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12 May


Sidecar rolls out medical marijuana delivery in SF

May 12, 2015 | By |

Sidecar is aiming for a new high — literally. The ride-hailing app, which like Uber and Lyft connects a fleet of on-demand drivers with passengers via smartphone, announced Tuesday that it has formally launched a service to deliver medical marijuana to customers’ doorsteps in San Francisco, following a small pilot that began last week.

And it’s not going to make anyone wait too long either: Sidecar is pledging that marijuana deliveries will arrive within an hour of an order being placed with local dispensaries. Deliveries will be limited to one ounce per customer, but drivers might be shuttling around as many as four orders — or four ounces — at a time. The company says that medicine will be kept in a “safe, lock box during transit.”

Read more on cnet

09 Feb


Sidecar launches same-day delivery service, partners with Eat24

February 9, 2015 | By |


Sidecar is no longer just getting people from point A to point B — the company is delivering packages now, too.

The San Francisco-based startup announced a new service today rolling out nationwide called Sidecar Deliveries. For the past six months, the company has been testing a same-day delivery program in the Bay Area built on the mobile-based technology and independent drivers that already power its traditional on-demand transportation app.

“If you’ve taken a ride in San Francisco lately, there’s a good chance there was a passenger in the trunk — a package!” CEO Sunil Paul noted in a blog post.

Sidecar has been working with e-commerce, food, flower, and grocery companies to deliver items at a price point that is “80 percent cheaper than traditional services” and in half the typical delivery time, according to Paul. Read more on

23 Dec


Sidecar to Let Customers Choose Gender of Their Drivers

December 23, 2014 | By |

A Bay Area ride-share service is planning to step up to help female passengers feel safe.

Sidecar has announced on its blog it is letting customers select the gender of their drivers.

The San Francisco company has been letting users customize rides since February. And gender selection is the latest option.

This comes as Uber faces increasing criticism about its drivers. On Wednesday, an Uber driver near Boston was charged with sexually assaulting a passenger. Read more on

19 Dec


Sidecar takes the lead in the carpool race

December 19, 2014 | By |

It’s been four months since Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar officially launched their carpool features. And although all three rideshare companies have marketed their new carpool feature to the masses, one of them is pulling ahead: Sidecar.

It has expanded its carpool option to the most cities and seen record-breaking use in the process. The company trotted out a host of statistics and facts during a recent interview with me. The overall picture was clear: Sidecar’s carpooling feature is now its main source of growth, and a welcome injection.

Sidecar’s Shared Rides feature is now available in five cities, compared to three for both Lyft and Uber. In the cities where it launched the feature, 40 percent of the rides Sidecar offers are carpool. Uber wouldn’t disclose its percentage of UberPool rides. Lyft told me that as of a few months ago, 30 percent of its rides in San Francisco were Lyft Line, but it declined to share more up-to-date figures or the percentages of other cities. Read more on Gigaom

16 Sep


Facing Big Ride-Sharing Competitors, Sidecar Enlists Richard Branson

September 16, 2014 | By |

Doing battle against two heavily financed competitors, ride-sharing startup LLC, which goes by the name Sidecar, closed on $15 million in a new round of funding as tech-facilitated alternatives to the traditional taxi ride proliferate.

Existing investors Avalon Ventures and Union Square Ventures provided the funding alongside new backer Richard Branson.

“An entrepreneurial company like Sidecar can take on the big guys with innovation and big ideas, not just big bank accounts,” Mr. Branson said in a blog post that appeared on Sidecar’s blog on Monday. Read more on Wall Street Journal

15 Sep


Ridesharing Service Sidecar Raises Another $15 Million, Adds Sir Richard Branson As Investor

September 15, 2014 | By |

San Francisco-headquartered ridesharing startup Sidecar, which competes with on-demand car services like Uber and Lyft, announced this morning it has raised an additional $15 million in funding. The new round comes from existing investors Avalon Ventures, Huron River Ventures, and Union Square Ventures, and includes participation from new investor and Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson. Previously, Sidecar had raised $20 million through A and B rounds, the latest of which was announced in February.

Recently, the company rolled out Shared Rides in San Francisco, allowing customers to save on the cost of their trips by getting matched with other nearby riders who then share the car and the price of the ride with you. To date, Sidecar says it has offered Shared Rides to 13,000 people since its launch four months ago, and is now planning to grow the service by expanding it locally and “beyond,” with the goal of hitting 500,000 rides in one year. Read more on TechCrunch

08 Jul


Help SideCar Change the Way People Get Around

July 8, 2014 | By |

sidecar-smNow hiring Designers, Developers, and Operations support to support rapid growth! A full range of Marketing, Management, Customer Service, and PR roles need to be filled! Find out more.

12 Mar


Testing UberX, Lyft and Sidecar Against a Cab in Six Cities

March 12, 2014 | By |

The Amazing Ride-Share Race. We had six teams use ride-sharing services and a taxi cab to get to the same destination in peak-hour traffic in six cities….The one app that stood out as a winner is Sidecar. Not only did it cost, on average, about 10% less than the taxi, but it gave us more of a feeling of control. Read more on



19 Feb


After Raising $10M From USV, SideCar Pivots To Offer A Ride-sharing Marketplace

February 19, 2014 | By |

Peer-to-peer ride-sharing startup SideCar is releasing a brand new version of its app for both passengers and drivers, which will provide more flexibility for drivers and more choice for passengers. The new version is being announced along with an investment by Union Square Ventures and the appointment of Fred Wilson to its board of directors. Read more on TechCrunch.

15 May


SideCar Hires eBay Exec Gregory Boutte And Hulu Exec Rob Wong As It Looks To Accelerate Growth

May 15, 2013 | By |

The San Francisco-based SideCar announced today it has hired two key tech executives to join the company and focus on product development and revenue generation: Gregory Boutte, most recently VP of eBay’s electronics and motors divisions, is joining SideCar as Chief Revenue Officer, and Robert Wong, most recently VP of product at Hulu, will serve as SideCar’s EVP of product.

In a post on SideCar’s company blog, CEO Sunil Paul said the two new execs “will help us build our brand visibility and prepare for global expansion.”

Read more on TechCrunch