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Startup Spotlight: FanSpotz


Are you tired of driving around, looking for a place to park when attending games and events? Parking can be one of the most frustrating parts of going anywhere, but one company is aiming to eliminate the hassle.

FanSpotz is looking to change the entire experience of parking. Billing itself as the “Airbnb of parking,” FanSpotz connects people looking for parking and property owners who rent spots in their yards or driveways. Through the FanSpotz app, users can pay or accept payment for parking quickly and securely.

Based in Fayetteville, FanSpotz was inspired by the difficulty of locating parking and tailgating spots for Razorback football games. While parking is available in the form of parking passes and spots on nearby residents’ lawns, the passes are limited and many residents require cash.

Instead of relying on databases to rent private parking, FanSpotz is crowdsourcing parking to alleviate the difficulties of finding a spot. FanSpotz looks to solve the parking demand by connecting individuals – those looking for parking and those hosting spaces.

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The co-founders of FanSpotz – Shauna Bowen, CEO; Matt Martin, Chief Product Officer, Steven Zapata, Chief Customer Officer and Tony Lee, Chief Technology Officer – developed the first version of the app in three months, just in time for the 2017 Razorback football season. The team worked after hours developing the app and leveraged their professional resources for advice and guidance.


The FanSpotz team consists of Shauna Bowen, CEO; Steven Zapata, Chief Customer Officer; Tony Lee, Chief Technology Officer; Matt Martin, Chief Product Officer; Toni Gemper, Chief Strategy Officer; Tyler Crosson, Director of Growth; and Hunt Nosari, Product Manager.

FanSpotz continues to expand, recently adding a chief strategy officer, director of growth and a product manager. However, the company is rooted in Arkansas, due to the talent pool and wealth of knowledge in the region. The company was able to recruit experienced individuals from the world-class businesses that call Arkansas home to help grow FanSpotz.

In the future, FanSpotz plans to pay their success forward by mentoring and supporting new entrepreneurs. By fostering startup culture in Arkansas, FanSpotz hopes to embolden people to think like entrepreneurs and take action.

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