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April 10, 2009

Zimride Makes it Easier to Have Green Rides

Carpooling Community Partners with Zipcar and Facebook

An internet carpool community, Zimride gives users a way to find or make a carpool reduce carbon emissions and save money.� By combining social networks and route-matching service, Zimride makes it easy to catch a ride or share a ride with fellow passengers to virtually any destination.

Zimride combines its proprietary ride-matching algorithm and social networking components and Google Maps to provide universities, bands, companies and individuals to ride-share.

Launched in 2007, Zimride reports helping over 300,000 users find and give car-rides through its network, Currently, the service is free for individuals and groups with less than 50 members.� University networks, or company networks with 50 members or more, are asked to pay subscription fee .� Universities pay a licensing fee of $9,500 per year. �Today, Zimride is used extensively on six college campuses, such as Cornell, University of California, Santa Barbara, UCLA,� Stanford and on company networks like Walmart.

Users can select one-time trips, regular commutes and cab shares to destinations throughout the world notably in the United States, with a presence in Great Britain, Australia, and Singapore. In addition to matching up drivers and carpoolers, Zimride offers various on-site calculators that project money saved, and Co2 emmissions reduced through the carpool.

Last summer, Zimride was awarded the facebook (fb)Fund and� Zimride is available as a revenue generating application on Facebook giving friends an easy way to share rides.

Recently, Zimride announced its partnership with Zipcar to integrate carpooling and car-sharing in Stanford. In its partnership, members will be able to seek ride-sharers through at the time of car rental.

Zimride is co-founded by former student activists, Logan Green and John Zimmer and fellow co-founder, Matt Van Horn with a desire to improve the way our communities travel and carshare.� With a staff of 8 based in Palo Alto California, Mr. Green is Zimride�s� Chief Executive Officer and Mr Zimmer is Zimrides Chief Operations Officer.� Ashley Bickford is Zimride�s General Manager of University Relations.