Tech Tuesday: The AirBnB of storage solutions

9NEWS at 7 a.m. 09/20/16.

KUSA - Gary Shapiro and Scott Yates sat down this week for their regular Tech Tuesdaysegment to discuss Stow, a mobile app designed to help its users offer and rent storage without involving professional storage companies.

The lack of space for all of our stuff is a common story in America. Basements and garages fill up quickly, and when that happens, most people look for outside storage companies to keep their possessions safe and secure. But what if you could crowdsource the process?

That’s the question Devin Eldridge asked himself after his wife had their second child. They didn't need a storage space with a long-term commitment, they just needed a space for a few days.

So he developed Stow, a mobile app designed to help anyone offer and find personal storage through others in the local area.

The system is deceptively simple. If you have available space in your home or garage, list it with a set price and availability dates on Stow. Now, others will be able to find it, whether they’re looking for space to store their boxes, RV, boat, vehicle, or anything else that needs a temporary home.

The Fort Collins-based startup behind Stow has designed its app to be a holistic solution that handles anything from in-app messaging to storage payments. These payments can be automated, and each user offering storage has to undergo a background check to ensure the security of the renter’s possessions.

If you have available space, Stow is an easy way to make extra income. If you need the space, you can save on both expensive fees and driving time to external storage facilities. For the Colorado startup scene, it’s an intriguing business that once again shows off the innovation happening on a daily basis in our back yards.

Stow was one of the hundreds of companies that participated in Denver Startup Week, which broke all kinds of records for attendance, cementing its reputation for being the biggest and best startup event in the country.

Each Tech Tuesday Scott Yates showcases new and emerging companies that are doing great things in Colorado, along with tech events. This post was written by one of the human being freelance writers working with Scott's company, the outsourced ghost writing service BlogMutt. Do you want to see your business featured in a future TechTuesday segment? Build an interesting business and then go to a startup event, and Scott will probably see you there.

 

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