Not every service needs to be an on-demand service

Our Marketplace Obsession And Bubble

Service marketplaces have recently become Silicon Valley darlings. The marketplace model has been a popular way for VCs to efficiently tap into the local economies at scale, specifically the $800 bill

The ‘Do It When I Want Economy’ Is Here To Stay

The public discourse about the “on-demand” economy gets a D+. Wherever I turn, whether it’s the Economist, New York Times, TechCrunch, ReCode, Forbes, Washington Post or Business Insider, journa

Politicized “Gig Economy” May Make Changing Status Quo More Difficult

The so-called “sharing economy,” which some affectionately (or pejoratively) describe as the “gig economy,” is becoming a highly politicized issue in the 2016 presidential election. As the “

Why Homejoy Failed … And The Future Of The On-Demand Economy

On the heels of Homejoy’s failure, the fundamental “on-demand marketplace” model has come into question by investors, the media and even consumers. That questioning is very relevant, as there ha

Homejoy Is Shutting Down At The End Of The Month

On-demand house cleaning service Homejoy is shutting down, after talks of an acquisition by its biggest competitor and a failure to raise enough money to keep things moving.

Handy In Talks To Acquire Homejoy As Home Service Startups Consolidate

As more startups rush into the business of providing on-demand services for our every consumer need, we’re also seeing an inevitable move to some consolidation. In the latest development, Handy

Following Canada, Homejoy Also “Pauses” Operations In France

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.homejoy.com/">Homejoy</a>, the U.S. domestic cleaning startup that's <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2013/12/05/homejoy-38-m/">backed</a> by the likes of Google Ven

Homejoy Says It Will “Pause” Operations In Canada

Home cleaning startup <a target="_blank" href="http://www.homejoy.com">Homejoy</a> plans to halt operations in Canada within a couple of weeks, though the company says this is only temporary. We we

Homejoy Officially Moves Beyond Cleaning With Launch Of Handyman Services In The Bay Area

In its first big move beyond home cleaning, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.homejoy.com">Homejoy</a> is adding carpet cleaning and general handyman services to its offerings in the Bay Area. Co

The Ultimate Vision For Homejoy Is Not Just Cleaning, According To CEO Adora Cheung

Homejoy has been providing cleaning services over the last few years, but it's hoping to expand into several other verticals. Today at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe, co-founder and CEO Adora Cheung said t

Homejoy’s Adora Cheung Will Discuss Home Cleaning And Global Growth At Disrupt Europe

Adora Cheung, co-founder and CEO of home-cleaning startup Homejoy, will be joining us onstage at Disrupt Europe. The company makes it easy to schedule home cleanings online and at a relatively affo

Cleaning Startup Homejoy Launches Its First iPhone App

Two years after <a target="_blank" href="https://www.homejoy.com">Homejoy</a> first <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2012/10/16/pathjoy-launch/">launched its home cleaning service</a>, the startup is r

Homejoy Expands Beyond Cleaning With Beta Test Of Home Services

When Homejoy raised its $38 million round of funding last December, the company did so with a plan to move beyond just offering cleaning services to its customers. It’s starting to make good on

Airbnb Drops Homejoy From Cleaning Trial, Handybook Remains On In Three Test Markets

Airbnb's cleaning trial began in San Francisco, and over time expanded to New York and Los Angeles. Those were three markets that both Homejoy and Handybook operated in. Now, Handybook will handle cle

Home Cleaning Startup Homejoy Acquires, Shuts Down Competitor Get Maid

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.homejoy.com">Homejoy</a> just announced its first acquisition — New York-based "Uber for maids" startup <a target="_blank" href="http://getmaid.com">Get Maid</a>.

UK Home Cleaning Startup Housekeep Raises $1M To Take On Hassle, Homejoy, Mopp And Others

The UK home cleaning market continues to lather up. Hot on the heels of <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2014/05/08/i-love-it-when-a-pivot-comes-together/">Hassle.com's $6 million fund-raise</a> from A

European Home Cleaning Market About To Get Messy After Hassle.com Raises $6M From Accel

Home cleaning startup Hassle.com has closed a $6 million Series A from <a target="_blank" href="http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/accel-partners">Accel Partners</a>. Money it plans to use to expa

Cleaning Startup Homejoy Opens An Office In New York City

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.homejoy.com">Homejoy</a> offers its home cleaning services in <a target="_blank" href="https://www.homejoy.com/cities">more than 30 North American markets</a>, but

Homejoy Raises $38M As It Looks To Expand Beyond Home Cleaning

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.homejoy.com">Homejoy</a>, a startup that makes it easy and relatively affordable ($20 an hour) to sign up for a home cleaning, is announcing that it has raised $38
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