Dallas startup, Gurrate, to launch at SXSW

At our Holiday Dallas New Tech, we had the pleasure of seeing Tiffany Ricks present on the Gurrate app.

Gurrate is a mobile app for travelers to sell empty seats in their car share, ride share or taxi, “like StubHub.com, but for travelers seeking affordable ground transportation.”

Gurrate was picked as a finalist at the ReleaseIT event at SXSW on March 13, and will be officially launching there.

And while they’re in Austin, Gurrate is petitioning all SXSW attendees and the city of Austin to make a pledge to ride to SXSW events using eco-friendly modes of transportation (walk, bike, bus, ride share).

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“Austin is ranked 4th in the nation for the worst traffic congestion and during SXSW it is only going to get worst because the event draws over 70,000 attendees,” said the company, in a press release. “This movement is about spending less time in traffic and more time enjoying SXSW.”

By taking the pledge (you can sign up here), Gurrate hopes to encourage change at SXSW and share the empty seats that are available – “90% of the rideshare vehicles operate with an empty seat. So let’s change SXSW and share those empty seats with another SXSW traveler!”

You can learn more about Gurrate and their app on their website!

Rachel Winstead

Rachel is a freelance writer and works at Soap Hope in downtown Dallas. She hates the term "disrupt," tweets about startups, and appreciates a well-crafted hashtag.