What’s Getting in The Way of a Stronger Sharing Economy?

August 16, 2018

We ditch Sunday morning brunch with friends to drive down and check on our parents. We make ridiculously late dinner reservations so we can go home and walk the dog first. We skip last minute tickets to that sold-out concert because neither of the two babysitters we trust are available. Meanwhile, there are tons and tons of apps that could take care of it all for us … in minutes. Probably even seconds.

We have these fantastic services – literally at our fingertips – but we’re still scrambling to do it all ourselves. Why is that? What’s holding us back?

The #1 Concern Hiring Help: Trust

Trust is always earned, never given.

It’s a wise old saying for a reason – it’s true. It really does all come down to trust.

Trust you’ll get what you paid for. Trust your home will be safe. Trust your family will be safe.

Did you see this article in Forbes? The headline comes right out and says it: “The Sharing Economy Still Hasn’t Reached Its Potential.” And they seem to think it has to do with user’s trust that each experience will dependably, and safely, deliver.

According to Forbes the Sharing Economy needs to confront some critical issues to reach the next stage of growth.

The Only Real Fast Track to Trust

It’s a huge – and valid – problem for the Sharing Economy: how do you know who to trust online? With such easy access to such a large group of people, places and services … how do you narrow down who’s the best to hire? How do you decide who you can even trust with the job?

Was it just your imagination, or was there really something kinda off about Jimmy? I mean, are any of these people even SAFE? The list of questions goes on forever.

We’ve created a solution – a cutting-edge algorithm that lets you know the person you met online is safe to trust offline. It’s called SafetyPIN, and if you hire someone with one you can be confident they’re trustworthy.

Why You Should Never Give Your House Key
to Someone Without a SafetyPIN

When you buy “stuff,” you weigh the price versus the return policy and roll your dice. But with the Sharing Economy, you’re talking about inviting a stranger into your home. Or willingly going into their home. Possibly to sleep. With your family. Think about that for a minute.

Maybe you need daily elder care for your mom with Alzheimer’s. Or you might be looking for a regular Friday night babysitter for your toddler. Do you need someone to help with your cats while you’re away for a long weekend? You’re literally putting the lives of the people you love in a stranger’s hands. The Sharing Economy puts your most precious, personal and private things in a pretty vulnerable position. Why would you risk gambling on someone you’re not sure you can trust? The stakes are just too high!

Usually, when you’re giving your key to someone, it’s because they’ll be alone in your home… maybe even with your pets… … or your kids! Regardless of the exact scenario, every time you hire someone off the internet you’re putting an awful lot into the hands of a stranger.

With SafetyPIN, You Know Who to Trust

You may have heard our founder’s story about the crazy dog sitter who FAKED HER OWN DEATH when she failed to do the job she was hired for. Maybe you’ll get lucky and end up with a dog whisperer (or at least a sane person!). But maybe not.

Here’s the good news: you don’t need to take the gamble. There’s no reason to even roll the dice. Because we’ve created the solution to everyone’s number 1 concern when it comes to using the sharing economy: knowing who to trust.

When someone is approved for a SafetyPIN, it’s like an instant badge of trust. It means they passed our strict screening requirements, designed by a dream team of security experts. Working with criminal profilers to clinical psychologists, we designed SafetyPIN to be a background check on steroids after two Red Bulls. And unlike most background checks, a SafetyPIN isn’t “one and done.” We regularly rescreen our members. And if someone fails to meet our requirements, their SafetyPIN is revoked. That’s what makes SafetyPIN the absolute best way to know that someone you’ve met online is safe to meet offline.

A SafetyPIN is the easiest way to have the trust and confidence to move an online connections to “IRL,” fast. So you can get the help you need and get on with your life. Spend less time screening your help, and more time actually getting help.

Is Getting a SafetyPIN Faster than
Getting a Background Check?

It’s fast and simple to get a SafetyPIN.

In fact, if you specifically ask someone for one and they don’t have theirs yet, they could apply in about 5 minutes. Most people get approved within 24 hours.

All they have to do is provide basic information and answer a few simple, short questions. Then SafetyPIN will take care of the rest.

What About Those Free Background Checks?

So what makes SafetyPIN better than any other background check you can do online?

Did you know that only 40% of crimes are posted in online databases? And that background checks scan by county or state, not the entire country. Just because someone has no record in California, it doesn’t mean they didn’t do time in New York. So those free “instant” internet checks that take a minute or two? They miss a LOT.

