Taskbob, a Mumbai-based on-demand home and services startup, has acquired Bangalore based Zepper, which offers services similar to Taskbob, for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition is a merger of assets deal and Zepper will shut down its services. Zepper was founded by Akash Goel, Zia Arif and Danish Arif in October last year.
This acquisition will allow Taskbob to expand into Bangalore in a month with 300 servicemen and supposedly 2,500 customers, and offer house cleaning, pest control, carpentry and packing and moving etc services. It is looking at scaling Bangalore operations to 1,000 orders daily in the next 6-9 months. In Mumbai, it claims to do 700 orders daily, with a majority of orders for home cleaning and driver services.
In April, TaskBob raised $1.2 million in funding led by Orios Venture Partners, with participation from Mayfield Fund, to expand to other parts of Mumbai. At that time, it was serving only the Powai suburb in the metro, and also claimed to offer money back to dissatisfied customers. At that time the service was app only on Android and iOS but now seems to have started taking orders on the website as well.
Competition in the services marketplace includes:
– Late last month, online classifieds site Quikr has launched QuikrServices, a vertical which will focus on the unorganised sector of service providers in the country, to provide access to buying, rental and leasing across home, travel, financial, health, fitness, beauty and events services.
– Last month, Bangalore-based Lookup raised $2.5 million in funding led by Khosla Impact and participation from Catamaran Ventures, Global Founder Capital and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.
– In September, online directory services platform JustDial launched the new version of its Search Plus app which integrates 24 services.
– In August, Services marketplace LocalOye launched 12 India-wide services under its ‘Pan India Online Service Category’ to include online astrology, fitness, legal, depression, career and relationship counselling and consulting. The company, which went mobile only in April, seemed to have changed its mind and was available on desktop again.
– In the same month, BookMeIn, an online marketplace which lets users book hyperlocal services, raised angel funding worth $377,000 from Ajmera Group of Companies for category and geographical expansion.
– In June, Mobile services marketplace UrbanClap raised $10 million in a round of funding from existing investors Accel Partners and SAIF.
– Mumbai based errand-running and same-day delivery service GetMyPeon expanded its operations to Thane and Vashi and started accepting orders via WhatsApp and Twitter.
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