Not everyone at the International Consumer Electronics Show is loaded with technology or wads of r&d cash. And not everyone has the keys to a Tesla roadster in their pocket.
Jessica Scorpio has the latter.
As one of three founders of Getaround.com, she's a 23-year-old entrepreneur with a mission. The small, Silicon Valley, Calif., startup wants to be the next Zipcar of the industry, with a bit less glitz.
Like Zipcar, Getaround is a peer-to-peer car sharing program with a twist.
Car owners put their vehicles up for rent on an hourly, daily or weekly basis. Getaround serves as the middleman, matching those “buyers” with “sellers” and providing the insurance protection for the vehicles and the setup capabilities – such as an iPhone app to unlock vehicles remotely -- to make the trades happen.
The business model: Getaround gets 30 percent of the rental rate, which varies between $4 and $25 per hour depending on the level of vehicle. Like eBay, the car owner sets the price.