Thumbtack

  • Moving past “on-demand,” Paintzen launches DIY tools, instructional content

    Moving past “on-demand,” Paintzen launches DIY tools, instructional content

    Paintzen started out in early 2013 as an on-demand app to book professional painters for homes, stores and offices. Today, the company started catering to the D.I.Y. market, specifically selling supplies to those who plan to paint their own rooms. CEO and founder Mike Russell said, “We’re still a marketplace for home and office painting. When we started, the tech we built was… Read More

  • Local Services Marketplace Thumbtack Makes Its First Acquisition, The Acqui-Hire Of HeartThis

    Local Services Marketplace Thumbtack Makes Its First Acquisition, The Acqui-Hire Of HeartThis

    A year after Thumbtack raised $100 million to expand its marketplace for home services and other professional freelance jobs, the startup is making its first acquisition to beef up its engineering and product teams. It has acqui-hired talent from HeartThis, an app with 2 million users that lets consumers shop across multiples stores from a single portal. You might think that this is a… Read More

  • Our Marketplace Obsession And Bubble Crunch Network

    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 billion home services space. It’s a model that dates back to the initial concept of Yellow Pages in 1883. And it makes sense — giving homeowners a convenient way to find local… Read More

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

    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 has been an overload of VC money that has been injected in the on-demand service platform space over the past few years ($4 billion-plus in 2014). Read More

  • Service Marketplace StarOfService Takes On Thumbtack

    Service Marketplace StarOfService Takes On Thumbtack

    French startup StarOfService plans to provide a solid Thumbtack alternative for the rest of the world. To achieve this goal, StarOfService is opening its marketplace in 80 countries and just raised $1.2 million (€1.1 million) from Point Nine Capital, Kima Ventures, Oleg Tscheltzoff and other business angels. When I talked with co-founder and CEO Lucas Lambertini, he doesn’t even hide… Read More

  • Thumbtack Adds Big Name Design And Engineering Execs To Oversee Big Growth

    Thumbtack Adds Big Name Design And Engineering Execs To Oversee Big Growth

    Nearly six months after scoring an attention-grabbing funding round of $100 million, service marketplace Thumbtack has attracted two new big name executives to help oversee its ambitious growth plans for the months ahead. Thumbtack is announcing today it’s brought on former Google executive Mark Schaaf to serve as its first VP of engineering, and former Apple design director Vander… Read More

  • HeartThis Lets You Shop All Your Favorite Stores From Just One App

    HeartThis Lets You Shop All Your Favorite Stores From Just One App

    A new mobile application called HeartThis wants to make shopping across multiple retailers more convenient for smartphone users. The app, which is making its official debut later today on stage at StartX’s Demo Day, puts over 330 stores in one place, allowing you to buy from places like Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Kohl’s, J Crew, Target, and many more, as well as see if there… Read More

  • 12 Questions With The CEO Of Thumbtack, Google Capital’s New $100 Million Bet

    12 Questions With The CEO Of Thumbtack, Google Capital’s New $100 Million Bet

    In terms of Silicon Valley hype, Thumbtack has flown a bit under the radar since it was founded five years ago in 2009. But with the announcement today that it’s landed a whopping $100 million investment led by Google Capital, Thumbtack’s days of relative tech press anonymity are almost certainly over. For the uninitiated, Thumbtack is an online marketplace that helps connect all… Read More

  • Service Marketplace Thumbtack Raises $100M Round Led By Google Capital

    Service Marketplace Thumbtack Raises $100M Round Led By Google Capital

    Thumbtack, a company that connects customers with local service providers, just announced that it has raised $100 million in new funding. The round was led by Google Capital (the search giant’s later-stage investment fund), with additional investment from past backers Tiger Global Management, Sequoia Capital, and Javelin Venture Partners. Read More