An impressive example of altruistic entrepreneurship, reducing poverty and increasing environmental awareness is seen with the release of an independent ride share app called “Trees for Cars.” A homeless Leo Grand, code developer for the app, spent 1-hour a day for 16 weeks, learning how to code (in a Manhattan Park) from Patrick McConlogue.
According to iTunes, the current version of this app has 407 reviews which average a rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 stars. Grand says his mobile app is a, “great way to build relationships, strengthen communities, help each-other financially and energy wise, all under the umbrella of saving the environment."
In addition to connecting drivers and riders, like other popular ride-share companies like Uber, Lyft, and Sidercar, Trees for Cars uniquely provides information on how much CO2 the user is saving with each ride, uplifting environmental awareness “through a healthy competition amongst users to save the most CO2”, says Grand.
Some people may wonder if Trees for Cars has been subjected to any of the recent ride-sharing regulations imposed by the California Public Utilities Commission upon ride-share companies, following public outrage by many taxi-cab drivers in Los Angeles. The good news is that Trees for Cars is exempt because the primary purpose of its ride-sharing members is not to make a profit, and trips are distinctly pre-arranged.
Trees for Cars - http://signup.treesforcars.com
iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trees-for-cars/id767249238?mt=8
Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar - http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-ride-share-mobile-apps-and-sites/
recent ride-sharing regulations - http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/CA-Passes-First-Rules-For-Ridesharing-224471371.html
California Public Utilities Commission - http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/NR/rdonlyres/42294D2B-412E-466E-A74B-F1862BFC6924/0/PassengerCarriersBasicInfoandApplicantsRev012811.pdf
Yahoo - http://finance.yahoo.com/news/leo-the-homeless-coder-finished-his-app--and-you-can-download-it-right-now-195026043.html