Getaround

Getaround is an on-demand carsharing community. Rent, unlock and drive - all with your phone! Rates start at $5/hour including insurance and no membership fees. Car owners conveniently share their cars earning $500-$1000 a month. Getaround won TechCrunch Disrupt in 2011 and launched on-demand carsharing in 2013. Getaround has grown to over 200,000 members across the US. Getaround was founded by Sam Zaid, Jessica Scorpio and Elliot Kroo and is currently headquartered in San Francisco, California.



about the company

Founders

Jessica Scorpio is a Founder and VP of Marketing at Getaround, which was created to leverage the 1B+ cars on the planet to create a cleaner, smarter and more efficient transportation system through a marketplace for peer-to-peer car sharing. Prior to launching Getaround, she completed the inaugural Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University (SU '09), a new school launched by Ray Kurzweil, Peter Diamandis, NASA, and Google that focuses on inspiring a cadre of leaders to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies in order to address humanity's grand challenges. Jessica also worked in the Government of Canada for a number of years, as a political aide to the Minister of International Cooperation, Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs and International Trade), and as a writer in a branch of the Prime Minister's Office. Jessica is also the former Founder and CEO of IDEAL, a not-for-profit network for entrepreneurs and young leaders.She lives in San Francisco.

Elliot Kroo is a Founder and Director of Engineering at Getaround. Former Googler and early Street View engineer. Previously founded WingsForCats, a mobile game studio. Last iPhone game was downloaded over 2M times.

Sam is Founder & CEO at Getaround, a community marketplace for sharing underutilized personal vehicles. He is a 2008 Microsoft Code Award winner, an E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year 2009, a Google Scholarship recipient and alumni of the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program in artificial intelligence and robotics. He is an active member of the technology community, and a co-founder of Fresh Founders, a club for young technology entrepreneurs. Sam holds a degree in Engineering Physics with First-Class Distinction from Queen's University.

Getaround in the press

April 27, 2016

Drivy, the peer-based car rental startup, raises Euro 31 million, gaining on Turo

Thanks to this investment, Drivy plans to open services in Britain and two other (unnamed) European countries this year. This fresh investment brings the total raised to date to Euro 47 million. Its US rival Turo entered Canada as a first international market earlier this month, and has raised a total of $101 million to date. Drivy does not yet operate in the United States or Canada, where rival upstart Turo offers a comparable service. Headquartered in Paris, the startup Drivy aims to connect people who want to rent out their cars with people who want to drive them.

Jan. 12, 2016

Auto industry goes head-to-head with Silicon Valley’s self-driving innovators

We can expect to see more changes in an exciting year ahead as auto companies become mobility services and tech companies become auto companies. To break new ground, auto companies are becoming tech companies. Google and Tesla may be pushing full-speed ahead in their self-driving car development and testing, but auto manufacturers aren’t sitting idly by. Auto manufacturers are predicting self-driving car consumerization in three to four years, versus Tesla’s expectation of one year and Google’s current deployment of cars already in California. We’re in the midst of a significant transition for auto companies as they realize a future where people may not want or need to own vehicles.

Jan. 4, 2016

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Jan. 4, 2016

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Jan. 4, 2016

General Motors, Gazing at Future, Invests $500 Million in Lyft

California recently passed legislation requiring a driver to be behind the wheel of a self-driving car at all times. Early rules for self-driving vehicles may hinder the speed of progress. A mix of Lyft’s existing investors, including the Asian e-commerce giants Rakuten and Alibaba, also contributed to the most recent financing round, as did the Chinese ride-hailing start-up Didi Kuaidi. had invested $500 million in the company, or half of its latest $1 billion venture financing round. did not give a specific timeline for when they expected their autonomous vehicle network to become publicly available, nor did the companies offer details on how the network is expected to function.

Jan. 4, 2016

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Jan. 4, 2016

General Motors invests $500M in Lyft, forms partnership

Fontinalis Partners — a venture capital firm co-founded by Ford Motor Co.'s Executive Chairman Bill Ford — invested in Lyft last May. Together, the companies plan to open a network of U.S. hubs where Lyft drivers can rent GM vehicles at discounted rates. General Motors Co. said Monday it is investing $500 million in ride-hailing company Lyft Inc. and forming an unprecedented partnership that could eventually lead to on-demand, self-driving cars. Google, which is testing a small fleet of driverless cars, invested $250 million in Uber in 2013. Detroit-based GM also has an enviable global reach; it sells almost 10 million cars each year in more than 100 countries.

Dec. 28, 2015

Tesla, Ford, Honda: The hot new car tech coming in 2016

Tesla is one of a growing number of carmakers testing self-driving cars. Originally published as Hottest car technology coming next year Autonomous vehicles are in the spotlight, but car technology will change in more ways than one in 2016. Koslowski believes car makers will bring more self-driving technology directly to consumers in the coming year, many of whom are uncomfortable with the idea of an autonomous vehicle. The 2016 BMW 7-series will be the first production car that can park itself without anyone in the driver’s seat.

Dec. 21, 2015

New Year to Bring New Car Tech

Autonomous vehicles are in the spotlight, but car technology will change in more ways than one in 2016. Ford partnered with Getaround to launch a test program called Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing that allows car owners to connect with users online who are looking for a ride. Koslowski believes car makers will bring more self-driving technology directly to consumers in the coming year, many of whom are uncomfortable with the idea of an autonomous vehicle. The growing popularity of Uber and Lyft, particularly in urban areas, has pushed automakers to explore opportunities in car sharing. The 2016 BMW 7-series will be the first production car that can park itself without anyone in the driver’s seat.

