We started Lyft with the hope that transportation can bring people together and in just 20 months, drivers and passengers have brought this dream to life in countless ways.
In just the last week, a Lyft driver travelled to Africa to shoot photos of budding musicians because of a ride he gave to the executive director of PeaceTones, a nonprofit empowering Kenyan musicians. Another driver witnessed an elderly woman having car trouble and dropped everything to help get her home, while in Los Angeles a group of passengers invited their Lyft driver to lunch after their ride.
Today we’re excited to announce we’ve raised $250 million that will help create more of these incredible experiences. Since launching our second city one year ago, Lyft has grown to 30 cities across the country, and this investment will help us continue to grow in the United States and around the world. We are thrilled that existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, Founders Fund and Mayfield participated in this round, and proud to have great new partners on board that support our long-term vision, including Coatue and Alibaba Group.
Lyft’s passionate community of drivers and passengers is what makes us who we are — as artists, as entrepreneurs, as students, and above all, as friends. The next time you take a Lyft, ask your driver what their story is and thank them for sharing a smile and helping make your day a little better.
Thanks for being part of this journey with us!
John & Logan