Government’s Gamble: The Future of Transportation
It’s no secret that the transportation industry is changing in big cities. The days of simply hailing a cab are limited, with applications such as Uber, Sidecar and Getaround entering the marketplace – and giving traditional transportation a run for its money. But the government isn't always on board with these new initiatives, and creating struggles for these companies It’s no secret that the transportation industry is changing in big cities. Moderated by TechCrunch's Ryan Lawler, Lightspeed Venture Partners' Justin Caldbeck, Sidecar's CEO Sunil Paul and Getaround's co-founder Jessica Scorpio will discuss how transportation startups can effectively work with government organizations, and the future of the industry outside of big cities.to thrive and survive. Moderated by TechCrunch's Ryan Lawler, Lightspeed Venture Partners' Justin Caldbeck, Sidecar's CEO Sunil Paul and Getaround's co-founder Jessica Scorpio will discuss how transportation startups can effectively work with government organizations, and the future of the industry outside of big cities.
Padden Guy Murphy
Head of Public Policy
Padden leads Public Policy for Getaround. Getaround is the leading peer-to-peer carsharing platform that enables you to find, rent & unlock cars -- instantly from your phone. Every Getaround removes 7-13 other cars from the road, and Getaround owners earn up to $10,000 a year.
Getaround won TechCrunch Disrupt, was named top startups to watch by the Wall Street Journal, and has the investment support of Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Shervin Pishevar, Ashton Kutcher and others. Getaround is operating in San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Portland, and San Diego.
Getaround has successfully worked with government to pass car sharing legislation in California, Oregon & Washington State, and helped secure a $1.725 million federal grant from the Obama Administration for a pilot project to study the positive impacts of peer-to-peer car sharing. Padden manages Getaround's ongoing relationships & projects with the White House, Congress, state leaders, and local mayors. Getaround saw 12x growth in 2013 and recently announced a new insurance partnership with Assurant (NYSE: AIZ) that will enable nationwide expansion.
Padden has a Bachelors in International Relations & Chinese from Tufts University and a Masters in Modern Chinese Studies from Oxford University, where he studied US-Chinese technology policy. He is a Montanan.
Ryan has spent more than five years covering business, technology, and telecom-related subjects for a variety of publications based in New York and San Francisco. Ryan currently works as a writer for TechCrunch.