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TWiST #156 with Sam Zaid of Getaround

Co-founder and CEO Sam Zaid joins Jason to talk about the car-sharing movement and its eco implications, what life is like at the famed Singularity U and how he stood up to the haters and came out on top.

0:00-2:00 Today on This Week in Startups we have Sam Zaid of Getaround.
2:00-4:00 Thank you to MailChimp for sponsoring the show!
4:30-5:00 Sam, do you use MailChimp?
5:00-5:30 Tell the audience what Getaround is.
6:15-6:45 How do you know the person isn't going to destroy the car?
6:45-8:00 What do you do to make the car renters feel at ease?
8:00-8:45 So if I rent a car you ensure it for me?
10:30-12:00 How can I save money on this as a consumer?
12:00-13:00 $45 a day for a Jeep Wrangler is a third of the price of other rental agencies.
13:00-13:30 How do you handle the gas situation?
13:30-14:00 How did you come up with the idea and when did you start the company?
14:00-15:30 Explain what Singularity University is.
15:30-16:30 How long is the course?
17:00-18:30 How many people were in the class? What's a day like at Singularity U?
20:00-21:00 Did you find the investors at Singularity?
21:30-22:15 As an entrepreneur, how do you go from everybody thinking your an idiot to everybody thinking you're the messiah?
22:15-23:00 How many cities are you in right now and how do you expand into a new city?
25:00-26:15 What's the revenue potential that you've seen for the renters?
26:15-27:00 How did you get three Teslas? What's your relationship with them?
27:00-28:00 Do I have to put my name on the account as an owner?
28:00-29:00 So this becomes enough to cover a person's car payment?
30:00-32:00 Discussion of recent documentaries on oil production.
32:00-33:30 Did they talk about peak oil at Singularity? Were you influenced by this?
33:30-34:45 Is this sort of big-picture thinking what Singularity did for you?
34:45-35:30 From the audience: Does Getaround register on rental company's radars?
36:00-37:30 Thank you to iStockphoto for sponsoring the show.
37:30-38:30 Do you try to get the ok from cities to do this?
38:30-40:00 Question from EP Greg Berry: What if someone returns a car with more than normal wear and tear? What's my recourse as a car owner for covering damages?
40:00-43:00 How do you verify my driving record?
44:30-46:00 What does the car kit do? How much does it cost?
46:00-47:45 Do you have anyone who's becoming a power renter, like on eBay and Airbnb?
47:45-49:30 What if someone said I'll only rent my car if I know where it goes and how fast it goes?
49:30-51:00 Tyler, would you rent a car if you knew I could find out where you went?
51:00-52:45 Tell me about the TechCrunch Disrupt experience?
54:45-56:45 Sam, we wish you continued success with Getaround. Do you know which city you'll go to next?
56:45-57:15 We're taking an Ask Jason question from Milan in Serbia.
57:15-1:01:00 Milan: "Do you think that CountdownGames.tv is a good domain name? Or should I use a more unique, short name?"
1:01:00-1:01:30 Sam, are you angry at Getaround knock offs?
1:01:30-1:03:30 Milan, thank you for being a super fan.
1:05:00-1:06:00 This has been a great episode, thank you Milan and congratulations to Sam.
1:06:00-1:07:00 Thank you to MailChimp and iStockphoto.

Special thanks to the TWiST List Producer Program!

Executive Producers
Louis-Eric Simard, Benjamin Gifford, Jacek Artymiak, Octavian Mihai, Will Paoletto, Geoffrey Clapp, Eien Hyett, Jeff Hoffer, Kyle Lonzo, Austin Miller, Rashaun Sourles, Robb Kunz, Greg Berry, Sean Lynch, Mary Ann Halford, Jim Joyce, Morgan Howard, Margaret Johns, Kyle M. Brown, Paul Cole, Nick Duncan, Magnus Ingvarsson
Eli Coler, Ted Inoue, Radek Rybicki, Hunter Owens, Christian Owens, Ben Altieri, Casey Wach, Cam Collins, Ildar Khakimov, Matti Hallanoro, Rodrigo Dauster, Rodrigo Fuentes, Anthony Ortenzi, Daniel de la Cruz, Michael Hofmann, John Meneses
Associate Producers
Brad Pineau, Kat Ganesan, Nicholas Christian, Mau Frontier, Kyle Braatz, Serena Ehrlich, Nathan Hangen, Lauri Hahne, JD, Trudy Baidoo, Ian Gerstel, Julian Hearn, Alex Lotoczko, James Kennedy, Benoit Curdy, Asher Nevins, Mike Kaltschnee, Paul Higgins, Patrick Altman, William Doom, David Lee, Jake Kerber, Sarp Coskun
Ryan Hoover, Michael Cranston, Josiah Thomas, João Fernandes, Petrus Theron, Michael Wild, Adrian Grant, Dale Emmons, Kieran McGrady, Tim de Jardine, Alejandro Vasquez, C. Dain Miller, Joshua Opatz, Milan Babuskov, Chris Rowe, Nelson Melo, James Dawson, Toddy Mladenov, Daniel Torres, Chris Macke, Piotr Zuralski, Armand Konan


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