AirRun: What You Want, When You Want It

What is the name of the site and URL?

Our website is http://www.airrun.com, but our product is an iPhone app.

A brief synopsis of the website / application:

AirRun connects two kinds of people – those who need jobs done and don’t mind paying for them, and those with free time who could use some extra money.

Why did you start this company?

Rob Matthews

We saw a void that needed to be filled. We’ve all been lazy at one time or another, and there are plenty of people who would be willing to perform simple tasks to bring in extra income. It seemed natural to bring these two groups together.

Was your company started on a shoestring budget or funded?

Shoestring budget!

Who is your competition, and what do you do better?

Our app incorporates Google Maps to geolocate “seekers,” or those who are requesting an item or service. We think this is extremely important in the world of hyperlocal commerce. Some of our competition has a head start in the funding department, and it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a ton of money to throw around – especially in the tech world. The sheer fact that investors are interested in the idea validates that the concept is worthy to pursue.

Why would a small business, entrepreneur, freelancer, etc. use your product?

Our product is a work force generator with almost limitless uses for businesses and individuals. I view it as a completely untapped, new-age means to put people to work. But most importantly, it puts people to work on their own time. You can use the app as often or as little as you want and make extra cash on your own time without any sort of part-time work commitments. I hate commitments.

How could you effectively use these tools?

One of the great things about AirRun is how much a user’s creativity can play into using the app. Jobs, whether we like them or not, are a very large part of most people’s lives. AirRun’s flexibility provides an avenue for extra income in a constantly uncertain job market. Whether it’s a cab driver picking up an extra fare or a college student earning money on the weekends by tutoring, users can count on AirRun to accommodate their busy schedules.

A short bio of your company:

I originally came up with the idea for AirRun in an iPhone development course at Miami University in 2007. Thanks to my lazy attitude toward just about everything, I was fascinated by the idea of an easy way for people like me to pay more motivated people for whatever they needed, whether it was picking up dry cleaning, cleaning up after a party or walking a dog. As the idea for AirRun continued to take shape, I realized that this app had the opportunity to create an endless supply of jobs in a tough economy. And for those who were busier than ever at work thanks to increasingly understaffed companies, it offered a unique way to make their home lives more efficient and productive. Excited by the possibilities, I recruited David Meyers as the chief operating officer, and we began the process of designing an app that functioned seamlessly and intuitively. Coding began in fall of 2010, and after months of improvements, in March 2011 AirRun was ready to launch an innovative community of seekers and runners that “get stuff done!”

Do you offer free online or offline tools?

AirRun is entirely free to download. Our online networking community, AirRunU (http://www.airrunu.com/), is free to access and use.

Are there different pricing levels?

The app will always be free to download, but we are looking into the best payment structure to grow the company. We won’t be asking runners to forfeit any of their earnings, though; they’re out there to make money.

Do you have a blog that keeps users updated?

AirRunU serves as our blog and community forum. We encourage feedback from all of our users and take their suggestions seriously.

Social media presence:

Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/AirRunMobile

Twitter- http://twitter.com/#!/AirRunMobile

LinkedIn- http://www.linkedin.com/in/airrunmobile

Youtube watch video URL:

http://www.youtube.com/user/AirRunMobile

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH3ugjTrf1A

The AirRun overview video received 130,000 views in a 24-hour period last week.

How long have you been in business?

Our app launched on March 25, 2011.

Number of current users? Estimated yearly growth?

We currently have 3,500 users and have huge expectations for growth. Our app’s success is heavily based on developing an active community of AirRun users, and even during this initial push, it is apparent that the percentage of active users increases as the amount of downloads climbs. An eager community takes time to grow and develop. The good news is that it is becoming easier and easier to attract users and keep them engaged as we move forward. We are also developing a number of new features that will make the app much more social and will aid in keeping users engaged and maximizing the time they spend within the app. The goal is to make it as useful and fun as possible.

How do you see your company in the next 2-5 years (more products or services?)?

My aspirations for this company are larger than life. Once past this initial hurdle of developing a sustainable community, the possibilities are numerous. In terms of products, we will be on every mobile device shortly with a Web platform that works in tandem with the app. In terms of services… I don’t want to spill any ideas that could be swept up by my competition, but I have a laundry list of things currently being implemented and even more in the queue. Within six to eight weeks we’ll roll out more social features, and further down the road I see the app as an important component of how we’ll operate as a society.

How many employees and/or freelance contractors do you currently have working with you?

There are six individuals that work specifically for AirRun. We outsource the app development and coding to another startup called Vokal Interactive. We also use two public relations firms — one that is working to establish our web presence in general and another that helps with our social media presence.

Are you looking to hire more people or contractors? If so, what positions and skills are you looking for?

Without a doubt. We’d eventually like to hire a couple of programmers to accelerate the development process. And as the app evolves, we’ll need to expand our customer support system to reflect our growing user base.

What other Web-based products would you recommend to entrepreneurs, business owners, or freelancers?

Just download and critique as many Web services as you can, especially if they pertain to your product… or could potentially. I personally am constantly looking toward other companies that are utilizing location-based systems for their products. This area within technology is so hot right now but is constantly evolving and becoming more dynamic. It’s important to stay on top of the trends within your product’s strongest selling points and you can’t assume you have the best solution for everything.

Any patents pending?

Not right now, but it’s a possibility!

 

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