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Zimmber, on-demand home services marketplace, raises $2 mn from IDG Venture, others

On-demand home services marketplace Zimmber has raised
$2 million in funding round 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 & ex-Member
of Board of Directors of Infosys through Aarin capital.

On-demand home services marketplace Zimmber has raised
$2 million in funding round 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 & ex-Member
of Board of Directors of Infosys through Aarin capital.

Earlier last month, Zimmber had raised $ 400,000 from
InMobi’s co-founders Naveen Tiwari, Mohit Saxena and Amit Gupta, along with
chief product officer Piyush Shah, and Manish Dugar, who were also involved in
the funding round. Prior to this, Zimmber had raised an undisclosed amount
across rounds from a group of angel investors, including, Praveen Sinha,
co-founder and managing director of online fashion retailer Jabong; Vivek
Khemka of Egon Zender; Satyam Bansal of Flipkart and Alex Kuruvilla of Conde
Nast.

Started in October 2014, by Anubhab Goel (CEO and
Co-Founder), Amit Kumar (COO and Co-Founder),Gaurav Shrivastava (CTO and
Co-Founder), Zimmber allows users to hire services across nine main categories –
home spa, laundry, AC servicing, plumbing, electrical repair services, pest
control services, painting services, carpentry services and driver-on-demand.

The company is currently present in Gurgaon, Mumbai
and Pune and will be soon expanding to NCR and Navi Mumbai. They have 400+
service providers enrolled on their platform. The Zimmber, which has a team of more
than 70 employees at present, is hiring aggressively across levels. They
recently appointed Siddhartha Shrivastva as Chief Product Office, who spent
around a decade with Aditya Birla group.

Commenting on the round, Anubhab Goel, CEO and
Co-Founder, Zimmber said, “The problem that we are trying to solve, is
basically organizing the extremely fragmented local services
marketplace. Trusting servicemen with local services is a very big problem that
the consumer faces today. Hence, by training these people, whom we call ‘Champs’
in our vocabulary, Zimmber is trying to solve the existing problem. We are
growing in all 3 spaces: city, category, and product. The funds received will
be used to add more categories, develop our technology and expand to other tier
1, 2 and 3 cities. We plan to enter 37 new cities and also expand to 20
categories by early 2016. We are growing 2X week on week and would want to
carry on that trajectory for next few months.”

Amit Kumar, COO and Co-founder said, “We are a much
focused company with strong business fundamental in place. Our motto is simple:  For customers – Make their life easy, For
employees – A place to be me, For Champs – a better life.”

Ranjith Menon, Executive Director at IDG Ventures India
said, “Local services is an unorganized market in India. This platform will
deliver a plethora of services that one needs everyday but not sure where to
find. To solve this using technology is the challenge. The mobile first
approach combined with the operational experience of the founding team is what
got us excited about the opportunity.”

A senior representative of Omidyar Network said,
“The home services industry in India is highly fragmented, unorganized and
non-standardized. Greater adoption of GPS-enabled mobile phones and the rise of
the on-demand economy allows for smart technology solutions like Zimmber to
transform the lives of home service providers, while injecting greater price
transparency, safety and better quality of service standards for consumers. We
particularly like the founders’ deep understanding of nuances in these
categories, needs of consumers and service providers and the challenges in the
space.”

Adding on, T.V. Mohandas Pai, Chairman of Manipal
Global Education and ex-Infosys said, “Local
services is an extremely large problem for consumers in India. Zimmber is
successfully trying to regulate the service quality, pricing and vendor base.
We are very happy to partner with them and hope that they become the one-stop
solution for each and every household in the country. The skill building of
India would not be complete without the assistance of business models such as
Zimmber, which create the earning opportunity to skilled resources.” 

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