Gettabox S.L., a startup business specializing in valet self-storage, has launched service in Madrid, Spain. The company uses a mobile app and online platform that allows customers to schedule item pickup, maintain a visual catalog of stored bins and bulky items, and schedule delivery of items to their home or business.
Similar to other valet-style storage operators, Gettabox offers by-the-bin storage targeted at residents who don’t have adequate home storage. Items are stored in multiple secure warehouses in the region, according to the company website. Pricing starts at €4.99 per bin per month and €6.99 per bulky item, such as golf clubs or skis. The company also has a pricing model for customers who wish to rent warehouse space by the square meter. Those prices range from €39.99 per month for 1 square meter up to €109.99 for 6 square meters.
Customers can store images of their items through a mobile app. When they need a particular item or bin, they can schedule home delivery for a flat fee of €24.99.
“Business people, Millennials and others who use Uber, Facebook and Airbnb on a daily basis would find much use of yet another service provider that disrupts a conventional industry,” founder and CEO Alexander Afanasyev said in a press release. “Just as Google Drive once enabled us to store and synchronize our digital files in the cloud, so does Gettabox help us to mobilize our tangibles by making them universally accessible.”
Afanasyev “incubated” the business idea for six months in New Zealand, Spain and Turkey before formally launching service in Madrid, according to the release. The entrepreneur spent several months traveling internationally and pursuing business opportunities, when he found himself “longing for cloud storage for his family that would be able to provide only the most demanded items and personal stuff,” according to a company description on F6S.com, a business website that helps startups connect with investors.
Afanasyev believes the virtual-catalog part of the business and ease of scheduling redelivery will connect with digitally minded customers. “Imagine that you are on vacation and have only one movie on your laptop. Would you carry along a hard disk drive (HDD) with your home collection? Probably not. After all, you could easily download something from iTunes, watch it and delete it afterwards,” he said. “In other words, you would not want to waste precious space on your HDD to store something indefinitely. You could easily obtain it just by clicking a few buttons. We do the same.”
Gettabox is currently operating a seed round, seeking €500,000 in investment for 25 percent equity. Afanasyev has set a pre-money valuation on the business at €2 million.