The Story Behind PORTEIRO
Updated: Sep 20
I am Arthur Burris, a technology industry veteran with over 20 years of experience who has increased corporate value by $4B for Fortune 25 companies Microsoft, J.P. Morgan Chase, GE Financial and General Motors, in addition to Fortune 500 company, PayPal.
My professional experience led me to establish the company SCHEJ, Inc., under which PORTEIRO - A Lifestyle Convenience App was born. This app provides an alternative way to solve daily tasks that challenge our time.
Five years ago, I came up with the idea to create PORTEIRO because my personal lifestyle productivity was being impacted by scheduling and commuting to local businesses for services based on their availability, searching for establishments, and seeking referrals.
Here is the story of how PORTEIRO came to be:
I remember returning home to Arizona from my weekly business trip on a Friday and mentally processing my regular Saturday routine, which consisted of commuting to multiple brick and mortar businesses to have personal services fulfilled, such as dry cleaning drop off & pickup, face & head shave, grocery shopping, manicure & pedicure and vehicle wash, along with cleaning my home before leaving for California on Sunday. It was this stark reality that I spent 141 hours annually commuting 4,743 miles roundtrip from my home to brick and mortar businesses, to have personal services fulfilled on Saturdays.
What can I do with an extra 141 annual hours? Not including preparation time, I can spend more time with friends, reading books or take a vacation.
I was annoyed that numerous niche service apps existed, however none of them offered options to personalize the specific daily needs of each consumer. United States (U.S.) Census Bureau Statistics state that 221 million U.S. residents solicit consumer services from brick and mortar establishments. Based on these facts, one can infer that people must rearrange their daily routines to accommodate the typical business hours of these service providers. In actuality, with limited time on the weekend, it is challenging to accomplish all of one’s personal “extras” during the typical hours that establishments are open on Saturdays and Sundays.
Therefore, I designed PORTEIRO - A Lifestyle Convenience App, to help mitigate the issues that arose for me during the limited time I had to take care of my personal needs on the weekends. Additionally, I obtained “Patent Pending” status from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for Method and Apparatus for Delivery of Services and have been granted a foreign filing license.
COVID-19 has negatively impacted small businesses, however, PORTEIRO – A Lifestyle Convenience App, creates an opportunity to meet consumer needs while helping to increase the number of customers utilizing small businesses. This is the reason we decided to launch now.
While executing my entrepreneurial dreams as a Black Founder of a technology company, I recognize that my company and efforts serve a bigger purpose than just selling customers a product.
Our vision is “Connecting consumers and service providers to transact anytime, anywhere, while generating a societal impact.” PORTEIRO will have a positive social impact and make contributions to local community non-profit organizations and individuals from service transactions. Our Simple.Loveable.Complete version, which will be available in January 2021, will enable users to donate to local non-profit organizations and we will contribute a percentage of revenue to the same organization. If a user does not contribute after a service transaction, PORTEIRO will donate to partnering local non-profit organizations.
Helping those in need is paramount to both myself and the team. PORTEIRO will directly impact customers and the Black Community’s economic ability to create the change we need right now.
The mission of PORTEIRO is simple...“SIMPLIFY the services experience for CUSTOMERS!”
I hope that PORTEIRO will simplify your personal services experience by becoming the liaison, or concierge in your life & giving you what you need, when you need it.
So far, we have developed the mobile marketplace app for publishing in the App Store for iOS devices, with a launch date of our minimal viable product by October 1, 2020.
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