John Zimmer is the co-founder and President of Lyft. His interest in transportation began in college where he learned that cars remain parked 96% of the time and when used, only 20% of seats are occupied. After graduating first in his class from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, John spent two years at Lehman Brothers. In 2008, he left Lehman to rideshare his way from New York to San Francisco and join co-founder Logan Green in launching Zimride, and eventually Lyft.
With Lyft, John’s goal is to improve people’s lives by creating transportation and cities that are more affordable, sustainable, and community oriented. The company was launched in 2012 and today employs nearly 2,500 people, including a world-class executive team from companies such as Facebook, Tesla, Google, Amazon, YouTube, and Walmart. Lyft is currently available to 95% of the US population as well as in Toronto and Ottawa, and provides 10 million rides a week.