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Getaround wins TechCrunch Disrupt 2011!


If you haven’t heard yet, Getaround (a person to person car sharing service) just won TechCrunch disrupt 2011! Getaround allows anyone to rent their own cars out to approved parties – i.e. anyone can start their own car rental company – great stuff :)

This is significant for this city since two of the company founders, Sam Zaid & Jessica Scorpio are from Ottawa. Before Getaround, Sam was involved in founding Apption Software & Gazaro and Jessica founded IDEAL in addition to having worked for the PMO.

If you haven’t seen their winning presentation, check it out here!

By Aydin Mirzaee

Ottawa startup, Gazaro @ TechCrunch 50

In case you were wondering if Ottawa had any demoing companies at TechCrunch50 (demo-pit), the answer is yes. Gazaro is a local startup incubated by Apption.

Gazaro is all about finding the biggest sales on the internet. The team has a proprietary crawler that keeps track of a large number of online stores and flyers and will flag sales upon occurrence. If you are signed up for the service, you can either get an email or just subscribe to an RSS feed to get notified of sales that are relevant to you.

I’ve been trying out Gazaro for a while and it truly does make you aware of great deals that you’d never otherwise hear about. The whole process is completely unobtrusive since I have a Gazaro RSS feed that I check whenever I’m reading my blogs.

Gazaro is the brainchild of Sam Zaid & Dr. Paul Lem. Dom Plouffe (formerly of FuseTalk is the lead architect).

By Aydin Mirzaee