ParkMe Co-Founder and COO Alex Israel Running for IPI Board of Directors

Our very own Alex Israel is running for the International Parking Institute’s Board of Directors and he needs your help!

As cofounder and COO of ParkMe, Alex brings years of experience with parking and mobile technology to the IPI.  He helped lead our company from a small tech startup of five employees to a bustling leader in the parking and mobile industries with over thirty employees and millions of users.  He has been a staunch advocate for the parking industry and has sought to implement technologies capable of transforming the way we think about parking, through improving operational facilities and customer experiences, growing profits for garage owners while saving consumers money.

Alex’s background as an experienced executive, particularly one that has worked in growing a startup company into a parking industry leader will bring new and fresh approaches to the core mission of the IPI.  His extensive background in parking technology will contribute to the continued success and growth of this organization in innovative ways, and help keep the organization current in the face of ever-changing parking technologies.

All we ask for is your vote. If you are a current member of IPI, Please vote for Alex in the current election. Vote by Wednesday, April 16, 2014 using your IPI member ID number at

Thank you.

ParkMe Simplifies Intergalactic Parking With New Space Dock Reservation Capability

ParkMe, the leading provider of parking information and reservations on Planet Earth, today announces a revolutionary way to dock at all of the galaxy’s increasingly busy space stations, ensuring all travelers a seamless and affordable way to park their spaceships. With a wide expansion of space travel forecasted in the next decade, ParkMe recognizes that space docking will be a major issue in the very near future.

Space exploration organizations have thrown their considerable weight behind startups to help solve the problem of space docking. With the launch of ParkMe’s new technology, the galactic community will never again worry about circling the galaxy looking for a space to park.

“We’ve worked very hard here on our home planet to make parking easier for the world, and we’re excited to now start setting our sights on the galaxy,” ParkMe CEO Sam Friedman said. “It’s a thrill to be offering these prestigious companies an opportunity to improve transit for humans going into space.”

It’s projected that space traffic will hit its peak by mid-2042, making ParkMe’s new space parking technology a welcome relief for weary space travelers. The reservation system will go into immediate effect at every one of the Earth’s extra-orbital docking stations, and it’s set to expand beyond Mars by summer.

To reserve your space, go to:


ParkMe Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – ParkMe, the online parking reservations platform and leading provider of real-time parking information to websites, apps, navigation systems and auto manufactures, has expanded its executive team with the appointment of its new CFO, Daniel Yukelson to help oversee ParkMe’s financial operations and growth.

Yukelson joins ParkMe’s executive team after several years of working in corporate finance. Starting as an auditor and consultant for Ernst and Young, Yukelson eventually joined Premiere Radio Networks, a subsidiary of Clear Channel Media + Entertainment, where he served as its Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer for nearly 15 years.

This CFO announcement follows the recent news that Serge Gojkovich joined ParkMe as Chief Marketing Officer. Gojkovich previously served as the Vice President of Marketing for Grindr, the highly popular social application with over 7 million users worldwide.

“We’re excited to add Dan’s exceptional background and leadership skills to ParkMe’s executive team,” says CEO Sam Friedman. “His track record speaks for itself. Both he and Serge will undoubtedly be tremendous assets towards our overall goal of making parking discovery easy, reliable and guaranteed.”

ParkMe Founder Sam Friedman to Speak at South By Southwest!

ParkMe founder Sam Friedman will be speaking at the Smart Transportation Future: Mobile & Big Data panel at South by Southwest. Next Monday, March 10th from 5:00pm-6:00pm Central Time!  With automotive, traffic and parking data becoming more open and big data now more prevalent, the acceleration of new technology and apps are engaging users in their cars in a much more meaningful way. Studies have shown that urban traffic and parking are directly related.

Many cities are realizing this and are dedicating their efforts to using evolving technologies to reduce traffic congestion and pollution issues. Many U.S. cities are beginning to recognize the need to make parking smarter and acting on this need via emerging technologies and infrastructure. For example, new innovations now deliver live parking data to customers,  including heat maps that can show drivers available parking on a block-by-block basis.

Hosted by ParkMe co-founder, Sam Friedman, the panel will explore the latest trends and innovations enabling transportation to be more efficient and eco-friendly.  Make sure you check it out if you’re at the show!  The panel will take place at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom rooms 1-4 at 208 Barton Springs Rd.

For live panel updates throughout South By Southwest, search for #ParkMeSXSW on Twitter!

Introducing Our New and Improved Web Map!

Screen shot 2014 03 03 at 3.32.10 PM Introducing Our New and Improved Web Map!We’ve been busy as of late making updates to all our products and services. Today we are delighted to unveil our newly renovated ParkMe Web Map to you!

Toggling between lots, street parking and reservable spaces has never been easier. Now you can filter your desired choices and save your reservations in one place. We’ve made it simpler to find, reserve, and pay for the cheapest parking around, and added many more reservable parking lots in places like Downtown LA and Santa Monica.

So take our new web map for a spin and send us your thoughts at It’s never been easier and quicker to find the spot that’s right for you!

Parking Reservations for the LA Marathon

In ancient Los Angeles, a young man by the name of Sandamonicus was charged with the task of bringing the Dodgers playbook for their battle against the invading Athenians from the LA Coliseum (now Dodgers Stadium) to the beach, where the great general Hollywoodites was arriving in his warship.  Halfway there, Sandamonicus was swallowed by the La Brea tar pits, which caused the Dodgers to be defeated and forced into exile in faraway Brooklyn.

Today, we honor this brave young man with the yearly LA Marathon, where participants run 26.2 miles throughout the modern city of Los Angeles from Downtown LA, through Chinatown, Hollywood, the Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, and end at the Santa Monica Pier.

If you want to avoid the modern equivalent of the tarry fate of Sandamonicus, now known as Pythagoreas’ Parking Conundrum, use ParkMe to reserve a spot along the course.  Cheer on competitors from the starting line by parking in one of our Chinatown Lots.  You can watch the runners pass by historic Grauman’s Chinese Theater if you park at one of our Hollywood Lots.  Is the Sunset Strip your viewing area of choice? Check out our lots nearby.  ParkMe also offers convenient parking in Beverly Hills and West LA!  However, all of the real action at the LA Marathon is going to be happening at the Finish Line! ParkMe offers you bunch of reservable lots throughout Santa Monica so you can get in and out quickly and avoid the traffic and closed roads.

ParkMe would like to wish all the LA Marathoners good luck and a safe run!


ParkMe Offers Free Parking Throughout LA!

ParkMe is offering free parking at a few locations in Los Angeles! That’s right, we are offering our users a one-time promo code for usage at a bunch of conveniently located lots in Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Downtown LA. If you want to catch some sun by the pier in SM, just type in EMAILSM on our Santa Monica page. The bars and restaurants in West Hollywood are more your style? Type EMAILWH on our West Hollywood page. Tickets to a concert or Lakers game? Use promo code LAEMAIL on our LA Live Page. No, you don’t have to thank us, this is just our way of saying “WE LOVE LA!”