Wharton Grad Wants You to Charge Your iPhone Everywhere in Philly

If one Wharton grad’s start-up takes off, your late-night bootycalls may never again be ruined by a dying phone battery. Douglas Baldasare, through his start-up “ChargeItSpot” wants to install 76 portable charging stations in businesses across Philly by June. Consumers would power up for free, while businesses would pay a monthly fee for the kiosks, in exchange for the boon in customers they would ostensibly receive. To sell local merchants on the idea, Baldasare is sending out 150 cakes to businesses across six city neighborhoods. They’ll look something like this:

In June, according to a press release, the start-up will also release an app that alerts people to nearby charging stations, once their phones dip below a certain battery level.

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  • http://twitter.com/whynotbalu Balu Chandrasekaran

    Great idea! Both the cakes as well as ChargeItSpot for people like me that constantly lose charge while on the go, partying. Can’t wait for this to be at all my favorite local clubs.

  • jdjfd

    This is quite possibly the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard. Not to mention, it’s already been done in many other places around the globe, in much smarter fashion. I’ve heard information that stores put these hideous “stations”: in the back of the store, where no one uses them anyway. Waste of money. Luckily, Baldy’s parents are loaded and could afford to piss their money away on such an idea.

  • miamijosh1

    I’ve used these before and they are great, total life-saver!

  • lennyfishman

    I can think of a few places I could use one of these.

  • sjh2013

    Absolutely love this idea. I would def buy more in stores while waiting for my phone to juice up

  • PhillyResident

    Need this in Philly! Would be great at bars when phone is dying late at night

  • Pat T

    This gem of a service is exactly what is needed in this smartphone craving world! Love it.

  • Sabrina

    There is nothing worse than running out of juice when trying to make or receive a call. Genius idea ChargeItSpot!!!

  • Gil Shulman

    I love ChargeIt – great company and amazing execution! Go Doug!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pochaco Marc-Anthony Serrano

    Are most of these comments fake? I mean, come on…let’s make merchants pay for plugs they already [could] have. I don’t remember ever wanting to buy something at a store because my batt is low. What do I do? I plug it into my computer, which is with me 99% of the time.

    • Doug Baldasare

      Hi Marc-Anthony – thanks your feedback. Check out our site. We provide the secure locker system combined with charging tips. Also our mobile app tells people when their battery is low, where they can charge. This way we help them in the case they forget their computers or chargers. It’s this entire system that retail folks are seeking to bring people into their store and shop for longer. We’d love to have you as a user if you’re ever in need of a charger. Would love more of your feedback. Call me directly at 215.220.6601. -Doug