SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Spinlister, which started as a peer-to-peer bike-share platform in 2012, has been reborn with technology that can help IBDs dip a toe into the micromobility boom.
Spinlister shut down in April last year when co-founder and CEO Marcelo Loureiro was offered an opportunity to launch a dockless scooter share company in his native Brazil. The business went dark suddenly, and stayed offline for about seven months.
Mark Gustafson, an acquaintance of Loureiro and a fellow Santa Barbara resident, relaunched Spinlister late last year with three key programs: its legacy business of peer-to-peer bike rentals, like Airbnb for bikes; an updated and simplified commercial bike rental management software that features an in-store kiosk that lets customers start the rental paperwork themselves; and a bike-share or bike fleet-management program that relies on a mobile app and a Bluetooth-operated U-lock.
“Our main focus is giving bike shops ways to increase revenue, and instead of being hurt by the micromobility explosion, capitalize on it and thrive,” said Gustafson, who is also co-founder of Story Bicycles, an e-bike brand.
The bike-share program allows small, local operators, including bike shops and mobile service operators, to compete with the giant …read more