Story excerpt provided by Crain’s Cleveland Business.
Written by Judy Stringer.
Watch out, baby sitters.
As if Netflix was not already eating into the profits of teens trying to make bank from beleaguered parents who need downtime, a baby-sitting exchange app developed by two Akron-area moms threatens to cut them out altogether.
Founders Audrey Wallace and Amy Husted launched a beta version of their Komae app on Sept. 6. With its “What would you do with free baby-sitting?” tagline, Komae allows users to build virtual networks — which they call “villages” — made up of parents who know and trust one another and are willing to trade baby-sitting services. Within a week of the beta launch, 100 users had signed up. Wallace and Husted like to add another 4,900 by the end of the year.
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Originally published September 24, 2016.