptional development team entirely to innovation.

We have bootstrapped both Voyage Manager and Mia Bazo.

We are wholly owned and our team is small.

We pass the savings to you.

Our Founders

John Scott

John Scott is founder and CEO...

...of Mia Bazo and our sister company Voyage Manager, which entered the enterprise market in 2010 and shares its base technology with Mia Bazo. He earned a Masters of Engineering in Computing at Imperial College London and honed his craft at Accenture, Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank, IBM, Merrill Lynch Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS. John is a digital nomad and committed environmentalist.

J Laurence Sarno

J Laurence Sarno is co-founder and CMO...

...of Mia Bazo. He took seven deep-tech startups from pre-launch to merger, acquisition or IPO. Although he holds a degree from New York University, he learned his craft in the marketplace, with such clients as Arm, Cadence, GSMA, Nokia, Sun Microsystems and the Symbian Foundation. Laurence led his first socially responsible company in the late 1970s and is passionate about ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance).

John and Laurence

Together we...

...don our masks and capes and fight for carbon reduction, psychological safety in the workplace, duty of care, inclusivity, diversity and social responsibility. We believe in our customers, and the power of small- and medium-size businesses to effect significant change.

What does Mia Bazo mean?

Mia Bazo means "my base" in Esperanto. Whether travelling or maintaining zero carbon lives, we are our own best users, and Mia Bazo is the hub of our daily lives.

Esperanto is a constructed international language, intended to permit people of all nationalities to communicate. "Esperanto" means "one who hopes". We hope our technology contributes to a net zero planet.