Seattle Startup Pays Drivers to Carpool

Seattle Tech Roundup for Wednesday May 18, 2011

With gas prices rising, Zebigo.com rolls out new carpooling service in Seattle GeekWire

Seattle startup Zebigo.com offers a solution to the city’s traffic jams, soaring gas prices and even upcoming bridge tolls with a rider match service that lets commuters earn on the drive to work. CEO Mark Russell will introduce his safe, quick and simple carpooling app at the Fremont Transportation Fair with an official debut to follow.

Startup Spotlight: Art Sumo tracks down cool art all over the world (so you don’t have to) GeekWire

Trading a Microsoft gig for a self-funded, socially driven venture gave Naysawn Naderi a chance to combine an entrepreneurial vision with a love for travel and a commitment to lifelong learning. With his Seattle startup Art Sumo, he provides a platform for struggling artists and an opportunity to purchase original art while potentially changing lives, improving on the efforts of sites like Etsy and eBay.

Despite The Hype, Just 5 Percent Of U.S. Owns A Tablet, Says Nielsen CrunchGear

Tablets lag other wireless devices in market share, but their owners comprise a demographic coveted by advertisers – while non-owners represent an amazing opportunity as future buyers. Despite the ballyhoo surrounding their debut, tablets are in the hands of only 5% of Americans, and 80% of them bear the Apple iPad brand.

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