SkillSlate

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SkillSlate
Type Private
Founded 2009
Headquarters New York City, United States
Area served NYC area
Key people Bartek Ringwelski
Brian Rothenberg[1]
Mike Nelson
Employees 7
Website http://www.skillslate.com/
Type of site Classifieds
Advertising None
Registration Optional
Available in English
Launched 2009
Current status Acquired by TaskRabbit

SkillSlate or SkillSlate.com is a New York City-based start–up firm with the purpose of matching up individual service providers with customers via the Internet.[2][3] The firm raised $1.1 million in capital in October 2010 with investments from Canaan Partners and First Round Capital.[2][4][5] It helps small individual service providers, such as dog walkers, DJs, handymen, tutors and movers, market themselves on the web as well as help customers find them. According to a website description, SkillSlate helps the pages of service providers surface more prominently in search engine results. At present SkillSlate serves the New York metropolitan area but there are plans to roll out service nationally.[2] Competitors include Craigslist, Geotoko, FoundTown, Closely, Proposable, Resource Nation, Flowtown, Buzzuka, Spoke, GoBuzz, Traindom, Hooray, Thumbtack, and others, as well as classified advertising in newspapers. According to Fortune Magazine, the idea for the site was conceived by venture capitalist Barkek Ringwelski while working at Canaan Partners when he found he could not find a cleaning person; he raised $50,000 from family and friends in May 2009 and launched the firm.[6]

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  1. ^ Ramon Nuez (interviewer) Brian Rothenberg (interviewee) (February 22, 2011). "Video Interview: Brian Rothenberg of SkillSlate". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2010-02-22. I was impressed with the pitch and appreciated the simplicity of the SkillSlate site. 
  2. ^ a b c By CODY BARBIERRI of VentureBeat (October 20, 2010). "SkillSlate Grabs $1.1M to Find Local Service Providers". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-12. SkillSlate, a website for easily finding local service providers such as dog walkers, DJs and movers, today announced it has secured a first funding round of $1.1 million. The company plans on using the funds to expand the service outside of the New York area and add more work categories. 
  3. ^ Katie Colaneri of The Jersey Journal (http://www.nj.com/hobokennow/index.ssf/2010/09/two_spots_left_for_hoboken_tec.html). "Hoboken Tech Meet-Up joins forces with Stevens for next event". Newark Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2010-11-12. SkillSlate.com is a new tool for small businesses and local people who provide a myriad of services to get the word out to their communities.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ http://www.firstround.com/portfolio/company/skillslate/
  5. ^ "SkillSlate Raises $1.1 Million of Series A Funding". Venture Capital Update. October 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-12. SkillSlate, a New York-based online directory of skilled workers such as tutors, cleaners, dog walkers and the likes based in the locality has raised a Series A financing of $1.1 Million. The funding came from the CEO’s former company Canaan Partners. SkillSlate was founded by Bartek Ringwelski ... 
  6. ^ Jill Priluck (December 8, 2010). "The founder's life for young VCs". CNN-Money-Fortune Magazine. Retrieved 2010-12-07. In early 2009, Bartek Ringwelski was spending his days In May of this year, after raising $50,000 from friends and family, Ringwelski launched SkillSlate, ... 

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