That’s why SafetyPIN created the most rigorous 4-pronged screening process available. We access more than 10,000 data sources and then screen criminal, financial and personal history. And because so many crimes go unreported, we added our proprietary behavioral review — to weed out people who could be dangerous or likely to scam someone.

After our founder’s experience, we knew our process had to be the most thorough screening available.

Now that – thankfully – her pups are okay, she can chalk it up to a good lesson. It’s simple: If you’re meeting or hiring people through websites and apps, NEVER trust a stranger in your home or around your family without a SafetyPIN.

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Do I need a SafetyPIN

August 5, 2018

Do You Need A SafetyPIN?

Believe it or not, one in four of us is taking side jobs. One in FOUR! That’s a LOT of competition out there…and on every app. Welcome to the busy gig economy.

Maybe you’re doing it as a side hustle — or maybe it’s your full-time thing. Either way, I bet you’re not booking as many gigs as you need. Do you feel like you spend more time looking for work than actually working? Do you wish there was a way to bypass the whole internet dance and get straight to the part where you’re making some money?

Well now, there is.

Look, it takes major hustle to stand out and get people’s attention online. We’re all doing backflips to show just how qualified we are … how great we are with kids … how we’re a dog whisper … how we’re a bit OCD – in a good way – about getting tile grout clean. “Pick me! Pick me!”

Have you spent hours trying to write the perfect profile for a dozen different apps? We bet you’ve lost count of the number of times you dropped everything to answer a bunch of questions – right away – for someone you thought would hire you. It’s frustrating when people seem to be looking for your help – they review your profile, even message you – but then just…well… ghost you.

Well we know this:

Trust and safety are your potential clients’ number 1 concern when they’re deciding who to hire.

And like I said above, now there’s something that can help you get hired, more often and faster.

It’s a SafetyPIN, and it’s a badge of trust that gives immediate peace of mind to anyone who needs your help.

How to Get Hired Fast … and Often

It’s simple – and pretty harmless – to initiate a conversation online, right? But when someone’s thinking about hiring you, they’re thinking about having you in their home…around their kids…in their most private space.

So how do you get strangers to trust you… with their dog? Or their house? Or their KIDS? How do you get super busy people to move that online connection OFFline, and fast?

Simple…you get a SafetyPIN. It’s just the easiest way to start booking more gigs.

A SafetyPIN is like a background check on steroids after two Red Bulls. And it’s the best way to let someone you’ve met online know you’re safe to meet offline. Anyone thinking about hiring you will LOVE that you have one — and you’ll love how easy it is — to get and to share.

SafetyPIN was designed by a dream team of security experts – from criminal profilers to clinical psychologists. It’s the fastest – and easiest – way to make someone feel safe inviting you into their home … their family … their life.

Don’t Waste Hours On What SafetyPIN Does Instantly

All that time and effort you put into marketing yourself is pointless if people don’t trust you. And, let’s be honest – it’s normal to not trust strangers. That’s why you need a SafetyPin. What good is all the hustle if you can’t seal the deal?

You put in all that energy … and then they tell you they ended up hiring their niece’s friend. Or they went with their neighbor’s step-son. Or they just never get back to you at all …

You aren’t getting paid to court clients. You only get paid when you actually land them. And no matter how cute your profile picture is, you need trust immediately just to (literally) get in the door. Quit wasting time looking for work and start actually working. Get a SafetyPIN and stop losing gigs to stranger danger.

Get a Bigger Paycheck with SafetyPIN

So why choose SafetyPIN over one of those other “instant security check” sites you see everywhere? Well, first of all, your credibility with a SafetyPIN will put you at the top of everyone’s list.

SafetyPIN uses the most rigorous screening process available. In fact, we created a 4-pronged process that screens criminal, financial, and personal history — and adds a proprietary behavioral review. We access over 10,000 data sources, and the whole process was developed with the help of top experts like the former head of White House security. Who can argue with that?

Everytime you share your SafetyPIN, you’re offering a fast track to trust and confidence.

Plus, having a SafetyPIN is safer and more convenient for you, too. Your data is secured using encryption and the latest in security practices. No one EVER sees your personal information. And it’s just one application and you’re verified EVERYWHERE, so you won’t need to register individually on a bunch of sites, strewing your information all over the internet.

How Long Does a Background Check Take?

Will SafetyPIN be Faster?

It’s fast and simple to apply for a SafetyPIN.

