Sport Source: Click to play
Portland based tech startup Sport Source launched in the App Store on Aug. 4. The IOS-only app aims to be the Airbnb of sports facilities.
Casey Trujeque, co-founder and CEO, used to train Trailblazer Allen Crabbe. Trujeque found that even for a professional athlete it was hard to find a workout facility for a few hours, especially when on the road.
"Now regardless of use cases, there will be local places available to any of our
users to benefit from. No more runaround or frustrations on not having a facility available or knowing how to book it; it'll be one click away with Sport Source."
Like Airbnb, facility owners and operators host their space on Sports Source and athletes and coaches browse the offerings and rent them.
It could be a pool, a court or a field. Trujeque says it could even be a home gym in someone's garage.
Trujeque teamed with Molly Kline, cofounder and COO of Sport Source, who said: "We're finally getting back to doing all of the things we love, and Sport Source was created to help us find places where we can do those things together."
The west Portland-based company is currently in work-from-home mode. The app was beta tested with 25 spaces in the Portland area with plans to expand the rollout internationally.
Trujeque said the goal is not to compete with publicly owned sports facilities like the Tualatin Hills rec center, nor the big private ones like the Multnomah Athletic Club. The goal is more the private tennis court or gym.
Like Airbnb, reputation is everything: Users and hosts can leave reviews to better the experience for the community.
"Sport Source will connect communities both in Portland and nationwide," said Brian Grant, former Portland Trailblazer and Sport Source investor. "It's a long overdue solution for our industry. As the world returns to normal, Sport Source comes in as a great solution to help communities get active and help
small businesses thrive. I'm excited to see a minority- and female-owned Portland company bringing this technology to the market."
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