August 7, 2012

Patent #2

Good news!

The US Patent and Trademark Office has issued our second patent, 8,239,278.

Press Release

July 9, 2012

CrowdSpring Presents RentValet

RentValet was the focus of a recent CrowdSpring blog post.

CrowdSpring "offers a proven, fast and risk-free way to buy custom design and writing services.

For reference, we used CrowdSpring in 2011 to produce our very cool Shopping Cart for Internet Rental Listing Services:

February 9, 2012


Craiggers has become the next 3.0 Internet Listing Service.

If tenant-applicants want to save 50% on their application fees, save a trip across town and avoid paper forms, they'll have to start their search at Craiggers.

January 20, 2012

The 3.0 Internet Listing Service

The evolution of Internet Listing Services (ILS) explained:

In the beginning... there were the fee-based, old-media ILS's.  And Craigslist. We group these ILS's into the "1.0" category.  They were first to present online rental ads.  They were the pioneers.

In the past 7 years a new breed of ILS has emerged - the 2.0.  2.0's brought better services to market as a reaction to the primitive nature of the 1.0's, and the 1.0s' laziness when it came to innovation and improvements.  

A 2.0 might offer a map interface, social-media integration, mobile, or some other feature that makes it easier for property managers to advertise and prospective tenants to search.  

But even with the benefits of the 2.0's there was still one big problem:  tenant-applicants must go offline to continue the application process.  

This means a drive across town, paper forms, large application fees, email, voicemail, and risks like identity theft or Landlord Fraud.  Or, all the problems we solved with RentValet.

Today, we introduce the first 3.0 ILS: NoAppFees.   

NoAppFees is a Google Maps & 3Taps mashup ILS with the RentValet shopping cart in every rental ad.  

This is our definition of a 3.0: An ILS that keeps applicants and landlords online through the entire rental application process.

It is our mission to help other listing services make the upgrade to 3.0.

January 13, 2012

The Future Is Now

The RentValet service is now LIVE at  How do we look?

My thanks to the many, many people who helped to change history today.

Stay tuned as more pieces of the RentValet puzzle fall into place...

Press Release

UPDATED January 15:

Some pictures from the RentValet Launch Party.

Attendees included patent attorney William Morriss from Frost Brown Todd, Advisor Patrick Sledz and friend Margaret, RentValet friends Dale and Aaron, and Chris, Dawn and Zachary Pohl.