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How a Car’s Breakdown Led to an App Breakthrough

We’ve all been there. We’re in a foreign place and something goes wrong with our car, and we’re stuck searching for a way to fix it before any further issue can arise—without being half extorted for our money for an emergency repair.Well, now there’s an app for that. GreaseMonkey Mobile LLC is the brainchild of Stephan Walters, who got the idea about two years ago after having his taillight go out when he moved up to Washington, D.C., from Florida. He called his mom to ask where he should go to get it fixed. She recommended Midas. Walters, however, wasn’t buying it.“I said if I go to Midas, the first thing they’ll do is look at me and see I know nothing about cars because I don’t even know what to ask for, and they may jack up the price on me. I told her again I wish there was some way I could find other auto shops in my area so I could easily compare prices, so I can get the best bang for my buck, without having to worry about getting ripped off. A light bulb went off, and that’s when I kind of got the idea for GreaseMonkey,” Walters explains to The Root.Walters describes GreaseMonkey as “an automotive app that connects drivers with small businesses within the auto-maintenance-and-repair industry.”“The app allows users to save time and money when it boils down to it. Users on the app can see all the shops of different service types in the area. They can see all the services that they provide and all their pricing information, [as well as] any good deals and promotions that they may have going on,” the 26-year-old CEO and founder says, ticking off a variety of usages.“Users can actually send messages and attach images or their current location for estimates and inquiries, as well as schedule appointments and actually track their appointments from the time they drop their car off till the time it’s ready for pickup,” he says.Originally from Miami, Walters says he didn’t think that he would ever be doing what he’s doing now. He started out as a biology major at Florida State University in 2007 but somehow fell into computer science, and he has not looked back since.“I’ve only been a software developer for three years. I’m an iOS developer full time, and I remember coming out of school, it was hard to find jobs three years ago,” Walters says.With GreaseMonkey, Walters made a conscious effort to stick to small and medium-sized businesses, targeting those that would not necessarily have tech departments or the overhead necessary for such an undertaking, and therefore would be more likely to benefit from services like his. GreaseMonkey Mobile Chief Technology Officer Bradly Joseph, Chief Executive Officer Stephan Walters and Chief Business Officer Robert Davis pose in front of their exhibit during a DC TechDay in Washington, D.C., Nov, 2014. “Not only can users and drivers log into the app, but also businesses can log into the app to update their information as well as communicate with potential and current customers. We kind of wanted to allow them to access a set of features that not even some of the big names have,” he says. Currently, the app, which is available on iOS only, is up and functioning for just about 100 locations in D.C. and Atlanta. Still in its growing phase, the last system check a few weeks ago showed it had a little over 500 users, with a little over 300 of those being active users.Read more here.

We’ve all been there. We’re in a foreign place and something goes wrong with our car, and we’re stuck searching for a way to fix it before any further issue can arise—without being half extorted for our money for an emergency repair.

Well, now there’s an app for that.

GreaseMonkey Mobile LLC is the brainchild of Stephan Walters, who got the idea about two years ago after having his taillight go out when he moved up to Washington, D.C., from Florida. He called his mom to ask where he should go to get it fixed. She recommended Midas. Walters, however, wasn’t buying it.

“I said if I go to Midas, the first thing they’ll do is look at me and see I know nothing about cars because I don’t even know what to ask for, and they may jack up the price on me. I told her again I wish there was some way I could find other auto shops in my area so I could easily compare prices, so I can get the best bang for my buck, without having to worry about getting ripped off. A light bulb went off, and that’s when I kind of got the idea for GreaseMonkey,” Walters explains to The Root.

Walters describes GreaseMonkey as “an automotive app that connects drivers with small businesses within the auto-maintenance-and-repair industry.”

“The app allows users to save time and money when it boils down to it. Users on the app can see all the shops of different service types in the area. They can see all the services that they provide and all their pricing information, [as well as] any good deals and promotions that they may have going on,” the 26-year-old CEO and founder says, ticking off a variety of usages.

“Users can actually send messages and attach images or their current location for estimates and inquiries, as well as schedule appointments and actually track their appointments from the time they drop their car off till the time it’s ready for pickup,” he says.

Originally from Miami, Walters says he didn’t think that he would ever be doing what he’s doing now. He started out as a biology major at Florida State University in 2007 but somehow fell into computer science, and he has not looked back since.

“I’ve only been a software developer for three years. I’m an iOS developer full time, and I remember coming out of school, it was hard to find jobs three years ago,” Walters says.

With GreaseMonkey, Walters made a conscious effort to stick to small and medium-sized businesses, targeting those that would not necessarily have tech departments or the overhead necessary for such an undertaking, and therefore would be more likely to benefit from services like his.

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GreaseMonkey Mobile Chief Technology Officer Bradly Joseph, Chief Executive Officer Stephan Walters and Chief Business Officer Robert Davis pose in front of their exhibit during a DC TechDay in Washington, D.C., Nov, 2014.

“Not only can users and drivers log into the app, but also businesses can log into the app to update their information as well as communicate with potential and current customers. We kind of wanted to allow them to access a set of features that not even some of the big names have,” he says.

Currently, the app, which is available on iOS only, is up and functioning for just about 100 locations in D.C. and Atlanta. Still in its growing phase, the last system check a few weeks ago showed it had a little over 500 users, with a little over 300 of those being active users.

Read more here.

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How a Car’s Breakdown Led to an App Breakthrough

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