zimmber

Zimmber, a hyperlocal home solutions company, has raised pre Series A funding worth $2 million from IDG ventures and Omidyar Networks, with participation from Ram Shriram, founding board member of Google through Sherpalo Ventures, TV Mohandas Pai, Chairman of Manipal Global Education and ex-Member of Board of Directors of Infosys through Aarin Capital.

The company will use the funds to add more service categories, develop its technology and expand to Tier I, II and III cities (37 new cities) by early 2016. It also recently appointed Siddhartha Srivastava as its chief product officer.

Previous funding and Dhulai acquisition: Last month, Zimmber had raised funding worth $400,000 from investors including Naveen Tiwari, Mohit Saxena and Amit Gupta (all cofounders of InMobi), Piyush Shah, the chief product officer at InMobi and Manish Dugar. At the time, the company had said that it would use the funds to expand to Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and other Tier II and III cities. Zimmber had also acqui-hired Mumbai based laundry service Dhulai. The acquisition, Zimmber claimed, would help Zimmber streamline its supply side.

In January this year, Zimmber had raised an undisclosed amount in funding from Praveen Sinha, the India head of Jabong, and an unnamed senior executive from Godrej Group. Zimmber currently operates in Delhi, Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Pune and Gurgaon.

Zimmber was founded by Anubha Goel, Gaurav Shrivastava and Amit Kumar. The company provides services like home painting, electrical, AC, plumbing, carpentry, home cleaning, mason, upholstery cleaning and carpet cleaning and claims to have partnerships with over 400 service providers. According to the company, its laundry and driver on demand services are seeing high traction in the last few weeks.

Competition:

– Last week, we wrote that services marketplace LocalOye, which went mobile only back in April, seems to have changed its mind and is available on desktop again.

– In June, we reported that Justdial was looking to enter delivery business and on-demand services business.

– In April, e-learning marketplace ThinkVidya.com rebranded to UrbanPro.com, and pivoted to become a services marketplace. UrbanPro offered the services of tutors and training institutes for students across middle school, high school, graduation and post graduation, as well as tutors for competitive exam preparations and IT classes among others.

– In the same month, Mumbai-based on-demand home and services startup TaskBob raised $1.2 million in funding led by Orios Venture Partners, with participation from Mayfield Fund. The startup planned to use the funds to expand to other parts of Mumbai.

– Mumbai based errand-running and same-day delivery service GetMyPeon expanded its operations to Thane and Vashi. The company also started accepting orders via WhatsApp and Twitter. GetMyPeon expects to expand to Pune and Bangalore as well, in the later part of this year, though no specific timeline has been mentioned.

– In February, Home services marketplace Timesaverz launched a suite of mobile applications for both consumers and its service partners. The company said that the service partner mobile app was then installed across 1000 service agents’ devices in Mumbai and Pune, the two cities that the company operates in.

– In December last year, Wirkle co-founder Sunil Goyal launched a services marketplace called Near.in. Then, the marketplace was limited to service providers from Gurgaon across categories like Home Needs (home services, architects & interior designers) Health & Wellness (dieticians, physiotherapists and zumba classes) and Events (photographers, makeup artists, tattoo artists, event planners).