Handybook Takes On Los Angeles Market

Handybook, one of a crop of new companies which provides on-demand, mobile access to local service providers--in this case, handyman services and house cleaners--said yesterday that it has launched its services in Los Angeles, and also hired a local general manager. Handybook says it has hired former Wheelz GM Travis Tharp to set up an office for the company in Los Angeles, as the company looks to expand throughout Southern California. Handybook lets users book home cleaning and repair services online or through an iOS app, and is one of a number of peer-to-peer marketplace startups which have brought their services to the LA market. Handybook said that Tharp will oversee local growth and operations for the brand, which was founded in 2012 by Harvard Business School students. Handybook joins such competitors as Pathjoy--another Uber-inspired peer-to-peer marketplace brandsin the cleaning area also approaching the LA market.


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