JESSICA SCORPIO

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Topic: Technology

Expertise: Driverless Cars, Disruptive Technology, Entrepreneurship

Jessica Scorpio is the Founder and VP of Marketing at Getaround – a car sharing company based in San Francisco. She completed the inaugural class of Singularity University’s Graduate Studies Program and is a founding member of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum. Jessica previously founded IDEAL, a non-profit focused on connecting young leaders with seasoned experts and worked in the Canadian Prime-Minister’s office as a writer and brand marketer.

“We hope to be a platform for self-driving cars in the future”

During the summer of 2009 at the Singularity University, Google co-founder Larry Page challenged a class of 40 students to pick an idea that could impact one billion people.

One of the program’s students, Jessica Scorpio, thought if she could get enough people to share their cars with neighbours, she could reach one billion people around the world. For it to work, Scorpio would need more than a business plan. People would have to start thinking differently, and they would have to value access to cars over ownership.

After finishing the program, the Canadian-born entrepreneur turned her idea into a company called Getaround. It’s like Airbnb for cars; it allows owners to rent their vehicles to peers for short durations.

Take-aways

  • Make bold choices
  • Focus and keep fighting
  • Start small – launch big