All you have to do is provide some basic information and answer a few simple, short questions. SafetyPIN will do the rest. It only takes about 5 minutes to apply, and most applications are approved in around 24 hours.

It’s affordable, too. It only costs $1 to apply and $1/month for your first 6 months. After that, you pay as little as $4 a month to keep your SafetyPIN current.

The truth is you’re losing money on every gig you don’t book. A SafetyPIN is one business expense that will pay you back in spades. You can probably even write it off!

Get People to Court YOU … with a SafetyPIN

Stop chasing hesitant clients!

It’s almost like dating – when you’re too aggressive in the pursuit, or too interested in someone who’s just not that into you – you’re gonna push away business.

But with a SafetyPIN, gigs will start coming to you. Imagine if instead of spending time following up with someone you thought you clicked with, you spent time weeding out clients YOU don’t want to work for?

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Why to Ask For A SafetyPIN: Owner fears pup lost…

June 26, 2018

Lost Dog on dog-walking app

In the digital age it is important to ask for a SafetyPIN to prevent tragic stories from happening to you and your family

A Manhattan woman booked a sitter for her pooch through the infamous “Uber for dogs” app, Wag, only to learn the pup had gone missing in New Jersey — and may have ended up as dinner for pit bulls.

The owner used the app to find someone to watch her 4-year-old rescue Chihuahua, Sweets, from June 13-20, but a few days in, she was told the caramel-colored canine had vanished from the dog-minder’s home in North Bergen, NJ.

One man involved in the search claims the sitter’s story about what happened kept changing — but says the dog-walker brought up one seriously disturbing possibility.

“She told the owner there are dog-fighting rings in the area. They use Chihuahuas as bait for the pitties,” said Michael Ripinsky, the Jersey dog-shelter owner who first helped find Sweets a home. Now he’s joined the search for her.

Ultimately, the sitter said the dog had slipped out of her yard and wasn’t wearing a collar at the time because it had come loose and the sitter removed it.

Wag does not inspect its sitters’ homes, instead relying on a “written test, an in-person safety test and a background check,” according to spokeswoman Dini von Mueffling, who added Sweets’ sitter no longer works for the app.

When Ripinsky went to check out the home where Sweets was staying, he found the yard was just a dirt pile surrounded by crummy fences.

He says it wasn’t in the Chihuahua’s nature to run off — and worries she really has been caught up in the underground dog-fighting scene.

Wag dismissed the idea.

“With regard to the question of ‘Chihuahua death rings’: We have no knowledge of this. At no time in our conversation with local law enforcement, animal control or local shelters, has this topic come up,” said von Mueffling.

Since Sweets disappeared, Wag says it has mounted a massive dog-hunt — hiring a tracker, organizing search parties and offering a $2,000 reward.

Sweets is at least the eighth Big Apple pup to give a Wag walker the slip since 2015.

Last month, 3-year-old German shepherd-basset hound mix Teddy was lost by his walker in Harlem — but was fortunately found the next day.

Others haven’t been so lucky.

Upper East Side Chihuahua Norman slipped his harness during a March walk and hasn’t been seen since.

The app also screwed the pooch in May when it gave a female walker’s address to an irate dog owner who burst into her home at 1 a.m. shouting, “Where the f–k is my dog?”

The dog was safely back at the owner’s home.

Sweets’ owner declined to comment. The sitter couldn’t be reached.

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Why You Should Check for a SafetyPIN

June 25, 2018

One of the top three questions we get is: “Why do I need to check a SafetyPIN when I can just check ratings and reviews?” Don’t get me wrong…I rely on reviews a lot too. But they’re hardly scientific…
  • We don’t know who’s really writing them. A lot of people ask their friends and family for reviews to get their scores up.
  • It’s possible the host, seller, or individual asked for a 5-star rating, which makes people more likely to give one.
  • They’re usually more focused on whether the person got there on time, didn’t cancel, left clean sheets, etc. None of those have anything to do with your safety.
  • And in a lot of cases, ratings are two-way…so if you rate the Airbnb host low, he might give you 1-star to retaliate, basically bullying users into better ratings.

Now, don’t get me wrong, reviews are a great way to narrow down choices, but they have nothing to do with your safety or their background. So read the reviews – and then ask for a valid SafetyPIN.

Keeping you safer from URL to “IRL”

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Online Dating Meets SafetyPIN

June 25, 2018

Ladies (and Gentlemen)…

If you’ve been single in the last 10 years, you’ve tried it. Online dating…

And that means you probably know how it feels to meet someone and find out their profile pictures were snapped 15 years ago, back when they still had some hair…

Or you’ve gone out with someone only to find out they aren’t really divorced yet…

But those are nothing compared to the real horror stories.

