Jeremy Hobson: Today Zipcar is going public. The car-sharing company which is popular among city dwellers and college students was founded about a decade ago. And it’s grown to more than a half a million members since then.
Marketplace Steve Henn reports.
Steve Henn: Zipcar has ironic ads, cool cars and a growing customer base. It even bought a competitor in London. But there’s one thing Zipcar doesn’t have: profits.
Michael Millman: Yes, after 10 years I would think they should have shown a profit.
Michael Millman is a rental car analyst and isn’t convinced that Zipcar will succeed. But Kathy Smith is more optimistic. She researches new IPOs at Renaissance Capital.
Kathy Smith: The company is making money in the early markets that it has started.
If you break it down, the company is turning a profit in Boston, New York and Washington D.C. And Smith says Zipcar’s plowing that cash into new markets.
Smith: The reason it’s not making money is it’s expanding very quickly.
Smith thinks Zipcar could spark a new multi-billion dollar industry — but even she expects bumps in the road.
In Silicon Valley, I’m Steve Henn for Marketplace.
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