Nov. 18, 2015

The future of the automobile is being reshaped in California

California's aggressive environmental regulation and generous electric car subsidies have nurtured companies such as Tesla and its emerging rival Faraday Future. Jobs in the California Auto industryThe state also has given birth to tech-driven ride services such as Uber and Lyft and car-sharing companies Turo and Getaround. Its total size is still far from the 326,000 automotive industry workers employed in Michigan, according to the Center for Automotive Research. "At the same time, the auto industry is less insular and understands the convergence of technology, automation and transportation. Other automotive powerhouses with Silicon Valley offices include Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and automotive suppliers Continental, Delphi and Denso.

June 5, 2011

The Power Of Online-To-Offline Is Moving Beyond Local Commerce

Of course, the idea of linking the physical world online isn’t a new phenomenon. These are just a few of the startups which are making improving our lives by linking the offline world online. And although these startups have presences on the web and mobile devices, they are also disrupting services in the physical world. The online to offline connection is obvious, as you order online for a car that picks you up in the physical world. Essentially these startups make industries in the physical world more efficient, and thus make our lives better.

May 27, 2011

Disrupt NYC, In Tweets

In terms of which companies generated the most buzz on Twitter, Disrupt NYC winner Getaround garnered the most mentions with a 38 percent share. I am still recovering from Disrupt NYC. You can find videos of the finalists and all of Disrupt NYC here. That spike on Day three was related to an iPad giveaway linked to people Tweeting out the hashtag, which was Tweeted out 18,177 times (and that doesn’t include tweets that used other hashtags such as #disrupt or simply mentioned Disrupt without a hashtag). But here are a couple of charts that give a snapshot of the activity around the event as measured by Tweets with the event hashtag #TCDisrupt (thanks for the charts, Simply Measured).

May 25, 2011

Getaround Signed Up 1,600 Cars In A Day; That's 20 Percent Of Zipcar's Fleet

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May 24, 2011

Getaround, The Airbnb For Cars, Finally Launches

It’s also launching the production model of its Getaround Carkit (a keyless remote), which interfaces with the new Getaround iPhone app to let anyone peer to peer car share in minimal time by allowing you to easily unlock member cars. Unlike ZipCar, which has a $85 sign up fee, Getaround is free to join and car owners can instantly rent their cars without any additional fees other than the rental charge. Getaround is in the same space as RelayRides and Zipcar, but has some competitive advantages. RelayRides gets people to donate their personal cars, whereas Getaround is a peer to peer marketplace, and hinges on yield management, tapping into the community of unused inventory in order to get its product base. Getaround’s all inclusive package, which includes insurance, 24 hour roadside assistance, a Getaround car-kit, iPhone app and a web app makes it easy for people to conveniently car share any where.

May 24, 2011

Introducing Your TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield Finalists

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May 23, 2011

The List Of Startups Launching At TechCrunch Disrupt New York

These startups will battle it out over three intense days, with one of these companies eventually taking home $50,000 and the official Disrupt trophy. We will also hear pitches from the two StartupAlley companies that receive the most votes over the next two days. We are only a few hours away from kicking off the third TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York and we are thrilled to announce the 29 startups that were chosen out of nearly 1,000 applicants to pitch ideas and applications over the next few days. ArrivedAvadoBillGuardCatchFreeccLoopChurn [email protected] PublishingMePorterMotherKnowsRexlySHL TelemedicineSkylinesSneakpeeqSonarSpenzSpotOnStyleSeatThinkFuseThriftDBTracksWeotta You can watch the livestream here.

May 1, 2011

The P2P Evolution

Will P2P services keep bringing more of this human element, personalization, and discovery into the foreground? And, while these companies continue their march, we are already into the next peer-to-peer evolution: P2P 2.0. During all these P2P transactions, companies like Square, Roam, and Bump leverage mobile phones to help drive payments. That was P2P 1.0, anchored by eBay and Craigslist, networks that have connected billions. Imagine busy New Yorkers with disposable cash demanding something immediately, delivered right now: “Zaarly it.” The Zaarly concept connects time and money in the P2P vector, just like eBay connects sellers and buyers.

Feb. 7, 2011

Groundcrew Offers a Platform to Help You Mobilize Your Team of Do-Gooders

One of the Collaborative Fund’s recent investments is Groundcrew, a company that utilizes geo-location and messaging to help average Joes and businesses coordinate mobile teams. Specifically, Collaborative Fund is investing in companies that apply emerging technologies to peer-to-peer collaboration—like sharing, bartering, trading, and organizing—in order to benefit the greater good. Last week, we covered the launch of the Collaborative Fund, angel investor Craig Shapiro’s new seed fund aimed at supporting for-profit startups with a social mission. Groundcrew thinks that making their software available to ordinary people, communities, and businesses like yours has big potential. Unlike the hyper-focus of an app like Wheretheladies.at, Groundcrew has broader, more community-conscious goals in mind than helping a dude get laid.

Sept. 14, 2010

GetAround Is The AirBnB For Car Rentals

Today, we’ve come across a nifty startup called GetAround that has taken AirBnB’s model and applied it to car rentals. It should be interesting to see if GetAround can gain traction in the car rentals space. But will car owners be willing to rent to a complete stranger? Those interested in rentals can search for rentals in their neighborhood or near an address for a fixed time. Renters are required to return the car at the same gas level as when they received the car while owners have to keep their car 1/4 full with gas during rental periods.