Last week, I wrote a post about Spinlister.com, the Airbnb of bike rentals that provides a platform to rent a bike directly from another person rather than from a bike rental shop.
My first reaction to Spinlister was to ask myself why there wasn’t an identical service for cars rather than bikes. I chalked the lack of such a service up to the many complications of renting your car out such as insurance issues, car keys, etc., but it seems as if such a service is about to launch. A new startup, Getaround.com seems to have answers to these questions.
While it’s still in closed beta, they have some pretty interesting solutions to the aforementioned issues such as pre-screened drivers and vehicles, a “Getaround Carkit” that installs in vehicles and uses your smartphone to start the car instead of giving someone your car keys, and an iPhone app instead of paperwork to handle all the rental and payment.
This sure sounds like it takes the hassle out of sitting in the car rental place filling out a ton of paperwork. I’m excited to see this launch.
I’m really excited about Turntable.fm, a social DJ network where you can play songs with your friends (or strangers) in virtual “rooms”. It’s a simple concept but it’ll surprise you how much fun you can have on it. It’s currently invite only, but if you have any Facebook friends already using it then you can use it as well.
I’d suggest checking it out if you haven’t already, its tons of fun. Check out the screenshot below for an idea about how the interface works.
Remember Peter Thiel’s fellowship program that awards 20 people under 20 years old $100,000 each to shun college and pursue a startup idea? Well check out one of the first ideas to come out of this: RadMatter.
Its founder, Dale Stephens, explains that “RadMatter revolutionizes how we develop and demonstrate talent in the 21st century.” Think LinkedIn, but without all of the traditional factors you would use to evaluate a job candidate, like grades, college degrees, and traditional resumes.
RadMatter’s goal is to let people showcase their “talents” rather than their “skills.” I’m excited to see how they do this.
You can sign up to be notified of the launch here: http://radmatter.com/
YKombinator, a parody from the folks at the Fireplace team, will generate hilarious fake start-ups complete with a full description. The best part about it is that many of the fake ones don’t sound too implausible compared to the absurd premises of a lot of the random fledgling start-ups you hear about today.
This one was my favorite: