BizBox Creator Sees Community Renewal Possibilities

BizBox Creator Sees Community Renewal Possibilities

Innovative, mobile, solar-powered unit could entice more face-to-face discourse, says Charles Sidi

Charles Sidi says he can see the new mobile, solar-powered, office-sized unit he's created helping to build renewed and thriving local and global communities.

Charles is the founder and president of BizBox, a Phoenix, Arizona-based company about two months into its selling cycle and already facing overwhelming interest.

  Charles Sidi

He and others are seeing uses for the unit he never originally dreamed of, among those this idea of using them to entice (local) communities to get back to face-to-face discourse, and encourage people to trade again.

"We like to say BizBox is the bit between the click and the brick, between the Internet and the brick and mortar" of traditional buildings, Charles tells Axiom News.

He envisions creating farmer's market-like set-ups on land that can't be used for anything else.

"People can go in, have ownership for their own BizBox, they can create a buzz, they can create excitement in an environmental way, because this is a solar-powered building," says Charles.

"And if we do this in infilled space, not in new land, but in infilled space, we can create thriving, local communities."

He also envisions the units offering solutions in disaster relief situations. They can provide spaces for mobile medical services, or be booths offering information and connection to the rest of the world through their solar-powered satellite set-up.

There's also interest in using the unit as "completely different, interactive, innovative way of teaching kids." For instance, a museum is considering doing school and community outreach through the units.

And those are just some of the potential uses around community renewal. There's a whole other side of opportunity around business transformation as well, says Charles.

For him, the idea of the product being of world benefit and much beyond just a profit maximizer aligns completely with his original vision for the company.

"One of our core values of the company is for BizBox is for it to actually mean something," says Charles, noting he's never been driven by money in his work.

"What my focus has always been is growing a business and creating things that people can engage with and become excited by whether it's a building I've built, an award winning building, whatever its been, its not been driven by money," says Charles. He adds the "antithesis" of that has been the money has in fact come "because we've created something great."

Charles has been honoured by recognition from one news company citing his creation as something they'd expect to have come from the company Apple.

As someone who has long considered Steve Jobs a visionary worth emulating, having that kind of accolade "was an amazing full circle," says Charles.

Steve created what he called "insanely great products that excited, inspired and connected people," and by all accounts that's what this BizBox unit is setting out to be and do as well, says Charles.

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