Our vision is to build the largest social transportation network in the world.
Sidecar is a ride app that connects everyday drivers with people nearby for safe and affordable rides. In May 2014, Sidecar introduced Shared Rides, which matches people with a nearby rider heading the same direction and cuts the cost in half.
Sidecar is currently available in ten markets in the U.S. and has facilitated more than a million rides. Company investors include Union Square Ventures, Avalon Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Google Ventures and Sir Richard Branson.
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 and Sunil 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.