Carrying cash is going the way of the boombox. While some research might tell us that 40% of all consumer transactions are still done in cash, watching people cycle through a Starbucks for an hour will tell us that most consumers are choosing plastic over paper.
A reality which presents an issue for tipping, as Dr. Hector Rodriguez and his wife Maria Luna discovered after hiking in Utah. They wrapped up their tour and had no cash to tip the guide. So the guide got stiffed and the couple vowed to help others avoid a similar penny-pinched fate.
This past December they launched Bravo, a proximity-based payments application. The idea behind the software is to offer service professionals an easy alternative to banking entirely on cash. Its knockout feature is that because of its GPS technology, no personal information needs to be exchanged between the parties to facilitate a transaction. No email addresses, no goofy transit numbers, no hassles.
When the app is opened, it just searches for enrolled pros in range. The customer picks the desired pro, picks the amount and then the transfer is made immediately.
The consumer user has already stored their credit/debit card number, and the professional user has already stored their baking information. The exchange is triggered right away and most deposits are completed within 24 hours. A small “convenience fee” is tacked on the consumer’s tip and cut back to Bravo’s team of three.
And just in case you have Scrooge’s remorse, there is a search function in the app that also lets you find and pay people that aren’t close by.
The app now has thousands of users including valets, baristas and bands and won the “Wildcard” award at this year’s Disrupt SF conference.
Which is what makes this app so exciting; the wildcard factor.
Bravo has nothing but upside and if positioned, expanded and managed effectively, could stir up some great big changes in the world of money exchange. Not just with service professionals, but literally everyone.
The founders say that they are now working with several charities to help them accept digital donations and hope to grow the application into the world of peer-to-peer payments. But as far as I can tell, marketing is the only thing in the way of Bravo already being a peer-to-peer celebrity.
There is no particularly good reason why I shouldn’t download this app. The same goes for my friends. Especially the ones who make a habit of posting up ludicrous turnaround times for debt payments.
You’ll get me the money “sometime this week”?
How about right now instead? If you’re selectively broke, this might just fix you.
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Irene Torres says
Pretty cool app. It might make getting money from my friends a little easier, but now Facebook Messenger does the same thing.
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Betty Thompson says
I can see how this would be a great app for people that live in the big city and might have a lot of places where they would be on the app. I wonder how many “pros” are enrolled. Until that number reaches into the 100,000’s, it is not really going to be a benefit to everyone.
Byron Devlin says
LOL, great title. I like these types of app, however, nobody ever brings up the security of things like this. Of course, there are many ways to get hacked, but anytime you add ANOTHER option for the hacker, you are opening yourself up to another disaster.
This is a great app and will make paying for tips easier in a couple ways. For one thing, a lot of people don’t carry cash like mentioned in the article. This can be a real hassle when you want to tip someone. Myself, I literally had no cash on me one time I got my car from a valet at a company party and had to just bounce. Everyone has their phone on them these days though so it’s easy to just pull it out and hit a few buttons. Secondly it makes paying tips easier because it’s out of sight, out of mind. If you don’t see the cash changing hands it’s psychologically much easier to accept giving money away. I used to tip dudes at the local coffee shop I went to all the time because they accepted tips through the credit card machine touch pad they were using. You didn’t have to sign anything you just hit a button to add 2 dollars or whatever. This is a good thing.
Lucille Fuston says
I agree. Giving tips can be a pain, especially when less people are carrying cash around these days.