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August 14, 2014

Craigslist for Parking

Chadwick Meyer
There has been a lot of activity lately from both drivers and parking space owners. We still continue to see about 10% of our users also sharing their spaces, which we think is a great metric. Here are some statistics about the last 100 spaces shared: Real-Time: 63 Monthly Micro-Share: 16 Monthly Full Time: 21 The real-time sharing is tricky at this stage because without density in a small area, most drivers aren't going to waste their time using our apps. Plus if you didn't download our iPhone app before, it's no longer ...
August 27, 2013

Big Changes: Free Parking Is Priceless

Chadwick Meyer
We've been watching you for the past 2 years now, and you just won't give up! Thousands of you keep joining Park Circa and writing articles about this idea and proving that you want this platform to work. But new members still are not engaged enough to get us over a critical mass. So we've decided to pivot and try something new. In the beginning, people used to say Park Circa was like "Airbnb for Parking", but we're thinking maybe the right model for us is "Couchsurfing for Parking", the non-commercial, adventurous, and more social cousin. A ...
August 13, 2013

Project Status Update - Auto Payments Temporarily Disabled

Chadwick Meyer
Park Circa is still on auto-pilot. We aren't doing anything to promote the platform or improve the service for the time being because we don't have time. But it still works well (ignoring a couple bugs in the Android app). We released this idea into the wild to see what would happen, figuring that if interest increased, we would reinvest in the idea. It's been interesting. We continue to get a lot of visitors to the website via organic search and links. And amazingly people still continue to sign up every day (10% of visitors, i.e. about ...
March 22, 2013

Help Us Prove the Concept

Casey Cobb
Dear friends of Park Circa, We’re excited to add a few new faces to our team and to redouble our efforts in San Francisco. Granted, we’re not a big company - just a team that cares passionately about improving parking for you. Get $100 for Helping to Prove Park Circa will Work We need spaces. Lots of them. And this is something that only *you* can help us with. The Haight/Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco has the highest concentration of Park Circa users, so we have decided to run an experiment here. We need at least ten ...
August 16, 2012

What You Need to Know

Chadwick Meyer
Park Circa has been the side project of a couple geeks who saw a parking problem and believed neighbors could work in their own best interests to help each other. This business has been like a siren, wooing us with promised riches and ego stroking praise. People say this idea is "brilliant", investors flocked to our side from around the world, people sign up every day and share their spaces around the country and around the world. But at the end of the day, not enough people are sharing their spaces in the target neighborhoods where we have ...
July 18, 2012

Thinking unholy thoughts?

Casey Cobb
This is the first in our series of postcards going out to select neighborhoods in Berkeley and San Franciso over the coming weeks and months. The first five people to send us a picture of them holding a real honest-to-goodness postcard from the wild get $20 in free Park Circa credit added to their account! Send us the picture via a post to our Facebook wall, twitter feed or a link to their Instagram feed - or a plain old email if you're just old fashioned like that.
July 02, 2012

Six secret and highly controversial parking strategies

Casey Cobb
Parking sucks. Anyone who lives in San Franciso – or any metro area for that matter – knows this. It’s expensive, it wastes your time and recent studies have found that your risk of going insane increases by 3% with every extra loop you make around the block. Actually, not really. I just made that up. But that doesn’t mean it’s not true. So what’s the solution? Below I outline some solutions to parking that you have probably never heard. And I doubt you ever will again, so get ‘em while you can. Push / Pull someone’s car ...
February 27, 2012

Become a Neighborhood Advocate and Earn Every Month

Chadwick Meyer
We are opening up our platform to hard working, passionate people that want to share in the huge potential of this business. You have something we want (time and passion) and we have something you want (an opportunity to profit from the rapidly growing P2P market). Park Circa is focused on micro-sharing excess capacity of parking spaces. But people (like you) also have excess capacity in their random daily schedule, e.g. students, the temporarily unemployed, stay-at-home moms, etc. We want to build a community of people that see the huge ...
February 03, 2012

What's Happening at Park Circa?

Before I give an update, I want to remind you of our vision. Long term, Park Circa is working to create a private network of micro-shared spaces where members can use our app to easily find parking anywhere in the city for the same price as a single space in a single location. This is accomplished by optimizing the usage of each space, and creating a market for all that unused time. The idea is more exciting today, than it was a year ago when we did our soft beta launch. So why haven't we succeeded yet? Well, we're doing our best, but we are ...
November 07, 2011

Occupy My Space

The Occupy Wallstreet movement has shown it has staying power as it goes into it's 51st day of protests, and continues to attract new attention as it spreads across America and sparks offshoot movements like the recent thrust to invest in local community credit unions. Whatever your view of the demonstrations of civil disobedience, #OWS has established itself as a grassroots movement of average Americans who are uniting together to work for what they believe is important change. Although our ambitions are not as lofty, we'd like to think ...
October 10, 2011

