As mom and pop restaurants and coffee shops cap a ages of shuttered dining rooms, abounding small-business owners are attractive for means to accomplish added banknote during the crunch.
Supportive barter who appetite to accumulate their admired spots animate accept descended on amusing media in the accomplished few weeks to animate locals to buy allowance cards now to use after back things reopen. The abstraction has permeated talks of acknowledging baby businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There’s aloof one problem. Abounding baby businesses don’t accept a way to advertise and action allowance cards online.
Now, a 25-year-old administrator in San Diego is alms up a band-aid through his aggregation Paneau. Nader Khalil and his 23-year-old co-founder Alec Fong accept congenital a fast and simple way for baby businesses to advertise basic allowance cards and action them digitally.
Nader Khalil, co-founder of Paneau, is an ex-software architect at Workday.
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Khalil, a above software architect at fintech and HR software behemothic Workday, launched his own startup, Paneau in 2019. The aggregation has already accustomed a brand of approval from the startup association in San Francisco, area they afresh accelerating from the awful aggressive accelerator Y Combinator.
Paneau’s aboriginal business abstraction was to abode tablets in Uber and Lyft cartage throughout San Francisco, accession targeted, bounded advertisements to cartage on their drive. They still do this, and it’s one of their capital acquirement drivers. Khalil splits his time amid his home in San Diego and San Francisco.
But back the communicable took hold, abounding of Paneau’s barter either shut bottomward or began to attempt financially. Khalil and Fong began brainstorming how they could advice their ambition bazaar — small, bounded businesses — survive.
“Consumers are activity en masse to acquirement allowance cards for their bounded businesses appropriate now, but we noticed that about two-thirds of these bounded shops didn’t accept a allowance agenda platform,” Khalil said. “Your admired bar or taqueria we all adulation has never awash allowance cards before.”
Khalil and Fong, who authority degrees in computer engineering and computer science, advised and coded a plug-and-play software apparatus that any baby business could use. Essentially, the small-business buyer sets up an annual with Paneau (for free), which links their coffer annual capacity with Paneau application the defended payments belvedere Stripe. The boutique buyer decides the dollar increments they appetite to advertise via allowance cards, and is again issued a different link. This articulation can be aggregate on amusing media campaigns, websites, email newsletters, and any added business channel.
Customers again bang the link, buy the allowance agenda online, and watch as the loaded allowance agenda appears in their agenda Apple Pay wallet (Google Wallet is next, but not absolutely congenital yet). From here, barter aloof charge to appearance their buzz at checkout to pay.
The business pays annihilation to use this service. For now, during the pandemic, Paneau is waiving all transaction fees until they ability over $250,000 in affairs on their platform. After that, they will canyon on the amount of the transaction to the allowance agenda purchaser, not the business owner.
Paneau is not abandoned in arrest this accurate botheration for small-business owners. Interested barter can analyze endless baby businesses on giveandgetlocal.com, which lists bounded spots application the Square point-of-sale (POS) system. The armpit funnels barter to SquareUp, which allows them to buy allowance cards for their admired spots online. They are alone one of abounding providers of online allowance cards.
Khalil said Paneau sets itself afar by actuality “POS agnostic,” acceptation baby businesses don’t accept to use Square to be able to advertise and action Paneau’s allowance cards.
Another San Diego startup, Bitmo, sells agenda allowance cards to beyond businesses with assorted locations. Founder and CEO J. Michael Smallwood said he believes the COVID-19 communicable will acceleration up the acceptance of contactless payment, whether it’s through Bitmo, Apple Pay, or added new casework like Paneau.
“Today, bodies are starting to accept anxiety about application banknote — or alike the old artificial card,” Smallwood said.
Paneau aloft $150,000 from Y Combinator to body out its startup and is currently fundraising for a best runway.