Award-Winning App Promises Butlers for All
The sharing economy's newest asset may be automatic, all-around, in-home service on a budget
Silicon Valley has spoken: the best-in-show idea at a recent San Francisco tech gathering was a virtual management system for real-life servant sharing. The award-winning home services app swayed onlookers and judges alike with its promise of “the butler you never had; for the very first time, the luxury of personal service for the rest of us” — for $99 per month.
Alfred, named for Bruce Wayne’s devoted renaissance manservant (portrayed above by Michael Caine), beat out pitches from 27 competitors at TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF 2014. The contest, held annually in San Francisco, New York City, and Beijing, brings together start-up companies with products or services to pitch and who compete onstage for $50,000 in prize money (as well as investment and publicity from industry bigwigs). VentureBeat reported that the panel of judges included Roelof Botha (Sequoia Capital), David Lee (SV Angel), John Lilly (Greylock Partners), Marissa Mayer (Yahoo), Keith Rabois (Khosla Ventures), and Kevin Rose (North, Google Ventures), representing only a fraction of tech and finance royalty present at the event.