French startup StarOfService has launched its online marketplace for services, initially focused on job matchings, in the Philippines.
The latest expansion is part of the startup’s mission to improve access to services, like helping companies save time on hiring people, and at the same time, allow professionals to develop their businesses.
StarofService has come up with an algorithm that geotags and alerts the most qualified professionals near one’s area.
“These professionals will receive the customers’ requests and will then offer a bid for their service. Upon receiving these bids, the client will then compare and make an appointment with the professional of his or her choice,” said Mary Therese Catantan, manager of StarofService Philippines.
Launched in France in November 2013 by Lucas Lambertini (CEO), Toni Paignant (COO), and Maël Leclair, StarofService was created on a simple observation that almost anything can be bought online.
However, Paignant said when it comes to services, everything becomes more complicated.
“Whether it’s finding a handyman, a sports coach, or a photographer or a DJ, one generally loses a lot of time looking for someone who is competent, available and affordable,” Paignant said. “Our idea was to allow anyone to be able to request an online service.”
StarOfService allows professionals and businessmen to also advertise their services for free. This is seen to help one build a huge network of clients by connecting to potential customers by gaining visibility through an optimized profile for search engine optimization or SEO.
Meanwhile, Lambertini said they are continually expanding and attracting numerous investors worldwide.
“The market in which StarOfService positions itself is much bigger than most people think. No company has taken a dominant position nor conquered the international market. Our ambition is to take this position, and we were lucky enough to find the right investors who share our vision of becoming the leading one-stop shop for service providers globally,” Lambertini said.
Only last April, StarOfService closed its $1.195 million (€1.1 million) Series A-round led by Point Nine Capital.
The startup’s platform is now present in over 80 countries worldwide, including Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, Brazil and Mexico.
StarOfService has already clocked over €150 million in revenue for more than 150,000 service professionals each year. Other popular services categories are room rental, hairdressing, plumbing, interior painting, singing lessons, and moving services.