Tell us about your product or service.
Podshare is a pod hotel for the social traveler. We built a custom 60″ x 90″ space for travelers, transitioners, and temps visiting our city. Each pod is made up of a memory foam mattress, a 22″ flat screen TV, power outlets and a nightlight. It’s Facebook meets Meetup: each Podestrian gets a profile at http://thepodshare.com/podestrians/ and we are currently at 1,480 members. We have one thriving location at Hollywood/Vine in Los Angeles, and we’re seeking investors to partner with as we expand to cities like San Francisco, Austin, Portland, Miami, and New York.
What inspired you to launch your business?
I traveled solo to 6 countries by foot and train during college and found my independence. I learned that I could survive on a limited budget, without speaking the language or knowing the land. That sort of discovery develops one’s personality and enlightens a mind. I wanted to help other explore the great US of A. So I sought out to build an affordable, safe and clean community space.
What problem does your business or organization solve?
PodShare helps the loner traveler, the scared female in a new city, and the baller on a budget by offering safe, sane and social accommodation, especially for the solo traveler.
PodShare is a community space that curates a cast of 10 like-minded persons and introduces them to one another. Upon check-in, each
Podestrian stakes their claim by writing their name on their pod. We built the pods to face each other, removing the barrier of
a fourth wall. We believe in transparency and the sharing economy. For $50/night a
Podestrian will have their own minimalist space along with shared food, MAC computers, WIFI, shampoo, toothpaste, body washes, and any other essentials. Podshare
also organizes non-tourist activities such as dodgeball, karaoke, and “family dinners
What has been your biggest challenge and how are you working to overcome it?
Zoning laws! I have been to city planning numerous times researching zoning for the development of PodShare Venice beach, but am having trouble finding the perfect place with the correct use.
By developing a team in future city locations, PodShare can disrupt faster and grow smarter.
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How has Project Eve helped you and/or your business?
Reading about other women’s success stories is important for my development and confidence. Peer to peer sharing and open discussions will help women excel in CEO positions.
Give us an insider tip that relates to your industry.
People are becoming more creative with their resources, and minimalism in both web design and interior decorating is trending. The sharing economy is here to stay with pioneers like Airbnb, ScoutMy, and Lyft. Look for innovative ways to link minimalism, creative expression and community.
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