Our vision is to build the largest social transportation network in the world.
Sidecar’s smartphone app matches everyday people in their own car with people nearby for shared rides. It’s a fast, safe and fun way to get around the city, meet new people and keep extra cars off the road. Sidecar is a totally different transportation experience. With Sidecar you sit in the front seat, chat with your driver and even choose your own music. When’s the last time you did that in a cab? All drivers are pre-vetted for safety and are free to give rides whenever they want. Sidecar’s safety system includes driver background checks, driver and rider rating systems, GPS tracking features and the ability to share details of your trip in real-time.
Sidecar was founded in San Francisco in 2012 and also operates in Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and Washington, DC. Company investors include Lightspeed Venture Partners, Google Ventures and others.
Sunil guides Sidecar’s vision and values. He is a veteran entrepreneur, a champion of climate reform and a disruptor of the status quo. Sunil’s passion to reinvent transportation dates back over a decade. In 2011, Sunil successfully lobbied the California legislature to pass a law that allowed for peer-to-peer car sharing. Similar laws have since been adopted in Oregon and Washington. In 2002, Sunil was issued a patent (now held by Sidecar) in regards to the use of smartphones for coordinating transportation.
As partner at Spring Ventures, Sunil coined the term “cleanweb” to describe the application of social, mobile, and Internet media to accelerate cleantech deployment and restructure sectors as diverse as hotels, buildings and automobiles. 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.
Jahan leads Sidecar’s technology vision. As a University of Michigan Student, Jahan was the lead programmer on the “Magic Bus Project,” a transit application that tells passengers how long they’ll 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 is still used by the University of Michigan today. In 2011, Jahan, Sunil and Nick came together to create Sidecar. Under Jahan’s leadership, the engineering team has developed a dynamic, intuitive and scalable platform that has matched more than 250,000 shared rides to date.
In the winter of 2011 Jahan found himself stranded when he left a party in the Marina District of San Francisco and couldn’t find a cab. He grabbed a ride home with a pizza delivery guy and gave him $20 for helping him out. Just like that, an idea was born.
Nick presides over Sidecar’s financial and administrative objectives. Nick played a pivotal role in helping Sidecar become the rideshare leader by directing the company’s national expansion from San Francisco into eight additional cities in just five months. Prior to his role at Sidecar, Nick spearheaded cleanweb investing alongside Sunil at Spring Ventures, and was previously Morgan Stanley’s #1 equity research analyst in terms of stock performance.
Sidecar was inspired in part by Nick’s 80-year-old grandmother who drives folks from her senior center to the airport to offset the cost of her car.