Thursday, September 27, 2007

Ridester is coming to facebook!

With all the craze surrounding facebook, we got a little jealous and thought we'd like to join in on the fun. Coming soon, Ridester will have mini-application on facebook where you can share your journeys with friends and see where other facebook users are going!

Stay tuned...

Thursday, March 15, 2007

FREE Roadside Assistance

We're pleased to announce that all rides shared through now get FREE roadside assistance. The service is offered in partnership with the Better World Club - a leading provider earth-friendly roadside assistance in all 50 states.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

George Bush's State of the Union Adress - a 20% reduction in gas consumption?

In his latest State of the Union Address, George Bush laid out his goal for a 20% reduction in gas consumption over the next decade. He talked about the urgency of alternative energy sources such as ethanol and setting higher fuel efficiency standards. Sadly, he neglected to mention the huge role you and I can play.

Our daily habits, whether its carpooling to work or supporting 'green' companies, all have an impact. Services like ZipCar make reserving a car for occasional needs (instead of owning one) as hassle-free as renting a day-locker at the gym, and companies like Better World Club offer full-featured roadside assistance without the anti-environmental lobbying of AAA. These companies and others like them reflect a growing breed of corporate consciousness that all of us, as consumers, have the ability to empower.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Ridesharing Thoughts..

As the Ridester community grows, something significant is happening - ridesharing is starting to achieve adoption beyond a niche population. Day by day, it's gradually moving to mainstream. I remember the dawn of dating-sites when the general consensus was that online romance was for lunatics. Well things change - it's ok to find love online. With Ridester - the paradigm is changing too. While craigslist is great for the casual and chaotic, and achieves a vibrant critical mass within its audience, it fails to provide the ingredients for a truly widespread rideshare marketplace as Ridester does. I've talked to many of the new members on Ridester and am amazed at the mainstream demographic that are opening up to ridesharing now that Ridester makes it sensible with feedback-ratings, a payment system, personal profiles, smart route matching, and effective notifications.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

New Ridester Review had a great review about Ridester on Friday. We're pleased to see more people across America discovering the value of our unique service. However, with something so new and different, there are inevitably new questions and occasional confusion. One of the review's comments asked , "...isn't this comparable to being a gypsy cab? isn't that illegal?..."

The answer is no. is not a gypsy cab service in any way.
According to Merriam Webster, a gypsy cab is "a taxicab licensed only to answer calls." In other words, someone says, "Hey there, I need a ride from A to B and I'll pay you X dollars to take me. The driver is then a 'gypsy cab.'

Ridester doesn't allow drivers to 'answer calls'. Quite the contrary, drivers must list trips in advance, and can only receive requests from riders who need to travel along the routes of those listed trips. This is known as 'ridesharing', not 'gypsy cabbing'. Shared transportation is generally defined as "ridesharing" if the intent of the trip is personal and the driver is offering rides to defray travel costs - that is exactly how Ridester works.

With thousands of miles of highways moving millions of people all over the place, we're proud to offer the first service that provides a passenger marketplace for sharing road trip costs anywhere in America (and eventually Canada).

Monday, December 04, 2006

November was an exciting and eventful month for Ridester - the Greyhound bus alternative. We welcomed our 10,000th member and appeared in US News and Time Magazine.
We also listened to your thoughts and responded with some cool new features. Below are a few things you'll notice next time you visit.

1. 30% site speed increase.
2. Improved payment and price flexibility.
3. An even easier interface for requesting rides.
4. A messaging system to anonymously communicate before committing.

Four months into our Beta, we're proud of what you have helped us achieve. We're also deeply thankful for the support from our growing community.
And as always, if you'd like to share a few tips or ideas, we're slaves to your suggestions!


Ridester Team

Monday, November 20, 2006

Ridester in Time Magazine

Ridester will be recognized in the November 27th release of Time Magazine.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Nominated as cool site of the day! has been nominated as cool site of the day for November 15th! Here at Ridester, we happen to think we're the cool site of everyday, but that's besides the point.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Ridester Status Update

Ridester is growing at a steady pace and our team would like to thank all of our early adopters!

We're planning on adding an internal messaging system for riders and drivers to ask each other questions. For full disclosure, We've also discovered (well actually, users found them) two very minor bugs we are fixing tonight.
  • The age is displayed improperly for Drivers 55 and over.
  • There are occasional issues with riders leaving feedback for drivers.

Thanks for your support!

Ridester Team

Friday, October 20, 2006

Browse by State

We've added the ability to browse by state. Enjoy.