What's Next

Below is our recent newsletter...< > Thank you for your early interest in shared neighborhood parking. We’re still hard at work, and we’d like to give you an update on some of the stuff we are doing. We know it's slow going at first, especially since we are bootstrapping this business with our lunch money, part-time on nights and weekends, but we appreciate your patience and belief in the core concept of neighborhood parking, as we try to figure out the best way to make this work for your community.< > How does Park Circa need to ...
September 29, 2011

Help Wanted: App Developers and Community Volunteers

There's so much work to be done, and not enough time in the day. We have a lot of great ideas, but we need help accomplishing them all. Do you believe in neighborhood sharing? Do you believe people would like to find parking easier? Do you believe we can make the city a better place to live if we can get people out of their cars quicker and out into life? If you have time to be community volunteeer or a paid neighborhood advocate, or you have skills in web development or mobile app development, we need you to join our team. See our Help ...
August 19, 2011

Check-In Notifications

We've added Check-In Notifications for parking space owners to receive an instant notification via email or SMS alert whenever someone checks in and out of their space. An owner can also go to his/her website dashboard to learn more about the transaction. Notifications also give drivers the peace of mind to know that the owner is aware of the transaction. The notification will look like this: Address: 100 Oak Rd Check-In Time: Aug 19 @ 1:00 pm Guest: Chadwick Meyer< > Address: 100 Oak Rd Check-Out Time: Aug 19 @ 4:00 pm Guest: ...
August 10, 2011

Business Portal

We are continuing to add more P2P inventory on our map, and hopefully this will increase as we reach the next phase of our plan for spreading the word to neighbors. But as we continue to focus on building up P2P inventory, we want to make our app as useful as possible to drivers, even in neighborhoods where we don't have a lot of P2P spaces yet. So we are in the process of encouraging businesses, non-profits, and government facilities to list their under-utilized parking spaces during or after hours (e.g. the elementary school lot or the ...
August 05, 2011

Willie Brown Chimes in on Parking

Brian Stokle
Per SF Gate’s Inside Scoop via SFist, Willie Brown paid a visit to the new Locanda Restaurant, a Delfina spinoff in the parking limited Mission District. The former mayor pointedly states at the outset, "I can best describe it as one of the few restaurants in the Mission you can actually get into, because they have valet parking." (emphasis added) Say what you may about Willie and his politics, but his endorsement of valet parking is something we encourage. Being able to arrive at your destination efficiently, either by reserving a space ...
July 26, 2011

Why Are We Adding Garages and Valet?

We have decided to supplement the Peer-to-Peer parking available on our app with alternative parking options (e.g. garages, valet, etc), so that the mobile app is more useful to drivers. We are testing this out in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood to start with, so you'll notice a lot of extra parking options in that neighborhood. We've added unique icons to help you differentiate the various types of parking, in case you prefer one over the other. An updated version of the app will be released soon with the extra options. For right ...
July 01, 2011

Monthly Parking Now Available

A lot of people wanted to share their space on Park Circa, but couldn't because they had a parking space in a secure access parking garage. When we first launched the app could only facilitate parking for publicly accessible spaces, since the driver needed to be able to park without manual coordination with the parking space owner, i.e. they wanted to park right now. However, we've now added the ability for sharing your space on a monthly basis. This can take several forms: Dedicated Monthly Leasing or Monthly Micro-Shared. If you don't ...
July 01, 2011

Flat Rate Pricing

We continue to work on new features and options for parking space owners and drivers. Most recently we've added flat rate pricing for parking spaces. This is great news for spaces listed for events (e.g. concerts, festivals, parades, etc) and popular night time destinations (e.g. North Beach, Hayes Valley, Mission, etc), or for those who just want to set a daily rate for all day. You can also mix and match hourly with flat rates. So when you edit your parking space schedule you can set hourly for certain days or times of day, and flat rates ...
June 22, 2011

One Thousand Users Today

We reached an important milestone today: 1000 people have joined Park Circa as private beta testers. We're still a tiny startup, with no outside funding for marketing or team members outside of our two co-founders and a couple part time volunteers, so that's an exciting number for us. 75% of our members come directly to our site (not linked from other sites), which means that most people are hearing about Park Circa from friends, or our flyers. We're really grateful for all of you that believe in this idea and are willing to help us make it ...
June 20, 2011

Should Have Used Park Circa

This photo was taken yesterday at the Stern Grove Music Festival. This car tried to squeeze into a small space in front of my car and ended up parking partially on the grass of the Park. The DPT was out in force and we saw a lot of tickets on windshields. Next time, maybe they'll consider using Park Circa. There was a great parking space only 100 feet away from this car, which they could have used... would have been much much cheaper.

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