Exec (errand service)

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Exec was a company based in San Francisco, United States, that provided companies and individuals access to on-demand personal assistants (for delivery, furniture assembly, research, etc.) and cleaning services.[1] Started by Justin Kan, founder of Justin.tv, in February 2012 with co-founders Daniel Kan, his brother, and Amir Ghazvinian, Exec was backed by Y Combinator and other prominent investors. The company was acquired by Handy in January 2014.

History[edit]

Exec received $3.3 million in seed funding.[2][3] In September 2013, Exec shut down its errand service to focus on its cleaning service .[4] In January 2014, Handybook, a company founded by Oisin Hanrahan, Umang Dua, Ignacio Leonhardt, and Weina Scott in 2012 announced that it had acquired Exec.[5]

Business method[edit]

Exec’s errand service had no auction process, and was not an open marketplace. The jobs were dispatched to nearby individuals with the appropriate skills and good ratings, at a flat rate of $38 an hour .[3]

Reception[edit]

Exec was nominated for Techcrunch's 2012 TechCrunchie Award for Fastest Rising Startup.[6] Exec’s cleaning service garnered positive reviews from web publications such as TechCrunch praising their professionalism and efficiency.[7] Exec also received positive coverage by other publications such as The New York Times, Huffington Post, Forbes, Inc., and Business Insider.[3][7][8][9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Exec - crunchbase". www.crunchbase.com. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  2. ^ Kolodny, Lora (26 May 2012). "Exec Scores $3.3M To Do Odd Jobs, On-Demand, For A La Carte Pricing". Retrieved 24 June 2017 – via www.wsj.com.
  3. ^ a b c Justin Kan Launches Exec For Real-Time Mobile Jobs, Forbes, February 29, 2012.
  4. ^ Constine, Josh. "R.I.P. Lazy Times: Exec Shuts Down Errand Service But Keeps Cleaning - TechCrunch". Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  5. ^ Empson, Rip. "Handybook Hoovers Up Exec For "Under $10M" To Sweep The Home Services Market - TechCrunch". Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  6. ^ http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/gigaom/articles/2013_01_03_revealed_the_finalists_for_the_2013_crunchies.html
  7. ^ a b Olanoff, Drew. "Want To Pitch A VC While He Cleans Your House? Exec And Shervin Pishevar Thought So - TechCrunch". Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  8. ^ Bennett-Smith, Meredith (26 July 2012). "Exec, Task Service Company, Sends Employees To Volunteer On Users' Behalf". Retrieved 24 June 2017 – via Huff Post.
  9. ^ "Justin.tv Founder Strikes Again". 29 February 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  10. ^ "You Can Hire Someone To Do Charity Work For You Through This Startup". Retrieved 24 June 2017.