Driven by everyday people.

Riders, drivers and employees — together, we’re on a mission to transform transportation by building a more affordable, accessible way to get where you’re going.


Sidecar’s ride marketplace connects everyday drivers in their own car with people nearby for safe and affordable rides. People can choose a ride based on vehicle, price and ETA using their smartphone.

In May 2014, Sidecar pioneered Shared Rides, which matches people with a nearby rider heading the same way and cuts the cost in half.

Sidecar is currently available in ten U.S. markets and has completed millions of rides. Founded in 2012 and based in San Francisco, Sidecar is backed by top-tier investors including Union Square Ventures, Avalon Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Google Ventures and Sir Richard Branson.

Our Story

Our Founders

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Sunil Paul

Co-Founder, CEO

Sunil is a veteran entrepreneur, champion of climate reform and disrupter of the status quo. Under his leadership Sidecar has expanded from the first instant rideshare company in San Francisco to cities nationwide. His passion to reinvent transportation dates back over a decade.

In 2011, Sunil successfully lobbied the California legislature to pass a law for peer-to-peer car sharing, a law that has since been adopted by Oregon and Washington. In 2002, Sunil was issued a patent, now held by Sidecar, for using smartphones to coordinate transportation. As an investor and partner at Spring Ventures, Sunil coined the term “cleanweb” which marries information technology and the social web with green initiatives. Sidecar is the realization of Sunil’s cleanweb vision.

Sunil also co-founded and led Brightmail, the leading anti-spam company later sold to Symantec and FreeLoader, the first web based push technology service.

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Jahan Khanna

Co-Founder, CTO

Jahan Khanna is a nationally recognized transportation technology pioneer.

As a University of Michigan Student, Jahan was lead programmer on the “Magic Bus Project”, a transit application that told passengers how long they’d wait for the next bus.

This school project became Shepherd Intelligent Systems, a transportation software company for public transit, taxi, limo, school and shuttle bus fleets that was later adopted by universities nationwide.

Under Jahan’s leadership, Sidecar’s engineering team has developed a dynamic, intuitive and scalable platform that has matched millions of rides nationwide.

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