The other day I was having lunch with a dog owner. We started out talking about work, but every 10 minutes he kept telling me about his upcoming holidays and how hard it is to find a place to keep his dogs. So I asked, what are you going to do this Christmas? After loads of desperate searching, his solution was to find a kennel in WALES! Thats 100s' of miles from his home in Central London. The way it works is that the Kennel sends a van all the way from the countryside to collect the pet, and then returns it to London when the holiday is finished. Talk about a complicated system just for a few little paws!
Halfway through the lunch he blurted out ... "there are probably 2-3 pets lovers within a few blocks of where I live. Why can't I just leave little paws with them?". Not only does it solve the immediate problem, but it builds connections between neighbours - which seemed really important to him.
Lets work together on "AirBNB for pets". A service that lets people leave pets with other pet owners for a short amount of time. You can imagine how simple the system would be. Owners list their places as suitable for pets and wait for the enquiry's to come in.
- How big is the market?
- Who else is doing it? Should we care? Is it winner take all?
- Forget the tech problem, how would you build the brand?
- What other services could you sell once the community was up and running.
If you are interested, please email Francois and lets get going!