#IdeaMonth Day Six: The Lazy Valet
I live in San Francisco and, like most people, I don't have a garage or parking space. When I commuted to work, I spent 10-30 minutes per day trying to find parking. Now that I work in the city, it's almost worse. Every day is a calculation. Am I willing to give up the space to drive somewhere, taking into consideration the time and cost required to find a new space when I return? How long am I willing to spend looking for a residential (i.e. non-metered) parking spot that isn't slated for street cleaning or construction?
Parking is a suck—time, money, and sanity. And when you have a spot, it's not over. Keeping track of your parking situation is a drain, too.
Services have sprung up around the issue—from standard parking garages to the PayByPhone mobile app to Zirx's "smart parking."
Several months ago, after a particularly bad parking week, I thought, "Man, I'm lazy. I just want a valet."
Valet + Lazy = Valazy
I don't necessarily need someone to meet me, take my car, and park it in their own garage. Most days, I'd settle for a neighborhood valet who will find what I need within the parameters that I set. Meter or residential? What's the earliest I'm willing to wake up to use/move it? How far from my apartment am I willing to have it parked? How long am I willing to pay for Valazy to look for said spot?
There are loads of marketing and product integration opportunities that would come with such a service.
Valet + car wash + dinner pick-up + grocery run + car maintenance + friend pick-up + laundry + dry-cleaning + pet-grooming
That's what I'm thinking about on this Monday morning.