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BOO! Did I scare you? No? Well if I didn’’t … keep reading. For my entire life October 31st has been my favorite day of the year. Costumes, candy, Jack-O-Lantern’s, scary stories, horror movies, haunted houses, and most importantly … staying out late on a school night: every child’s dream! However, some of my Indian friends and co-workers here in Bangalore don’t know what Halloween is about. They know that people dress up in extravagant…

Celebrate! Celebrate good times, c’mon! If you haven’t yet noticed, Zoom has been getting a lot of positive media attention in the past week. We were recently featured in the Times of India, as well as the Economic Times, VentureBeat and Bangalore Mirror to name a few. We were also featured in Term Sheet, PE Hub, TechinAsia, and many others as well. For the past week, Zoom has been on the lips of every journalist in town … and for good reason. So…

This week we would like to bring some attention to those who don’t get enough credit here at Zoom. Every time you rent a car and self drive, these are the people who help make the process easier. They take your calls, book your reservations, help you when you get into trouble, and most importantly they keep you smiling. Without these people, Zoom wouldn’t be able to keep the self-drive revolution alive. We are truly…

“Our purpose in founding the city was not to make any one class in it surpassingly happy, but to make the city as a whole as happy as possible.” ~ Socrates Pedestrian woes are hitting every city as hard as any other “big city problems” they face. Narrow roads, heavy vehicular traffic and unsafe/non-existent pedestrian facilities are some of the many issues that exist in Indian cities today. Adding to these infrastructure issues is the…

Ganesha Chaturthi: The Festival of Ganesha This coming Monday is Ganesha Chaturthi.  For those of you who don’t know, Ganesha Chaturthi is a Hindu festival celebrated on the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati.  It is the day that Shiva declared his son Ganesha superior to all the other gods, with the exceptions of Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiva, and Parvati.  The devotees of Ganesh believe that throughout the 10 day festival Ganesh…

Yesterday morning, a 23-year old Bangalore tech worker on a motorcycle was killed by a bus as he maneuvered to avoid a sewage-filled crater in the middle of the road.  The hole was left by stalled road construction. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/Bike-rider-comes-under-bus/articleshow/22383286.cms Well-maintained roads are not just a matter of convenience and the economic well-being of the city.  They are quite literally a matter of life and death for Bangalore motorists. Call the politicians who spend your tax…

We were recently featured on the front page of the Times of India, on the Wall Street Journal’s India Blog, and on CNN Money!  This comes on top of our earlier great coverage in The Hindu, CNBC India, Forbes, and many others.  Excitement is continuing to build, and we owe it all to our enthusiastic members.  Thank you to all those self-drivers who Zoom with us in Bangalore! This recent press coverage discusses how the two founders of Zoom,…

Here at Zoom we are proud to introduce the newest member of the Zoom fleet: the Mahindra Reva E2O.  Zoom is now the only car rental company in India to offer a plug-in electric vehicle for self-drive.  Our members are free to hire the car by the hour or by the day. The new E2O has a state-of-the-art lithium ion battery.  The E2O can travel up to 100km without recharging.  That gives a whole new meaning to “The…

As an American in Bangalore, many people ask me what’s the most glaring difference between Bangalore and one of the leading US cities such as New York or San Francisco.  While countless items run to mind, my response is usually a bit unconventional: speedbumps. Yes, that’s right, those not so delightful humped surprises that ubiquitously litter the streets of Bangalore.  Take to the streets in any form of transportation here and they are impossible to ignore.  Regardless…