Irish Times Reports App Called Handy is Like Uber for Your Home

On November 13, 2015 a story in The Irish Times talked about a man from Dublin named Oisin Hanrahan, who created the company Handy (formerly Handybook). Handy is a cleaning and DIY service for your home. Much like Uber or AirBnB, Handy allows work to be performed by non-licensed, screened workers for less money than hiring a professional for the same job.

Handy was founded in 2012 and recently celebrated its one millionth booking. It is currently available in the UK, Canada and the United States.

The article states that Hanrahan teamed up with three friends in his first year at Harvard to create the company. Handy screens all of its Freelance workers through background checks, references and in-person interviews to ensure the safety and security of their product. Hanrahan says that while around 750,000 people have applied, only 3% have been accepted as Freelance workers.

The article says that Hanrahan left Ireland in 2012 for Boston, MA to pursue an MBA from Harvard University. Since then he’s started his own company that now employs 140 people in 28 cities and has raised $150 million in venture capital.

While Hanrahan never obtained his MBA his company is now worth an estimated $500 million. The piece mentions that Handy is not Hanrahan’s first business, while attending Trinity College in Dublin he started The Clearwater Group which he says was a property development business specializing in Eastern Europe. With the Clearwater Group, Hanrahan would buy, renovate and either sell or rent apartments.

Hanrahan states that working with the Clearwater Group he realized how hard it was to find basic handyman services in Hungary and other countries. This ultimately led to the idea for a service offering close-by handymen and cleaning people.

In the article Hanrahan says that the current goal for Handy is to further develop its smartphone app, enhance the service in cities it now serves and to work on spreading its availability to more cities in North America and the UK.

Find the original article here: Handy – the app that is cleaning up around the world

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