SXSW Startup: Commutifi helps cities, enterprises, business districts and people optimize their optimize commuting
While technology has improved the way we travel with things like ride share and parking apps, commuting and traffic are still a major headache.
Traffic congestion and long commutes may just seem like things employees complain about, research has suggested that adding an extra 20 minutes to an employees daily commute could have the same adverse affect as cutting their pay by 19%. It seems that people will go to crazy lengths to reduce the headaches caused by long commutes and traffic. At our Baltimore office for instance some of our staff will work an extra two hours just to be able to drive home with less traffic at 7pm versus 5pm.
Sure, some employers may like the extra productivity that comes from getting to the office hours early and staying extra late, just to avoid that traffic, but that too comes with a price.
Boulder startup, Commutifi, is helping to reduce the pain that comes with a long commute and being stuck in traffic. The company uses data to optimize mobility for commuters, enterprises, business districts, campuses and cities.
The fairly young startup team is ed by CEO Rich Schmelzer and CTO Esteban Sanchez who are no strangers to the world of startups. Schmelzer is a Techstars alum while Sanchez has helped build dozens of startups. The experience is showing as Commutifi has already participated in some major projects.
Denver’s Union Station turned to Commutifi to optimize the mobility for their 14,000 daily commuters and 700 employees. In this partnership they worked with ride share giant Uber to create a safe and more user friendly experience. They also managed and optimized all of Union Station’s parking options including their third party valet service. Speaking of valet services, Commutifi has developed the Blucar app platform, a first of it’s kind on demand valet platform. On the commuter side, Blucar allows users to have their car valeted at one location and dropped off at another. It also adds a robust set of features for valet stand owners that help identify opportunities and shrink risk.
One of their other exciting projects was developing a desk top app for WeWork’s customers. WeWork has coworking spaces in highly dense urban areas across the country and around the world. Their co-working customers can use Commuter Desk (powered by Commutifi) to optimize their commuting routes home, to their next meeting or to the grocery store.
Commutifi has a dozen or so projects like these in the pipeline stretching from optimizing commuting across entire cities to navigating parking challenges at large office buildings.
Commutifi is a top 50 finalist in the 2018 SXSW Accelerator. You can see them pitch during SXSW Interactive, March 10th and 11th in Austin, and meet them at the SXSW Accelerator Demo Day on March 12th. You can also find out more at commutifi.com