Nivi · July 27th, 2010
Thumbtack got their first commitments at Open Angel Forum, from Joshua Schachter, Cyan & Scott Banister, and Jason Calacanis. Then they used AngelList to contact Ariel Poler and Auren Hoffman who invested:
Ariel Poler (Investor in AdMob) Auren Hoffman (Investor in Aardvark)
Thumbtack’s CEO, Marco Zappacosta, sent me this very nice email about his AngelList experience:
“Both Ariel Poler and Auren Hoffman came from AngelList. And Auren introduced me to Scott Fabor and Mark Britto who are also now investing. Joshua Schachter & Jason Calacanis are also on the list but I was first introduced to them through Jason’s Open Angel Forum.
“The value of AngelList goes beyond the money, though — the introductions have been killer, even when they didn’t net a check. I got to meet with Keith Rabois, Bryan Schreier, Floodgate, First Round, Jeremy Levine, and others: relationships that I would not have been able to initiate without you guys.”
Read more about Marco’s fundraising experience on the Thumbtack blog.
What is Thumbtack? In their own words,
“Why can you go online right now and buy any product you want but you can’t do the same for tutors, handymen, dog walkers, or other local services? Thumbtack is changing that.
“Thumbtack isn’t like typical local search directories that simply return business listings with ratings and reviews, leaving you no better off than the paper Yellow Pages.
“Instead, Thumbtack gives you the ability to vet, contact and book service professionals the moment you find them.”
Sounds like a service I need to try.