MakeSpace is Your Closet in the Cloud (TM) -- convenient, simple, on-demand storage solution that takes the "self" out of "self storage." Our customers literally never have to visit a self-storage facility again without sacrificing knowing what they've put away.
A friendly MakeSpace team member delivers high quality, durable, reusable plastic bins to a customer's home which they then fill with whatever they want to store. We aren't limited to the bins though-- we are happy to store other items including bicycles or oversized items that fit into one of our oversized cardboard boxes (as long as one person can carry it)
Our team returns and transports the customer's bins to our secure storage facility until they decide they want them back. Customers can see what they have in storage on our website or mobile app and include pictures of what's inside the bin for easy retrieval. Customer's belongings can be returned to them in as little as 24 hours for a small fee.
Makespace is not just building “YACA” (yet another CRUD app). Our lean and clean Python/Django stack powers the precise coordination of MakeSpace, including our Yelp-adored Uploading Team (and their busy schedules) and our iconic, green (pun-intended!) moving vans and storage containers. The integrity of our data, the efficiency of our operation and the delightfulness of our UX (real-world and in-app) is as critical as our customers’ belongings which is of deep sentimental and monetary value. This presents these key and interesting software engineering challenges:
1. Our product requires well written, tested and deployed python code that ensures the integrity of our operations, data and users' stuff.
2. Makespace brings efficiency and an amazing customer experience to storage which means we are optimizing routes, schedules and storage: Think of all the CS, Math, sensor data, traveling salesman, NP-complete goodness!
The founding team has known each other for several years and all believe in the vision for MakeSpace.
Sam has known Rahul through the NYC tech community since late 2009 and they have been friends since. Rahul, who previously sat on the board of 6 companies, has the experience and drive to help build an operationally efficient team.
Sam and Adam have been working on MakeSpace since Jan 18, 2013. They met through a mutual friend (Adam's former boss) which they've both known for ~3 years.
Why we're doing this
In Nov. 2012, Hurricane Sandy completely destroyed Sam's girlfriend's apartment in Hoboken, NJ. He spent hundreds of dollars on cardboard boxes, spent a whole day moving the salvaged stuff into a storage unit, and the Ah Ha! moment came when his girlfriend couldn't find her snow boots that she accidentally packed away in one of the boxes. "Dropbox meets a storage unit" was born.
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Founder & CEO of @MakeSpace .1st Entrepreneur in Residence @Upfront Ventures Sales / Marketing / Product / offline/online & logistics. Ex Wall St. @Uva grad
Recently, the company closed a $1.3MM seed round of financing from Upfront Ventures, Lowercase Capital, High Peaks Venture Partners, and Collaborative Fund.
Makespace will be one of the first startup companies to take advantage of the change in general solicitation regulation to raise capital from the crowd. The company will raise an additional $200K through Angel List. If you want to invest in MakeSpace, please contact us.