Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Lyft's mobile-phone application facilitates peer-to-peer ridesharing by connecting passengers who need a ride to drivers who have a car.
I am the co-founder and CEO of Lyft. I have long been fascinated by innovation in transportation, having grown up in Southern California with much of my childhood spent stuck in traffic. Lyft originated out of Zimride, a long-distance ridesharing company founded in 2007, which was built to create a more social, sustainable and affordable transportation system. The idea for Zimride (and ultimately Lyft) struck while I was studying in Zimbabwe during college, where carpooling is a common form of transportation among neighbors. Lyft is working towards a future where people - not cars - are the center of our everyday lives. Ridesharing is just the first phase of the movement to end car ownership and reclaim cities. Today, Lyft provides more than 17 million rides a month and has grown nearly 2.5x year-over-year. We have huge momentum as we bring to life our vision of connecting people and communities through better transportation while reimagining the way our cities are built. Learn more about Lyft's vision for the future of transportation here: https://medium.com/@johnzimmer/the-third-transportation-revolution-27860f05fa91#.5m4shfx4e