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Reinventing the Wheels

Getaround combines the car rental business with mobile technology and environmental awareness.

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This story appears in the September 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Reinventing the WheelsJessica Scorpio was a grad student at Singularity University--a sort of futurist boot camp on the old NASA Ames base near Mountain View, Calif.,--and the challenge was this: build a company that would have a positive effect on a billion people during the next 10 years.

She and the nine other members of her team decided to focus on energy and the environment. "Since the transportation industry hasn't really changed much in the past 50 years," says Scorpio, 23, "we thought it was pretty ripe for some innovation."

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