Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Aashish Dalal - ParkWhiz

Today Gigs at Startups is interviewing Aashish Dalal founder of ParkWhiz.

Name: Aashish Dalal
Company: ParkWhiz
Role: Founder & CEO

What is ParkWhiz?
ParkWhiz is a web-based service helping consumers find the closest, available parking to them, whether it’s a parking garage, surface lot, or a person renting out their driveway. The service is free for buyers to browse or search and free for facility owners to list their available parking. When a space is reserved via ParkWhiz we collect a small commission on the sale. The majority of our reservations are for airport, sporting, concert and theater venue parking.

Why did you start ParkWhiz?
From a company perspective, we saw parking as a lucrative, but very inefficient industry, similar to the airline industry of 30 years ago. From a personal perspective, the excitement of starting a company meshed with my personality.

What is the best thing about working at ParkWhiz?
The best part is being able to make decisions that can influence the shape, culture, and direction of our company and, to an extent, an industry for years to come. If we screw up, we're agile enough to recover. If we make the right choice, it's extremely gratifying.

What kind of people do you think are best suited to work at startups?
Anyone who is committed to make the leap and sacrifice. Like any goal, a startup requires perseverence, patience for all the do-overs you'll make from incorrect assumptions, and discipline. If you're willing to be a team player, understand the long term vision of what you've staked out and wear the many hats that may be required of you, the odds of success and happiness will slowly tilt in your favor.

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