December 20, 2011

Christmas at HCBC

Cincinnati's Hamilton County Business Center (HCBC) held its Christmas lunch today. RentValet joined the other tenants for this fine feast.


Here is HCBC Director Patrick Longo directing the hungry traffic:

November 7, 2011

Our Home

Patrick Longo, the Director of Cincinnati's Hamilton County Business Center (HCBC), our current home, was interviewed last week.



If you are a Cincinnati entrepreneur and you haven't introduced yourself to Patrick and told him what you are pursuing, then you are not a Cincinnati entrepreneur.

He is the nicest guy in the city of Cincinnati, and he has his finger on the pulse of the Cincinnati startup scene.

March 18, 2011

Derek Wilk

What an honor it is to announce that Derek Wilk is now on the RentValet team!

Derek was a shareholder with our first startup, Preimco Inc. way back in 2001.  An attorney in Colorado, Derek helped Preimco, and now RentValet, with our numerous site legal agreements.  Would you believe the RentValet system has a dozen legal agreements and warnings?

We can't afford a professional photographer, so here is a picture I took of Derek outside Wrigley Field for the one October game played there in 1998.

February 5, 2011

Patent #1

Good news!

The US Patent & Trademark Office issued our first Patent, US 7,881,982.  

January 21, 2011

CrowdSPRING

CrowdSPRING is a service not unlike RentValet.  They bring two parties together in an intermediary model, manage the process of the transaction, and deliver benefits to both.

CrowdSPRING is a contest site for graphic artists.  Buyers, like RentValet, can post a graphics project to the site's artists.  The site lets artists post their work for the buyer's review and vote.  At the end of the contest the buyer selects the winning image, and the artist is awarded a cash prize.

RentValet posted a project to CrowdSPRING for our Internet Listing Service image.  It was encouraging to see over 160 artists join the contest, but only about 10% actually submitted images for review.   This is likely due to the nature of the project.  It was intimidating!

Create a shopping-cart-like image with 6 components that is intuitive, custom and professional.  Size is limited, but shape, colors and layout are all up to the artist.  Reference images: None.  The RentValet image is the first to ever exist in a rental listing.  What should it look like?  Oh, and one third of the US adult population may see and use the image.

This contest was a good exercise and worth the expense.  We received over 200 images.  This allowed the RentValet team to view the various layouts and select from many quality images.

Here is the first official RentValet Listing Service Image:



Here are some of the runner-up images: