Member Profile: YACHTNEEDS December 22, 2016
A little over two years ago, Tony Stout arrived in a tiny port between Italy and France and had a mere 30 minutes to obtain provisions before guests were due to arrive onboard. In a strange place with limited time, Tony began frantically searching the internet trying to find a local supermarket and thought, “There’s got to be an easier way!”
So, along with a partner who has a background in start-ups, Tony launched YACHTNEEDS as a resource directory for crew that now puts 24,000 businesses from 600 ports in the palm of their hands. In addition to locating grocers, florists, parts shops, and services by simply walking off the back of the boat, crew can use the app to find anything from entertainment options to crew-favorite bars, and even five-star restaurants for guests.
Before serving as First Mate Officer on his last boat, a 49-meter Trinity called Zoom Zoom Zoom, Tony applied his graphic design training while working for Google in New Zealand, where he’s from, and Yahoo.com/UK. With the development of YACHTNEEDS, he’s married his understanding of, literally, everything a yacht needs and his technology experience to put geo-positioned ports-of-call resources in the pockets of crew everywhere.
After the app had been operational for about six months, YACHTNEEDS added a chat feature that allows crew-to-crew communication. Laughingly referred to as “the Tinder of yachting”, this feature allows crew to ask each other questions, plan get-togethers, and share information. Now, with a goal of adding additional features approximately every 45-days, YACHTNEEDS has a day-working option that connects captains with local crew who are available for work, and a job search function where crew can post a video C.V. and search hundreds of jobs with one touch.
Based in Monaco, with a presence in France, Spain, Italy, Greece, and the U.S., YACHTNEEDS’ staff of 17 app and web developers, data analysts, and sales representatives are growing the company, fine-tuning developments, and converting to an advanced website.
At 33-years old, Tony has big plans to continue growing YACHTNEEDS, especially in the American market. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s very exciting,” he said.