Heading out for a movie, shopping, food or even errands can become a headache when it comes to parking. Many of us have found ourselves circling the block, or parking garage, over and over again until we almost want to give up on the planned activity and go home. Well, now there is an app to relieve the headache of parking.
KurbKarma is a social networking mobile app that connects you with people who are leaving their parking spot. As they leave they make their spots available on the map, and a driver circling the area can see the now available spot. The parking seeker then makes a request to take the spot, and the driver leaving the spot picks a lucky spot receiver (if there is more than one). The person giving the spot will receive a “KarmaKredit”, while the person taking the spot gets it with two KarmaKredits.
This app not only reaches to your practicality but also to your morals. It works if there is a community effort to solve issues of parking and time saving. But it’s not all about charity and goodwill: KurbKarma has also started to work a revenue model into the business, in the form of a virtual currency. You can always use the app free of charge, but if you have not had the chance to pick up KarmaKredits by offering spaces to the network, you can buy some through the App Store, with each credit costing $0.99. The app is free in the Apple App Store, and every new user gets 10 free KarmaKredits for signing up.
KurbKarma was founded by friends Neha Sampat and Matthew Baier. Co-founder Neha Sampat's efforts to solve parking issues took a leap when KurbKarma launched in New York and San Francisco on May 22, 2012. Sampat is a Bay Area, CA native with a BA from Santa Clara University, and a MBA from University of Denver. Being from a metropolitan city and even attending college in one, she knows firsthand the nightmares of parking. With her “just do it” personality she set out to solve this issue.
KurbKarma, is now available in the Apple App Store, but stay tuned for expansion. There are also some future developments planned for KurbKarma to launch with an Android version, as well as discussions with GPS system producers. In addition, KurbKarma was chosen as a Startup Battlefield finalist at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC in May 2012. Maybe there is hope for parking to be less stressful!
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