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August 18, 2011

Social Ridesharing Service Gathering Momentum

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Three years ago we reported on two young eco-entrepreneurs and their year-old company, Zimride, an online social networking/rideshare system that used Facebook to hook riders up with drivers going to the same desination.

Flash-forward to 2011: Zimride co-founders Logan Green and John Zimmer, above, former student environmental activists who met when they were fresh out of college, now run the largest online ride-sharing service in North America. With 300,000 users and more than 100 clients in 30 states, Zimride has now booked more than a million miles worth of trips.

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Initially the San Francisco-based company focused on selected college campuses, then private companies, requiring a campus or corporate login. But on August 17, Zimride branched out and opened up to the general public by offering services to anyone seeking rides or riders between the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles.

"We wanted to create a new form of transportation for everyone that's built on this community of sharing rides," Zimmer told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Check out Zimride at http://public.zimride.com.

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