Everyone thinks of Silicon Valley as tech startup central–and, well, it is. But there are also plenty of tech-minded folks out there who can’t handle the high cost of living, and who instead flock to other cities. Other cities like, well, Baltimore.
OrderUp CEO Chris Jeffery and Millennial Media cofounder Chris Brandenburg doled out advice to startup founders gathered at The CO-OP for a discussion organized by Kinglet as part of Baltimore Innovation Week. Brandenburg, who left Millennial in 2013, was an investor in OrderUp, adding another layer to the conversation.
This morning, the Baltimore Sun has a big article on a new app developed by a 24-year-old Canton man. Haystack aims to help beleaguered Baltimore drivers find parking spots by allowing users to alert each other to open parking spots. Why Haystack? Because “anyone from Canton, Fells Point or Federal Hill knows that finding parking can be like finding a needle in a haystack.”
Of course, Haystack developer Eric Meyer doesn’t expect people to engage out of the goodness of their hearts. If you find a parking spot using Haystack, you pay $3; if you leave a spot that someone else takes, you get $2.25. Haystack pockets the remaining 75 cents.
Not everyone is excited about Meyer’s app, which he describes as “kind of like Uber meets Tindr,” and which he predicts “could be big for Baltimore and really help solve a major problem.”
This guy is everything that’s wrong with South/East Baltimore. I hope he fails miserably. http://t.co/BlV4tjyz6a
— The Baltimore Chop (@ThBaltimoreChop) May 27, 2014
The app should be available for both Android and iOS systems as of this evening.
Couresty Bmore Media – You can take Tom “TK” Kuegler out of Baltimore, but he’ll leave his heart and checkbook behind.
Kuegler, an Essex native and Loyola University grad, left Charm City more than ten years ago for the wilds of Montana. There, he indulged his passion for the outdoors while regularly commuting to San Francisco to indulge his other passion–early stage technology companies.