If the bar you’re at is cash only and just too fun to leave, Nimbl can help
App and tech developers have already hacked most of life’s most mundane tasks — like doing laundry, buying groceries, cleaning house, hailing a cab — by making “crowd-sourced” groups of willing workers smartphone-compatible. Yet another often-inconvenient chore is ready to fall off the to-do lists of the connected masses: getting cash.
Nimbl is the new mobile app from GreenOps, a technology services company based in New York and San Francisco. The company, founded in 2014, is looking to “make ATM-style transactions mobile, with human helpers that deliver cash on demand,” Springwise notes. As developers explain on Nimbl’s site, their app also manages to [combine] technology and customer service to put cash in your hands in an agile and effortless manner.”
The iOS app is currently being used through a Beta testing phase in the commercially heavy parts of Manhattan and about half of San Francisco proper. The simple interface allows users to select an amount of cash to receive and either submit their location or use the “Find Me” function. Nimbl returns an ETA from an available runner to the user and, after the user accepts, the runner withdraws the exact amount of money the user wants from the company account and heads to the meeting point. Upon the runner’s arrival, the customer pays the equivalent amount to the company via Venmo, and thus the transaction is complete. The first few transactions are free at this point, after which users are charged $5 per delivery.
Anthony Ha, a TechCrunch writer working in Manhattan, recently tried out the service and found that it did work, in his case, as described; after a 20 minute wait at the TechCruch/AOL offices, his cash arrived via runner, was paid for, and became his. He reflects on his experience further in his article:
While some may see Nimbl as a lazy way to avoid a trip to the nearest ATM, the company hopes to work with cash-only businesses that could refer customers to the app rather than send them away to find a machine and potentially a rival that accepts cards.
Persons interested in trying out the app in Manhattan and San Francisco can learn more here and download the iOS app in the app store. Cash-strapped smartphone users outside of those areas will need, for now, to make do with any number of ATM locator apps.
Nimbl, Anthony Ha/TechCruch