A couple of weeks ago I came across a techcrunch article talking about a company that was trying to disrupt the (physical) storage space, and I immediately thought it was genius. Turned out I knew one of the founders, and the VCs who funded them, so it was a no brainer for me to try it out.
Makespace is essentially Uber / Dropbox for physical storage. They send you a bunch of bins. You pack up your shit. They pick it up and store it for a pretty reasonable monthly fee. When you need your shit back, you ask for a specific bin, and then they drop it off at your house for approximately what it would cost you to take a cab to your current storage location and back. Makes complete sense.
In my last apartment building, I used to rent a storage unit in the basement for $100 a month from another owner in the building. Granted it was about 5′x5′x10′ = ~250 cubic feet of space, but I ended up just filling it with more crap that I would have otherwise thrown out, just because the space existed, and I was paying for it. I ended up keeping old computer boxes, suitcases, a dining table, and tons of other trash that should have been thrown out ages ago. When I moved to my new apartment a few months ago, given the price of the apartment, a storage unit was no longer an option (and I couldn’t find one anyways). So needless to say, the minute I found out about Makespace, I went ahead and signed up.
A day later, my bins were delivered.
I love that the founders are hustling like crazy right now – dropping off and picking up bins themselves in a van that will soon be branded.
It didn’t take my long to pack all the extra crap I had lying around including some basketballs, tons of books, trading cards, etc. Basically about 3 giant boxes worth of stuff that I had left inside cardboard boxes in my living room, was now put into green boxes and ready to be taken away for the lowly price of $25/ month.
Once I was done packing, I went online and scheduled a pickup. Adam (the CTO) arrived right on time and hauled away my bins to their storage location in Jersey City. We had a great chat about where the business is going and I’m considering investing in their seed round.
Obviously in a city like New York, Makespace is a no-brainer. We barely have enough space for our furniture, let alone all the other crap we inevitably hoard. Adam tells me even in the middle of America with plenty and more space, storage is still a problem and that people have things they want to put away. I joked to Adam that they were in a strange business where they probably never want to hear from me again so that they can keep charging me $25 a month and I never remember that I have things in storage. On the flip side, there are lots of people that put things into storage on a seasonal basis, and so Adam reminded me that they do want people to keep putting more things in while also taking (fewer) things out.
All in all, I’m super excited about Makespace – I think these guys have a chance to really disrupt a super boring industry. As a thank you, they are letting me offer $25 off to the seven odd people who read my blog. Sign up with promo code VASUK and you’ll essentially get your first month free assuming you are storing 4 bins or less.