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Dublin entrepreneur bags €22m for web startup

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

An Irish entrepreneur has raised $30m (€22m) in funding for what is being described as the ‘Airbnb of home handyman services’.

Dubliner Oisin Hanrahan has landed the huge round of investment for the company he co-founded, Handybook.

Handybook is an online service where people can book a cleaner, plumber or general handyman quickly at an agreed price.

Hanrahan said that they would use the money to keep building the company out.

“We have 140 people in the team today and we’ll probably scale that a little more,” he told Independent.ie. “We’ll double the size of our mobile team as we’re seeing more people move toward mobile than ever before.”

Hanrahan said that the strength of the business model was its simplicity.

“It’s as simple as Hailo or Uber,” he said. “The only other way to do this is to respond to ads on Craigslist or similar services.”

He said that the service has been jumped on by handymen and tradesmen.

“For the handyman, you just claim the job,” he said. “It’s like an ATM in your pocket. We’ve got thousands of handymen using the service now.”

Although currently only available in the US and Canada, Hanrahan said that a move to European cities, including Dublin, was a logical step in the future.

“We think this is a service that is applicable in most major services in the world,” he said. “It’s not US restricted. We’ll look at other cities in time. But right now we don’t really need to add lots more cities to grow the company. We’re growing 10pc week over week and are now seven times bigger than we were at the beginning of the year.”

Having formerly helped to run the Dublin-based service miCandidate, Hanrahan left Harvard Business School after just a year to start the company with co-founder Umang Dua. The startup bagged €7m in funding late last year, bringing its combined financial backing to $42m (€29m) in just two years. It now employs 130 people.

Hanrahan, a TCD economics graduate, worked in real estate in Eastern Europe before working on startups with Paddy Cosgrave, the founder of Dublin’s Web Summit. He also worked in venture capital with Accel Partners in London.

- See more at: http://www.independent.ie/business/technology/news/dublin-entrepreneur-bags-22m-for-web-startup-30347238.html#sthash.MzQb3qML.dpuf

 

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James Caan recommends a Professional Business Address

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

In a recent article called “The Eight Rules of Success to Think About Every Morning”, James Caan (of Dragons den fame) recommends a professional business address to all startups.

 

5. Build a brand

When I set up my first firm, the first thing I did was to go out and rent an office in the best part of London, as an address in Mayfair is great to put on a business card. The actual room itself was tiny and windowless, but nobody knew this as I arranged for meetings to take place away from the office. When it comes to doing business, building a brand and a good reputation is vital. Once you have done this, you will find things a lot easier, as most of us prefer to deal with people or companies that are recognised and trusted.

 

Full article on:
http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130813104917-32175171-the-eight-rules-of-success-to-think-about-every-morning?trk=tod-home-art-large_0

 

Startups can project a Professional Image from day 1.

Monday, May 6th, 2013

In today’s climate, your company’s identity and brand have never been more important.

The image we portray sends an important message to our clients, and this is especially critical for start-ups.

First impressions are so important.

Your business logo, your website, promotional materials are all part of projecting a professional image.  Having a Dublin city address will also support this image.  A Dublin headquarters perhaps ?

You can focus on your business, and your phone can be answered professionally.  Your post will be handled and forwarded to you, wherever you are.  You can meet clients in our meeting room – just book it by the hour.  Everyone will think that this is your office.

As a startup, you can be instantly projecting a professional image from day 1.  And if your business grows, you can consider one of our offices in the future – that way, you won’t have to change your business address.

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