Home services marketplace Timesaverz has launched a suite of mobile applications for both consumers and its service partners. The company also says that the service partner mobile app is now installed across 1000+ service agents’ devices in Mumbai and Pune, the two cities that the company operates in.
Launched in 2013 in Mumbai, Timesaverz enables consumers hire people for household chores like pest control, car cleaning, sofa cleaning, bill payment, house cleaning, baby sitting, plumbing services and running personal errands among others. Timesaverz also says that it has grown its range of services from 6 to 40 different categories.
Timesaverz.com has secured seed funding from a group of angel investors led by angel investor Neville Taraporewalla and GSF Accelerator founder Rajesh Sawhney. Other angel investors include eTailing India founder Ashish Jhalani, ex-Digital Business Head at Sony Entertainment Nitesh Kripalani, Indiamart founder Dinesh Agarwal and Saffronart COO Nish Bhutani.
Timesaverz’s biggest competition is currently JustDial which also has an entire section for home services. JustDial also has presence in almost every major city in India and is also looking to release a “Master App” which combines all the services and products into a single platform and is expected to go live on March 31.
Mumbai-based LocalOye, whose investors include MakeMyTrip co-founder Sachin Bhatia and India Value Fund’s Haresh Chawla, also works on a similar model as Timesaverz. LocalOye says that it has more than 250 categories and plans to reach about 500 categories by the end of March. The company also says that it works with 4,000 merchants. and has had over one lakh customers since the launch of its local services in September 2013. It also has an Android app but however it runs only on Android version 4.4 and above. The company also has a merchant app which allows merchants to accept or reject leads which are sent to them. The chat feature is also being integrated here which will allow the merchants to respond to the customers chat requests.
Gurgaon-based Near.in has raised Rs 1.8 crore from a series of individual investors including Manish Vij of SVG Media and Anupam Mittal of Shaadi.com. Near.in’s service providers are then thoroughly vetted by their in-house team through calls, visits to their offices/stores, clicking pictures & capturing prices before they are listed on the site. They are also vetted through Aadhaar verification.
Similarly there are several services marketplaces in India focused on particular verticals, like event management solutions marketplace Explara, relocation service providers marketplace RelocateXP & EZMove.
Update: LocalOye provided additional information on their investors and updated numbers on their merchants, customers and categories. The update reflects the same.