Share with Oscar. It’s a bit of an odd name for a parking app. A question we’re asked all the time is where did that name come from…
Our story started at Bondi beach a few years back. Our co-founder Lisa was trying to park at Bondi Beach. Having circled the block for nearly an hour just trying to find a spot, she pulled up outside someone’s driveway and asked the owner if she could park in his driveway for the afternoon for $20. The owner said yes… and his name was Oscar! That’s how Share with Oscar was born. Humble beginnings right?
At Oscar, Our mission is to make our cities more liveable through sharing. We’re changing the way we share our assets and resources when we don’t use them, to create greener, smarter cities.
There is only 1 parking space for every 6 drivers in our urban cities, and in areas like Bondi, finding parking is just about impossible. Yet there is so much unused space for the most part of the day. Instead of building more unsightly parking lots, let’s help each other by lending what we already have.
We believe that as a community, we can help solve our city’s parking woes.
Oscar helps members of the community to earn some additional income whilst unlocking more parking spaces for the drivers who need them.
Share with Oscar is a Sydney-based company founded by two female entrepreneurs who are passionate about the sharing economy and creating smarter cities. Oscar was developed to help alleviate the pain of searching for parking in crowded areas. The idea came about when co-founders Lisa and Louise felt the stress and frustration of finding parking at Bondi beach, and yet they saw so many empty driveways dotted around.
Whilst Oscar has been likened to Airbnb and Uber, we believe it is different in one very critical aspect – It requires next to no effort to deliver a substantial earning. Airbnb requires cleaning the house and furnishing it, Uber requires time driving passengers around.
With 2 clicks on Oscar, owners simply share and earn from their driveway, no maintenance or effort required.
Like with those great companies founded out of a garage, Oscar was both founded in a garage, and on a garage.