Startup charges ahead with new funding, HQ and milestone record

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We’ve all been through the nuisance — horror, really — of having our phones die while we are out and about. Local startup ChargeItSpot is out to tackle that problem with its retail phone charging kiosks.

ChargeItSpot was incorporated in 2011. It was born when Douglas Baldasare, the company’s founder and CEO, was a second-year MBA student at the University of Pennsylvania. It’s surely grown since its original lock-and-key concept that was at one time only offered at a handful of local restaurants and stores. (You can still see an old version of ChargeItSpot at Han Dynasty in Old City.)

ChargeItSpot, which can be eyed in Urban OutfittersWhole Foods, Five Below, Belk and Bergdorf Goodman, to name a few, now has a “smart screen,” Baldasare, 31, said. Users simply press “start charging” and are prompted to insert their 10-digit phone number, which will be their lock code.

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