Molly Seeley put a patent on possibly the final frontier for web-based
conveniences: self-storage. By Dana Johnson
Remote access to
includes images of
items stored in a
storage unit assigned
to a customer.
Inventors: Molly and
Molly Seeley was pregnant with her second child
when the time came to dig out her maternity clothes from her first
pregnancy. Her husband, David Seeley, owns the Minneapolisbased self-storage franchise Local Motion; therefore the Seeleys
have a lot of items in storage, including maternity clothes.
When items became difficult to find in their multiple storage units,
Molly would joke that David was her stuff
But apparently the maternity clothes were the last straw (they
found until the child was years old). Molly saw a way to
refine her business and invented Cyber Space.
The concept is simple that the patent office had a
hard time believing that nobody had patented it yet (it took Molly
five years to get the patent): A customer goes to
Local Motion to rent a storage pod. The comusing a Cyber
pany brings the pod to the home. That
person fills up the pod with their stuff. And
in Local Motion
then the pod is brought to the Local Motion
warehouse for storage.
Cyber Space adds one vital and ridiculously
convenient step to that process: When customers fill up their respective pods, they use a Cyber Space digital camera to take photos
of each of the items they put in their pods. Cyber Space then puts
each of those photos online, onto a page that is accessible only to
the customer via their website, cyberspacestorage.com. Custom-
photo by Emily J. Davis