Even if you never drive and text, you only have to be asked so many times “do you want me to help you DJ/navigate?” by your passengers before you know you still might have a behind-the-wheel device usage problem. As a chronic (and embarrassed) checker of directions and changer of tracks while driving, I was immediately attracted to Navdy for its potential to make me a safer driver.
It was just three years ago this month that our team sold our first car using a new platform we were creating, and boom: Shift was born. But things were a lot different back in 2014. We were working out of my apartment living room and parking cars on the street (or in the Costco parking lot), and doing the sales ourselves, all because we had this crazy idea about transforming the used car industry. Needless to say, it was a wild first couple of months.
Since that time, we have become the largest used-car seller in the Bay Area, built an incredible team, expanded to new markets, brought on board great investors, and have thousands of happy customers. It’s an awesome time for Shift and we are all incredibly bullish about where we are headed.
During all this time, Minnie Ingersoll, our co-founder and COO, has been instrumental in building our business. And she’s done this with an incredible work ethic, dedication, and determination that is unlike any other. At the same time, Minnie has grown her family, and is soon going to have a third child.
It is bittersweet for me to share that after 3+ years as our COO, Minnie has decided to not come back to Shift full-time after maternity leave, and instead join Code for America (CFA) as their new COO (check out this great Axios article about her move here!) And while I’m jealous that the folks at Code will get to work with Minnie every day, I’m thankful that she has agreed to stay on as an advisor. As one of our founders, Minnie will always be a huge and important part of Shift.
Anyone who has met Minnie knows that she has an incredible heart, and it is that big heart that has inspired her to make this professional change. She is also an open book (I can always count on her to give me honest and constructive feedback, even if I don’t want to hear it!) And it is with that same honesty and integrity that she has written about why she decided to join Code in this awesome LinkedIn post. I encourage you to read it.
It is not an exaggeration to say that there would be no Shift without Minnie. From the very beginning, she dove headfirst with us as we built this company and worked tirelessly to make car buying and selling better for consumers. And while it would be impossible for me to list all of her amazing contributions (there are too many to count!), I would like to highlight a few. Whether it’s creating a fun work culture, raising awareness about important issues in the tech community, or just being an awesome colleague and even better friend, I will always be thankful that I had Minnie by my side during Shift’s early years.
Minnie has made me better in so many ways: as a CEO, as a leader, and – most importantly – as a person. I am so grateful to her for her friendship. Minnie, from the bottom of my heart I want to say thank you for the role you played in making the dream of this company reality. We could not have done it without you.
Okay, we admit it, we’re big fans of Turo. They make owning a car just a little bit more feasible and several of us at Shift use their service—a platform that allows car owners to rent out their cars—to make a little side income.
We’ve written about how they make flexible ownership possible and their really interesting BMWs, so before we draw the lucky winner of a dream weekend Turo rental, we thought we’d take a peek at the most notable and bizarre cars in their inventory. Continue reading “The 9 Most Extraordinary Cars Available for Rent on Turo”
For vacations in most states, you drive to the amusement. In California, the drive is the amusement. Continue reading “Northern California’s 6 Best Drives and Roadtrips: Shift’s Picks”
We gave away a car for the first time last Thanksgiving and weren’t sure how it would go. We did it in the spirit of the season to thank our customers for making Shift the largest seller of used cars in the Bay (we’re still really grateful for that, thanks again to everyone who’s worked with us.) It turned out great, and the peak driving season of summer is now here, so we’re doing it again.
We work with a lot of BMWs sellers at Shift. In fact, their popularity among our customers is a big part of why we’re giving away a BMW this summer. In that spirit, we thought we’d take a look at the availability of BMWs on another platform: Turo. Continue reading “The 5 Coolest BMWs Available for Rent on Turo”
In case you’re considering a test drive this weekend, our pricing team has combed through our inventory to highlight their picks for the best used car deals on Shift this week. Continue reading “Used Car Deals of the Week – June 2nd”
One of the most common discussions we have with customers deals with matching the right car to a given budget. It can be tough! We’ve seen cars that cost less than $10k, one car that cost $138k, and thousands of cars in between.
To help you better calibrate your car budget and get a better sense for the Shift inventory that matches it, we’ve created a quick and easy car loan calculator. Continue reading “Navigate Car Loan Calculation More Easily with Shift”
At Shift, we want a car’s detail page to be a virtual window into its heart and soul. To do that, we need to first give you all the information that’ll help you decide whether to schedule a test drive.
That’s why we just made a few changes to Shift’s vehicle detail pages that’ll make it easier for you to preview the condition of any car.
In case you’re considering a test drive this weekend, our pricing team has combed through our inventory to highlight their picks for the best used car deals on Shift this week. Continue reading “Used Car Deals of the Week – April 28”