Tux on Trux: USC students' work-from-home business
The three founders of Tux on Trux, Jonathan Peterson, Parker Moore and Jon Rice.
Customers order their tux on Tuxontrux.com and then it's delievered to Moore's apartment.
By Avery Bofinger
USC senior Parker Moore and two friends founded Tux on Trux, a unique company that makes renting a tuxedo more convenient and less expensive.
Now, Moore's apartment isn't your typical college apartment. Boxes and racks of tuxedos take the place of chairs and couches.
Moore said he came up with the idea in high school after having to travel so far to rent a tux for prom.
"What if we had a tuxedo rental place that came to us out here, we could just call it Tux on Trux and then the name just kind of came to me with that. I thought it was just kind of silly to be honest at first, but it always kind of stuck with me," Moore said.
Moore and his two business partners, Jonathan Peterson and Jon Rice, entered the idea in Google's Start Up Weekend competition in November.
"As the story goes, in three months we went from idea to launch to break even and now profit," Moore said.
Customers place their order online then Parker and his partners rent the tux from suppliers. The customers then can pick up their tuxedos right from Moore's apartment. Without the funds to buy a truck however, it's more like tux out of an apartment.
Two time customer Brendan O'Brien had two formals in one weekend and chose to rent from Tux on Trux because of its low prices and convenience.
"I didn't want to go to a Men's Warehouse and rent out a very expensive tux two weeks back to back," O'Brien said.
Chief Financial Officer Jon Rice is proud of how far the business has come.
"There is a definition of a start up, if you break even you're successful. We were kind of expecting that even if we didn't break even we were very happy we did it. We were hopeful and we did it," Rice said.