Courtney & Tye Caldwell
In February 2016, Tye & Courtney Caldwell launched @Shearshare, an app that connects salon + barbershop owners to cosmetologists to fill unused salon suites and booths on a temporary basis.
“After we expanded our salon in Dallas, we found that stylists didn’t want to follow the industry standard and commit to one location long-term. Around this same time, we started receiving requests from out-of-state and local hair and makeup professionals to lease our space for just 2-3 days at a time. That’s when ShearShare was born. We chose to make money on our excess inventory on a temporary basis versus letting our suites and booths lie dormant.
Salon and barbershop owners make money on excess inventory. Cosmetologists lease suites and booths by the day. In just six weeks post-launch, ShearShare now has listings in eight countries and 40 cities! It was named a “10 Unique Black Women-Owned Tech Startups” by Black Enterprise magazine and the only Texas startup to exhibit at the 2016 Startup Grind Global Conference.
What is it that makes you unique?
We’re the Airbnb of beauty. Most beauty apps in the market either organize a stylist’s schedule or bring the service provider to the end consumer. No one else is tapping into the B2B aspect of salon management.ShearShare is the only app that matches individual stylists looking for temporary salon space with a salon’s excess capacity. We understand that the next generation of stylists—the millennials—wants access over ownership, co-op over competition.
Were there any obstacles you faced early on?
When we first shared the idea with startup advisors, 99% cautioned that we needed a technical cofounder in order to build the app. But we didn’t let that stop us. We were introduced to design and development firm West Agile Labs to help bring our vision to life. They serve as our technical arm to this day!