Rob Brown, the co-founder of Kerb, the peer-to-peer global parking app, shows us around his web.

Hate hunting for a parking space? Urgh! Us too. Tech to the rescue; Rob Brown has designed a super cool app that allows people to rent out their spare parking spaces to anyone looking to park their car, bike, boat or – and why not - helicopter.

The idea of kerb.works is straightforward. Think of it as a kind of Airbnb for parking. Homeowners or businesses can use the Kerb platform to rent out their empty spaces to make extra cash – enabling drivers to park more easily and more cheaply.

The co-founder Rob Brown is a digital marketing expert and international keynote speaker who has long been fascinated by technology. Rob recognises that parking across the world has reached a crunch point, with commuters spending too much time and money on suitable parking (and parking fines). At the same time, a vast number of parking spaces sit empty; that is, until technology unlocks them in the form of his app kerb.works. The app, is now localised for 300 cities worldwide, in seventeen languages.

This week, we quizzed Rob on his top sites.



My favourite website… Apple - It is deceptively simple, but beautiful in its architecture.

My favourite app… Uber (after my own) - I love apps like Kerb and Uber that, when you press a single button, a problem is solved for you. In Kerb's case, you get an instant parking space at half the price of what you'd normally pay. In Uber's case, a vehicle comes to you, wherever you are in the world. Both apps circumvent the problem of communication issues when you are travelling in an unfamiliar country or culture.

My blog of choice… Seth's Blog by Seth Godin - Seth is one of those rare thinkers who have something original to say. I love his concise style of writing. Every fourth or fifth blog post contains a 'Wow!' moment.



My internet hero… I’m not sure I'd be able to single out one person, but four Internet pioneers who really influenced me, and my view of where the world is headed, were the guys behind the blog which became a seminal book - The Cluetrain Manifesto. Doc Searles, Rick Levine, David Weinberger, Christopher Locke: I tip my hat to you. The 99 pages you wrote in 1998 are as insightful-a-view on the past, present and future of marketplaces as anything I have read in the twenty years since.

My favourite podcasts... The Tim Ferris Show - It always contains a nugget of wisdom or two that you can apply to your daily life.

My most recent buy online… iPhone Xs

Book just downloaded/ read… The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley are Changing the World by Brad Stone.

Favourite tweeter… Donald Trump - For entertainment value only – not to be consumed in large doses, or while under the influence of alcohol.

Favourite instagrammer… Gary Vee - He's relentless. Passionate. Inspirational. I believe history will be kind to him, and will repay his generosity many times over.



Social media allowed me to meet… Some of Kerb's most passionate advocates. The number of times in the past two years that we've received random messages on Facebook and Instagram from people - young and old - who simply want to say 'Thank you for helping me make money from my parking space. You got me out of a financial hole' or 'Thank you for helping me find somewhere affordable to moor my boat or park my car'. The internet generally, and social media specifically, gets so much flack as a result of the bad players, but we need to occasionally stop to focus on all of the great people on social media. Most people are good. We should never forget that.

Most worthwhile newsletter subscribed to… Stratechery by Ben Thompson - The best $99-a-year anyone interested in technology + business will ever spend.

Pet hate about life online... Video ad interruptions. YouTube and Facebook, I'm looking at YOU! Please don't interrupt us like the TV channels of yesteryear used to do. Because we can - and will - all go somewhere else.

Stand out online memory… That crazy dial-up Internet sound, every time you went online back in 1994-1998.

November 2018