About

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JAMES LANTOS

Founder of the Boston Auto Tour, Jim has been driving for Uber and Lyft in the Boston area since 2014 in between running a startup. Here are some milestones:

  1. > 7,000 rides given

  2. Chatted with thousands of riders

  3. 100+ pages of notes and observations taken (including hundreds of stories and rider restaurant picks)

  4. 200K miles driven

  5. 3 cars

  6. A dozen tires used (including 2 blown)

  7. Dozens of oil changes

  8. $20K in gas

  9. Thousands of potholes

  10. 4,000 photos

  11. Compiled long lists compiled of bad intersections, bad rotaries, secret panoramas, and beautiful neighborhoods

Jim came to the rideshare world after spending 25 years working in software development in various fields including the sciences, administration and startups. He was formerly the founder of an e-commerce company that collaborated with Amazon for over 10 years.

He graduated from the University of Michigan and pursued post-graduate studies in the sciences, computer science and data science at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Massachusetts and Bentley University. 

Jim estimates he’s driven on Storrow Drive over 1,000 times in the past year, and been to Logan airport about the same.

You can read his Uber feedback here (as of 2018). And check out this video about him produced by Uber.

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JARRETT WOLD

For over 20 years Jarrett led development efforts involving web services, web development, digital, portal development and information search. He brings extensive experience designing infrastructure and implementing technology to support large-scale applications for consumer-facing experiences. Jarrett directed SEO and core programming for AOL Entertainment (Music, Movies, TV) and served as technical lead for AOL Video 2.0. He also lead the development effort of several major blogs and websites including: bicycling.com, organicgardening.com and menshealth.com. Jarrett has a BS in Information Studies from Syracuse University.

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EDWARD MORAN

Edward is a literary historian specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American social and cultural history. He was associate editor of the World Authors reference series published by H. W. Wilson. He was literary advisor to the 2006 documentary film Hyam Plutzik: American Poet and has contributed many articles about Plutzik's work to the Hyam Plutzik website, the Times Literary Supplement, the Paris Review, Publishers Weekly, Inspicio magazine, and other publications. He was also associate editor of the Random House Dictionary of the English Language, the English language editor for the Japanese American News Corporation, chief editor of Global Rhythm magazine, and a contributing writer to the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture.

DAVID DUFAULT

David is a historian and licensed history educator with a special interest in researching Boston-area historical sites. For the past three years, he has conducted and coordinated tours of famous Boston and Cambridge neighborhoods, including City Hall, Hancock Cemetery, North End, Fenway, Harvard, and the Freedom Trail.  Prior to that, he was a docent and tour guide for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate in Boston, where he also conducted a research project to help present its People of the Senate exhibit more effectively