What a year it has been! It blows my mind to think that it has already been one year since we launched at our first location in Malleshwaram with just seven cars. Since then we have expanded our fleet to over 50 cars across 11 locations and we have no intentions of slowing down! To show our appreciation for our wonderful customers who choose to self-drive with Zoom, we present to you the Zoom Year in Review!
When we first started all we had were Ford Figos and Mahindra Scorpio S7s. Today, we are proud to say that we have grown our fleet to include the BMW 3-Series, Volkswagen Vento, and 8-seat Scorpio. We also became the first car rental company in India to offer a plug-in electric vehicle, the Mahindra Reva E2O. To this day we remain the only exclusively self-drive car hire company in India.
Zoom was also very fortunate to be featured in some major publications throughout the year. We appeared on the front page of the Times of India, and we had stories in the Wall Street Journal, The Hindu, Gigaom, Team-BHP and Entrepreneur Magazine, and were even on CNBC! The Economic Times also named us one of the 14 start-ups to watch in ’14. Needless to say, it feels great to know that this many people have noticed our success!
Not only were we featured in the news, but we also raised $1.6 million from Empire Angels, FundersClub, Larry Summers, Lady Barbara Judge, professors at Wharton, Harvard Law School, and the Judge School of Business at Cambridge University, as well as other individuals. Since then we have worked hard to put that money to good use, focusing on enhancing the user experience while growing our fleet to give our customers more options.
Frustrated with the many transportation issues in Bangalore, we decided to do something about it. In partnership with Uber, we started #RideSmartBLR – a campaign to empower Bangaloreans to take the right transportation option for each trip. After seeing the fantastic impact we were having, we were then joined by the Ashoka Foundation, Campus Diaries, and Grallo, as well as many of our favorite local bars and restaurants. This campaign also got public attention from Rohan Bopanna, Prasd Bidapa, and Rohit Barker!
Most importantly, the Freedom of Four Wheels introduced our customers to a whole new world of self-driving options. Whether it was visiting a temple for Ganesha Chaturthi, going on vacation in Goa or Kerala over Independence Day or Christmas, going for a midnight snack in Bangalore itself, having an alternative to a two-wheeler in the monsoon season, having a car for weddings and other festivals (or for an important business meeting), or even driving all the way to Ladakh (!) we helped people make thousands of life-long memories.
We wouldn’t be where we are today without all of our amazing members who choose to self-drive with Zoom. We appreciate your continued support, feedback, and suggestions, and we encourage all of you to let us know how we can improve the self-drive experience! We promise to accomplish even more in the first 6 months of 2014 than we did in all of 2013. We know it will be an exciting year for all of our members and fans, and we are enthusiastic about what lies ahead.
From all of us at Zoom, thank you for choosing Indias first Self-Drive Car Hire service for your transportation needs. We wish you all the best of luck in your endeavors throughout the coming year, and hope that you continue to self-drive with a smile