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Company Overview of Lyft Inc.

Company Overview

Lyft Inc. helps commuters to share rides with friends, classmates, and coworkers going the same way. It helps organizations to establish private and social networks for ridesharing. The company focuses on college, university, and corporate communities. Lyft Inc. was formerly known as Zimride, Inc. and changed its name to Lyft Inc. in May 2013. The company was founded in 2007 and is based in San Francisco, California.

548 Market Street

Suite 68514

San Francisco, CA 94104

United States

Founded in 2007



Key Executives for Lyft Inc.

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Co-Founder and President
Chief Operating Officer
Strategy Chief
Age: 45
Vice President of Marketing
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

Lyft Inc. Key Developments

Ascension Partners with Lyft to Offer Non-Emergency Patient Transportation

Ascension has partnered with Lyft to make non-emergency transportation services available to patients facing transportation barriers. The agreement will provide an additional resource for Ascension’s most vulnerable patients by making available convenient and reliable transportation, furthering Ascension’s promise to deliver Healthcare That Leaves No One Behind and its efforts to create an exceptional experience for those it serves at an affordable cost. Lyft drivers will be available for transportation to and from many of Ascension’s 2,500 sites of care, including 141 hospitals, in 24 states plus Washington, D.C. Through Ascension, Lyft will provide patients with direct transportation to a passenger’s destination and quick response times from drivers, with convenient and customer-friendly service. Lyft plans to expand its service to more communities served by Ascension over the next several months.

Teamsters, Lyft Drivers File Objections to Class-Action Lawsuit Settlement

Lyft drivers, the Uber Lyft Teamsters Rideshare Alliance (ULTRA), Teamsters Joint Council 7 and Teamsters Joint Council 42 have filed legal objections to a class-action lawsuit settlement which would continue to misclassify Lyft employees in California as independent contractors. The objections were filed in federal district court in San Francisco. The case is being heard by Judge Vince Chhabria. In their filing, the objectors stated that the proposed settlement "does not provide sufficient monetary compensation to the class, and the non-monetary components of the settlement are of dubious value or do not substantially change Lyft's practices. The proposed settlement does not include any money for workers resulting from Lyft's violations of the minimum wage, violations of the law requiring accurate wage statements, unpaid meal and rest breaks, prompt payment violations and reporting time violations. After Lyft drivers and the Teamsters filed objections to a preliminary settlement in this case in March, Chhabria ordered the attorneys to go back to the table to correct deficiencies in the monetary value of the settlement covering 100,000 California drivers. The current $27 million settlement was adjusted from the preliminary settlement amount of $12.5 million because of inaccuracies in calculating the mileage logged by drivers. The proposed final settlement covers only 17% of estimated damages for the drivers' reimbursement claim. Of that amount, $3.675 million will go to attorneys' fees. The settlement leaves in place Lyft's misclassification of its drivers as independent contractors, and permits Lyft to deprive its drivers of their right to bring class actions in the future, while also forcing them into costly arbitrations of disputes involving their compensation and bonuses. Due to various carve-outs contained in the settlement, the arbitration provision provides less protection than state law. Unlike employees, independent contractors do not have the rights to receive overtime pay, reimbursement for expenses and many other rights under the California Labor Code.

Lyft Announces Executive Appointments

Lyft hired two new key executives. The company hired its first strategy chief, Raj Kapoor, an already driving force inside the company who lead its Series A round at Mayfield Fund and has served on its board since 2014. The company has also hired Melissa Waters as vice president of marketing, to replace Kira Wampler, who is leaving to become the CEO of Art.com. Waters was previously vice president of brand and product marketing at Pandora.

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