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