In a city without Uber and Lyft, the need for easy, quick and safe driving services was paramount. Enter RideAustin, the exciting and innovative answer to the transportation woes marking the capital city. Serving the city proper and the entire greater Austin area, the nonprofit service endeavors to make a fair shake for both its drivers and riders: because of its nonprofit status Ride Share Austin Drivers are able to claim a higher percentage of fares and passengers still benefit from low, affordable fares. With apps available for both iOS and Android, RideAustin is as painless to access as it is to the wallet. Born from innovation and necessity, it's unique for many reasons. With a launch team helmed by local tech entrepreneur Joe Liemandt and Andy Tryba, the service is grounded in both tech and community: it's funded by donations and hours (paid and volunteered) from the city's tech community and beyond. Essentially, it's an Austin-grown, Austin-sustained business model. By adhering to the Prop 1 sanctioned fingerprinting regulations, RideAustin promises to provide a safe, dependable and trustworthy transportation option for locals and tourists alike. It is because RideAustin developed around the Prop 1 vote that it works and plans to stick around. Drivers are provided with insurance, which only reiterates RideAustin's mission to uplift and sustain a sense of community. But what makes RideAustin really cool is its donation feature and nonprofit status. Based in community, the service believes ridesharing should be available to all, which requires prices to stay low and wages to remain competitive. By not endeavoring to generate profits, this system works and local charities are benefited. Therefore, if riders choose to roundup their fare cost and give back to the community, everyone wins. All in all, RideAustin is a product made by members of the Austin community, for the Austin community. By helping each other out and supplying a satisfying solution to a problem, the city can only prosper and progress. So next time you a ride, keep RideAustin in mind.