A pair of students at Lancaster, Pa.-based Franklin & Marshall College, including Indian American Paraj Mathur, have created an app that promises to provide people space to store excess stuff.
The 21-year-old senior majoring in business and computer science discovered the idea when last spring, at the conclusion of his junior year, he was lugging his stuff to his friend and classmate Ionela Turcin in Reading, according to a LancasterOnline.com report.
Mathur and Turcin co-created the SimplyStow app, which Mathur has begun programming, and should be live by mid-November, the report said.
He has also begun working with professors and mentors at the college to create a business plan, it said.
“Our goal is that no college student or anyone ... (who has more stuff than space) will need to suffer through self-storage again,” Mathur said in the report.
SimplyStow has two essential functions for users: to list a space and store your stuff.
The former is a listing which provides a description and photo, with all accounts verified using a social profile, the report noted. Similar to Airbnb, an app that allows people to rent their living space to users, SimplyStow allows people to list their space at their own price, the report said. Spaces could be as small as a corner of a room or as big as a garage, according to the report.
The latter allows users to sift through the app to find a nearby location that fits their needs. As the app grows, users can view listings with ratings and reviews from other users, it said. When they find a space, they can choose the time and date for pickup. SimplyStow will pick up, pack and deliver the belongings and keep a digital inventory, the report said.
A pickup and delivery fee will be added depending on the distance between the two locations and amount of items, according to the report. Additionally, a transaction fee is likely to be charged, though that cost has not yet been determined, the publication said.
Mathur, 21, added in the report that the company will insure the stored items for loss or damage.
The report noted that about 250 people have signed up for the app, which is in its beta phase.
However, SimplyStow is seeking more investors and funding to get going, Mathur said in the report.
When it launches, SimplyStow intends to be local at first, but Mathur has loftier goals.
“Our goal at a larger scale is to bring the tech company ecosystem to Lancaster. That’s a big part of who we are. ... Whatever our success comes as a company, it stays rooted in Lancaster,” Mathur said in the report.