Handybook Raises $2 Million From Highland Capital and General Catalyst

Posted Oct 17, 2012

Handybook is a start up that launched out of the Innovation Lab at Harvard.  The company allows users to book professional home services like handymen, cleaners, electricians, etc — sort of like Angie’s List.  Handybook has raised $2 million in funding from Highland Capital Partners and General Catalyst.

The services are not peer-to-peer and professionals are contacted with a fixed price and instant confirmation.  The transaction can be completed in 90 seconds.  Since the website received immediate traction, Oisin Hanrahan and his co-founder dropped out of Harvard Business School to build the website.

?The way people are forced to book and schedule home services every day just doesn?t work ? it is really slow and clunky and requires so many phone calls, emails and text messages. We are drowning in technology that allows us to solve the problem of booking and scheduling services. Why aren?t we using it?? said Hanrahan in an interview with TechCrunch.

The website currently has 100 professional cleaners and handymen on their platform in New York and Boston.  They will be adding more capacity to the platform soon.