In the latest installment of Collaboratively Speaking, Zimride co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green chat with TaskRabbit founder Leah Busque about the role of community in peer-to-peer marketplaces. There’s a lot of great stuff in the interview, here are some highlights:
- Zimmer and Green share the story of their partnership and the origins of the Zimride mission — it’s a tale complete with long-distance romance, scary Greyhound busses, and a crash course on the history of transportation.
- Currently, the most popular destinations from the San Francisco Bay Area are Lake Tahoe and Los Angeles. Trips trend higher on the weekend, and the cost is substantially cheaper for the passenger ($35 per trip) than any other mode of transport — plus the driver makes good money (an average of $200 per trip).
- The Zimride guys have even seen people post open seats on airplanes. It may sound lavish, but the concept is the same: occupy as many seats as possible.
- Although there’s been a little pushback with the Facebook Connect feature, Zimmer and Green notice that the ability to view mutual friends has been a major contributor to community engagement.
- Zimride has found a lot of luck plugging into the existing communities on campuses around the country, and tapping into the existing excitement of destination events like music festivals.
- As for what’s next, Zimride is excited about reaching the critical mass it will take to plan real-time trips and launching more frequent routes across the country.