So how can you have any idea who’s really on the other side of that “wink”? And if he’s safe to be alone with?

In fact, look at this screenshot from when I signed up for Match a few months ago:

At least they warned me!

I got lucky…while I went out with my share of dorks and a creep or two, nothing dangerous happened.

But now I won’t go on another date with someone new without asking for a SafetyPIN first. He might be cute, but no man is worth risking your safety.

Keeping you safer from URL to “IRL”

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What a SafetyPIN does that your background check doesn’t

June 25, 2018

There’s one question I get more than any other…why do I need to ask for a SafetyPIN if the site I’m using does its own background check?

I get it.

A lot of sites like care.com, Airbnb, and rover.com do background screenings on the people listed on their site. And that’s a good start.

But the truth is, we have no idea what each site actually screens for…or how often they check.

Because someone who came up “clean” a month ago, may have committed a crime since.

And those “little” details matter.

Because when you trust a nanny you found on online, or a man renting you a cabin on a home sharing site—you are trusting them with your safety, and the safety of your loved ones.

That’s where SafetyPIN comes in.

We go way beyond your typical background screening by working with law enforcement and criminal profiling professionals. And we screen for 4 different areas of safety and verification.

Plus, we continuously re-run and re-qualify our users. In fact, every SafetyPIN is date and time-stamped to the second to assure you it’s still valid.

If you’re inviting someone into your home, or going to someone’s home for the first time, can you ever be too careful?

Absolutely not.

Ask for a SafetyPIN so you know you can trust them—provide your SafetyPIN so they know they can trust you.

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So you want to ask for a SafetyPIN?

June 25, 2018

Think about the first time you tried to buy beer when you were legal but forgot your ID. “Come on… I swear, I’m 27…I just look younger.”

Chances are you walked away without the 6-pack.

And the person carding you wasn’t being a jerk…he was just doing what he was supposed to do.

We consider asking for a SafetyPIN a lot like that. You have a responsibility to keep yourself, your family, and your home safe.

So before you meet someone in person, just ask.

“Hey…can you shoot me your SafetyPIN so I can verify it?”

If the person is upset or offended, just remind them you can never be too careful because keeping your family and your home safe is too important. And if that’s not good enough, maybe it’s better to choose someone else.

Keeping you safer from URL to “IRL”

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What is a SafetyPIN?

June 25, 2018

Sure…it sounds great…an easy way to trust a complete stranger you met on the internet. But what IS a SafetyPIN?

Our goal is to help make it safer for you to meet people offline that you met online. Whether it’s a “gig,” a date, or a home share, asking for a SafetyPIN is the best way to know who you can trust.Think of a SafetyPIN as a “trust badge” you can share with people (or ask to see) before you meet up in real life.

In order to ensure maximum safety, when someone applies for a SafetyPIN on our secure site, we comb more than 10,000 sources of data and review applications with professionals with more than 60 years’ combined experience in criminal justice.

I know what you’re probably thinking… “Is my data safe?”

Rest assured…we take data protection and privacy VERY seriously and use up-to-the-minute security technologies and encryption to guarantee your private data stays private.

Once someone meets our criteria, they’re awarded a unique SafetyPIN. Then you can ask for and share a SafetyPIN with anyone you’re going to meet, rent a home to or from, hire, or work for to assure each other you’re trustworthy.

Active SafetyPINs are date and time-stamped so you know it’s current and can’t be forged. Still, we recommend you ALWAYS click to verify. It’s the only was to assure the SafetyPIN holder’s identity.

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Online Dating Safety Tips

June 19, 2018

Dating websites are more popular than ever, but it’s very important to take precautions when you’re looking for love online. Romance scam victims in the United States and Canada have reported losing nearly $1 billion over the last three years, according to a Better Business Bureau study.

“These scammers create fake accounts and play on your emotions,” said BBB spokesperson Bryan Oglesby. “They’re going to play on those emotions and try to take your money or steal your personal identity.”

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“I was raped by a man I met on a popular dating app”

June 19, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) – “We exchanged phone numbers, we went out on a date, we went out on a few dates.”

It started like any other relationship. Our victim, who we’ll call Sarah, says she met a men while using the online dating site, Plenty of Fish. She says the two started chatting on the app, and that he seemed like a genuinely nice guy.

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