Need to bor­row a gi­ant Con­nect 4, VR gog­gles or a truck? Heck yeah, Fluid is from Den­ver!

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Those gi­ant Con­nect 4 games look so fun, but own­ing one will prob­a­bly cramp your (tiny house) style. That’s where com­mu­nity-shar­ing app Fluid comes in. The Den­ver startup is all about loan­ing items be­tween friends — and nearby strangers. Need an extra pair of HTC Vive vir­tual-re­al­ity gog­gles? Beatrice in En­gle­wood will rent one with a PC and mon­i­tor for $38 a day. How about a pickup truck? Niki in Den­ver has a Chevy for $2 an hour. Oh, and that gi­ant Con­nect 4? It’s $5 a day.

Fluid uses pay­ment ser­vice Stripe for fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions and takes 20 per­cent of the rental fee. That cov­ers in­surance for all items (mi­nus ve­hi­cles) up to $1 mil­lion in case a bor­rower dam­ages the items. Safety tips are com­mon sense — meet the other party at a safe lo­ca­tion — plus Fluid ver­i­fies users by mo­bile num­ber and credit card. Rent­ing items on an app ap­pears to be catch­ing on. In Novem­ber, the com­pany said it re­ceived $1.7 mil­lion in seed fund­ing from friends, fam­ily and ven­ture firms such as Grotech Ven­tures, New En­ter­prise As­so­ciates and Cor­re­la­tion Ven­tures.

Head­quar­ters: 2420 17th St. in Den­ver at the WeWork Lohi cowork­ing space Founded: 2016 Founder: James Eber­hard Em­ploy­ees :6 Con­tact: 720-295-3192 Home on the web: flu­id­mar­

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