New Startup Rent And Lend Launches
Have you ever been in need of drill, mixer or chair and didn’t want to buy it? You asked all your friends none of them could help. You ended up buying it, using it only one time and now it’s still somewhere in your basement. A new startup from Kraków aimed exactly situations like this.
“Why buy?” is one of the slogans of the newly started Rent and Lend’s campaign. The automated rental platform has just launched in Krakow and is collecting its first reviews. The creators of the solution hope that the automation of key processes will allow spreading the trend of borrowing and lending things in Polish cities.
Rent and Lend is an online marketplace enabling users to rent their items to others. It means everyone needing some item, who doesn’t want to spend much money on it, can find the things they’re looking for here. On the other hand, people who own some useful stuff and currently are not using it have the ability to rent their items out and earn some money.
How Does It Work?
They use a geolocation based browser that shows only offers located closest to your location. This tool also enables to you to give away things you are no longer using.
The portal contains 250 different items from such categories as home and garden appliances, electronics, sports and travel accessories, items needed for transportation or moving, board games, accessories for children and babies, event equipment, office equipment, beauty and category ‘others’ for items that do not fit in any category. When searching for an item, you just click “Order” on the page of the selected item and Rent and Lend, based on geolocation, matches us with the closest offer. Security is ensured by user verification, rating system and comments on a transaction, as well as an optional lease agreement made available on the website. There are also prices set in advance — thanks to them we have a guarantee that we will not pay more for a given item.
Leszek Szklarczyk: CEO – he contributes to Rent and Lend by acquiring partners and investors for the project. He is responsible for Rent and Lend strategy, vision as well as team coordination. At the moment he also performs market research and project marketing.
Stanisław Zarychta: Visual Designer – he is responsible for a visual aspect of the project (users interface/users experience) and audio-visual (promotion movie).
Maciej Kocik: Backend Developer – he designs and implements back-end of their awesome platform. He takes care of the server and database aswell.
Jakub Kocikowski: Frontend Developer – his role is to implement user interface of our web application and watch over tech side of the project.
The creators want to enable people, NGOs and in the future also micro-enterprises to reduce spending by replacing the purchase of objects with renting. They also want to give users the opportunity to acquire additional funds on sharing their own things. The project started in early September in Krakow and is about to open in other Polish cities.