Aug 4, 2016
Just as owners of homes are able to monetize their property on Airbnb, and drivers can use their cars to make extra cash via Uber and Lyft, ShareGrid helps industry pros put their gear to work for them -— even when they’re not on a shoot.
How it started: ShareGrid, a peer-to-peer gear marketplace for filmmakers and creatives, is the brainchild of founders Brent Barbano, Arash Shiva, and Marius Ciocirlan — all creatives themselves. In 2013, Barbano, a DP, was working on a documentary that highlighted the sharing economy when the inspiration hit him to create a sharing network for filmmakers. He connected with product designers Shiva and Ciocirlan, and the trio began to develop the concept. In advance of launching the service, they posted an ad on Facebook that resulted
in 3,000 sign-ups.
Imagine one resource where you can book a twelve-foot camera crane, a green screen production space with lights and a two-ton grip and electrical package that comes with a sprinter van. Now imagine this resource as a sharing economy business, in the vein of Uber or Airbnb. Fortunately, this resource is the very real ShareGrid – a peer-to-peer marketplace where filmmakers, photographers and creatives can rent gear, spaces and resources directly to and from other local creatives.
In the fall of 2013, two Bay Area friends — both product designers at Groupon — were on a walk, dreaming up a potential business plan that would change the game for indie filmmakers. ShareGrid Co-founders Marius Ciocirlan and Arash Shiva knew what they were looking for: a system that offers filmmakers a way to make money renting out their gear, and the ability to rent from other owners without the uncertainty of online marketplaces like Craigslist. They built a test website — a single landing page with a mission statement and a place for interested visitors to drop an email address. Within weeks, they had thousands of sign-ups, including one from an L.A.-based cinematographer who would become the final pillar of ShareGrid’s leadership: Co-Founder Brent Barbano.
May 26th, 2016
The “sharing economy” has disrupted everything from transportation to lodging, and many industries in between. ShareGrid is betting it can do the same for film and photo production.
The Seattle startup is a peer-to-peer rental marketplace for film and photo equipment. Creatives can offer up their gear, which is insured by ShareGrid, to earn some extra cash. Those who need equipment for a shoot can rent it from other professionals for less than what traditional rental services charge.
Oct 5th, 2015
Indie filmmakers are always looking for ways to save and/or make money. One web site is helping them do both. ShareGrid is a peer-to-peer camera rental website where indie filmmakers can earn extra income by renting out their gear to other local filmmakers. Of course, filmmakers can rent out their own equipment outside of such a service, but ShareGrid makes sure that every rental is insured and every renter is verified.
Today, the company now has over 2100 members and has already listed over $23 million dollars worth of inventory (with prices generally around 40-50% lower than rental houses), with the average top user making as much as $850/month renting gear on the web site. Given that ShareGrid is preparing to launch in New York City soon (update: ShareGrid is now operating in New York City), Indiewire reached out to the company’s co-founder Brent Barbano.