Services marketplace LocalOye has launched 12 India-wide services under its ‘Pan India Online Service Category’. These services include online astrology, fitness, legal, depression, career and relationship counselling and consulting. LocalOye claims to have over 100 certified and verified partners who will be able to service 600 requests daily. As of now, this category seems app only. It has also appointed Bharati Balakrishnan as the Chief Business Officer.
It claims that from 200 service requests every day in April, it has scaled to 3,500 requests daily in August. LocalOye will also invest in technology and onboarding partners. It saw high traffic from Tier I and II cities for these online services and the company plans to launch 10 more online services in the next 3 months.
Last month, we reported that LocalOye, which went mobile only in April, seemed to have changed its mind and was available on desktop again. The company had previously said that around half of its 20,000 customers came from the mobile app organically, without advertisement. However, it looks like the startup underestimated the influence web/desktop users had on its traffic, and went to reinstate its desktop website.
Interestingly, the roll out wasn’t a complete roll out as such. Not all services bookable via its app could be booked on the website. As of now, the website offers 13 services, including AC repair, fridge repair, pest control, tiffin services, beauty at home etc., while the app features an additional 30 services. The app also lets users track a hired expert’s status in real time, support via chat, and check an expert’s detailed profiles.
In April the platform had raised $5 million in a series A round of funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners and Tiger Global Management. The company had said then it would use the funds to scale its business to other cities including Bangalore, Delhi NCR and Noida and expand to more service categories.
– Earlier this week, Timesaverz, a marketplace for on demand home services, raised Series A funding worth $2.2 million from Unilazer Ventures. The company plans to use the money for market and services expansion.
– This week, BookMeIn, an online marketplace which lets users book hyperlocal services, has raised angel funding worth $377,000 from Ajmera Group of Companies. The startup will use the money towards category and geographical expansion.
– Last month, Zimmber, a hyperlocal home solutions company, 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.
– In June, Mobile services marketplace UrbanClap raised $10 million in a round of funding from existing investors Accel Partners and SAIF. The company planned to use the funding for scaling its platform, hiring and to expand to at least 15 cities by the end of the year.
– In April, e-learning marketplace ThinkVidya.com rebranded toUrbanPro.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).