She’s betting $43m On The Airbnb For Cars

Here's how the founder of Getaround, a peer to peer car-sharing app, started the company... without knowing how to code.

March 3, 2015

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During the 1960’s space race, NASA hit a problem.

Astronauts couldn’t write in space because ordinary pens wouldn’t work in zero gravity.

So, according to legend, NASA hired Paul Fisher to design a pen that would write in space.

Months later, after $1.5 million of research, he came up with a solution.

At last, Nasa had a state-of-the-art pen that could:

  • Work in zero gravity
  • Perform in a vacuum
  • Cope with a drastic temperature range

Of course, the Russian cosmonaut had the same exact problem. So they used a pencil.

Getaround, an Airbnb for cars startup with $43m in funding, is kinda like the pencil in that story.

They’re a dead simple solution to a big problem. Unlike the pencil, Getaround isn’t as simple as it appears.

They’ve somehow convinced:

  • Investors to give them $43m in funding
  • Early users to trust them with their car
  • Insurance companies to insure each vehicle (a HUGE accomplishment)

At Hustle Con, Getaround’s founder Jessica Scorpio taught how she started a company around a such huge idea (even though she can’t code), and how she convinced users and investors to trust her. Check out her presentation here.

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