Homejoy was an online platform which connected customers with house cleaners. The company was based in San Francisco. Homejoy served the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom for a total of over 31 major cities. It charged a variable rate of $25-$35 per hour (or £13 an hour in the UK).
Homejoy was founded in 2010 by siblings Adora and Aaron Cheung, who worked as CEO and VP of Growth, respectively. Originally, the company was named Pathjoy.
Co-founder Adora Cheung did the first few cleaning jobs herself, and until late 2013 continued to work at least one cleaning job per month.
Homejoy received an undisclosed amount of funding from Y Combinator in March 2010, but began operations in 2012. The company raised another $1.7 million in seed funding in early 2013. The seed investors included Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital, Resolute.VC, and other individuals and groups. Since then, there have been two other rounds of fundraising conducted by Homejoy (Series A and Series B). Series A was conducted in October 2013, and the amount invested during this round has not been publicly disclosed. After Series B, led by Google Ventures, completed in early December 2013, the total raised from both rounds was around $38 million.
In April 2014, Homejoy expanded into the United Kingdom, its first market outside North America. It charges £13 per hour, of which cleaners earn between £7 and £9.5.
On July 17, 2015, Homejoy announced that it would cease operations on July 31, 2015. The company cited difficulties in maintaining profitability, as well as lawsuits over whether its workers are contractors or employees. Google hired portions of the company's technical staff.
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Homejoy was run by a team of over 100 employees, and worked with thousands of independent professional cleaners in their cities of operation as of early 2014. They charged a uniform rate of $25 an hour for service. Cleanings were fully bonded, and cleaners contracting on the platform had to go through a screening process which involves third-party background checks and a certification process.
Homejoy's company culture focused on the use of technology to increase operating efficiency. Investors have also credited Homejoy for creating jobs in a slow job market by connecting their service to the demand and expanding their scope beyond traditional house cleaning companies.
In December 2013, Homejoy announced the establishment of the Homejoy Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports initiatives for veterans and their families.
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