gigrove wants to match skilled freelancers and startups with spare rooms

TechCrunch | 1/11/2017 | Natasha Lomas
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Bootstrapping London-based startup gigrove is looking to carve out a niche in the collaborative consumption space as a matching platform for digital workers with itchy feet, and startups with a spare room and pressing skills need. Which is all very zeitgeisty in these digital nomad/citizen of nowhere times.

While the team pushed out an MVP back in 2015, and opened up a beta last summer, founder and CEO Marko Islamovich says they’ve now launched fully the platform — and have just over 20,000 active users at this nascent stage; or around 5,000 startup hosts (spread across 130 countries), and nearly 17,000 traveling freelancers.

Idea - Freelancer - Skills - Exchange - Place

The basic idea is for a freelancer to swap their skills in exchange for a place to stay, so they get to bootstrap their travel, while their host gets help with whatever task they’re looking for. The platform lets users offer a wide range of skills, from startup staples like UX/UI design to non-tech activities such as garden maintenance and cooking. But if you’re busy running a startup out of your home you might not have time to manage day-to-day household tasks yourself, so a live in cook might be just the thing you’re looking for.

“We are noticing a huge change on how work is done,” argues Islamovich. “It’s becoming more project-based, more and more people work remotely from their homes. Understanding that startups have a lot of problems with human capital, (mostly due to insufficient funding) we decided to combine resourceful (accommodation) and useful (skills) and help accelerate those startup projects around the globe.”

Gigrove - Users - Seed - Stage - Startups

He says most of gigrove’s users are pre-seed and seed stage tech startups at this point, covering all sorts of different fields — be it fashion, healthcare, transportation, fintech and so on.

“What’s common for all of them is that they are working from homes/garages,” he...
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