Getaround: How they plan on disrupting the car rental industry through your smartphone – with CEO Sam Zaid

What kind of idea does it take to win TechCrunch Disrupt? It would have to be disruptive in a space that people get and also one that adds value. Well, Getaround did win TechCrunch Disrupt in the spring of 2011 in New York, have been labelled the Air BnB of the automotive industry and are already generating revenue from actual real life customers. Check. Check. Check.

I asked Sam Zaid, co-founder and CEO of Getaround to come on the show and help us understand why his company won Disrupt, how he came up with the idea for the company, how they make money and how they overcame the startup hurdles that go hand in hand with disruptive technologies.

I’ve known Sam for a number of years now and am constantly impressed with his pure zest for the startup world – and he’s had enough experience in that space as Getaround is his third startup in less than a decade. He’s candid, open, honest and a genuine, bona fide, startup addict with the experience to back it up.


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About Sam Zaid

Sam Zaid
Sam is the founder and CEO of Getaround and brings over 15 years of experience in advanced software design, development, and in the delivery of enterprise solutions. Sam has worked with large enterprises such as Nortel, Hertz, Alcatel, Canada Post, and the Federal Government, as well as with startups such as Spartan Bioscience and Netistix to develop state-of-art software products. Prior to Getaround, Sam held key technical lead positions with Nortel Networks, where he helped lead Nortel’s first all-optical transmission switching system.

Sam 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.

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About the author

Rob Woodbridge

I'm Rob, the founder of and I've spent 14 years immersed in the mobile and pervasive computing world. During this great time I've helped some of the most innovative companies grow their business through mobile. If you are in need of a mobile business advisor or coach, connect with me here to get things rolling.

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