You need a babysitter. It’s getting late. Your regular — and your 2 back-ups — have not responded to voicemail or texts.
It’s a scene every Westporter who has — or had — kids can relate to.
Who you gonna call?
Starting soon, no one.
You won’t need to call. There’s an app for that.
Bambino Sitters is the brainchild of Sean Greene. Last year, the California single father of 3 realized while driving around his neighborhood, worrying about a sitter for that night, that behind many doors were sitters eager for work.
He just did not know who they were. And they did not know him.
Greene’s app could be called “the Uber of babysitting.” After downloading it to your iPhone or iPad, you create a profile as “sitter” or “parent.”
If you’re a sitter, you set your own schedule and update your availability.
If you’re a parent, you sign in via Facebook. That allows you to see friends in your neighborhood — and which nearby sitters they love.
You don’t have to text 20 sitters. You just punch in “6-10 p.m., Thursday night,” and send a request to the sitters you (or your friends) like. When someone responds, it’s a match made in babysitting heaven.
The app tracks the time a sitter spends at work. All payment is done through the app too, so there’s no fishing around for money or change.
Last summer, Greene launched Bambino Sitters in Pacific Palisades. He’s since rolled it out to Santa Monica, Brentwood and several other neighborhoods.
So what — besides similar demographics — does this Southern California story have to do with Westport?
Bambino Sitters’ director of marketing is Sara Snow. She’s Greene’s friend, and former neighbor.
For the past year and a half, Snow has lived in Westport. She came East for her husband’s job. (Why Westport? Her college friend Missy Zahler lives here, and sold Snow on it.)
This area will be the first national extension of the app. It goes live here over the next few days.
Katie Hill serves as Westport’s launch director. She moved here with her husband and 3 elementary school-aged kids. She’s a natural — as both a user and an executive.
Once Westport and Fairfield County are Bambino Sitter-ized, it will be rolled out in other towns and cities nationwide.
It’s a great app for any area with anxious parents and eager sitters. In other words, almost everywhere.
But we’ve got it (almost) first.