#Startups: Lessons from Growing Our User Base +900% in 2014 (Mopp.com)
Thursday, 2 October 2014 from 19:00 to 21:00 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
If you want to start a business, you need to learn what you don't know, and often the easiest way to learn is through listening to others' startup stories.
A lot of people talking about how to start a business but the best teachers tend to be those who have actually gone out there and done it.
Our startup evenings are informal yet informative events where we invite successful entrepreneurs to give us down-to-earth, honest insights on starting a business.
You'll have the chance to ask any questions you'd like, whether they are about strategy, tactics, tools, or difficult lessons learned.
We're thrilled to be hosting the co-founders of London-Based Home Services Startup Mopp.com. Pete and Tom started and grew the business to a team of 25.
Just 18 months old, Mopp has seen its user base grow more than 900 percent in 2014, and it now processes more than 10,000 bookings per month. It has recently by acquired by Handy.
About the Speakers
Pete Dowds, Co-Founder
Prior to founding Mopp, Pete spent 5 years working as a corporate lawyer for global law firm DLA Piper, specialising in venture capital and M&A.
He also founded the alumni crowd-funding startup equitise.me with Tom before launching Mopp in 2013. Pete earned a PG Dip Law (2008) and LLB (Hons) (2007) from the University of Sheffield.
Tom Brooks, Co-Founder
Prior to founding Mopp, Tom spent 5 years as a Commodities Trader with global Japanese conglomerate, Marubeni Inc and US based ADM.
He also founded equitise.me and a startup in the food space before launching Mopp with Pete in 2013. Tom earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Sheffield.
Read more about Mopp
"Mopp is a leading provider of trusted cleaners and home service professionals in the UK. We are part of the Handy network, providing professional home cleaning and handyman services to households in over 26 cities around the world. We provide an easy way for customers to book a home service professional online or from a mobile device in as little as 60 seconds and for a flat-rate hourly price.."
Read more on the website here.
"A few months ago, on-demand home services startup Handy opened up its first international office and launched services in London. In an effort to quickly grow its business there, today the company is announcing it’s acquired local competitor Mopp, which also provides home cleaning services in select U.K. markets. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Handy co-founder and CEO Oisin Hanrahan characterized the acquisition as a multi-million dollar, all-stock transaction that will effectively serve to merge the two businesses in London."
Read more in Techcrunch here.
When & Where
Escape the City - The Escape School
Escape the City is a global community of +250,000 talented professionals who believe that life is too short to do work that doesn't matter.
We help talented professionals escape unfulfilling jobs and transition into more fulfilling work, build careers on their own terms, and start businesses that matter.
Join our Tribe at www.escapethecity.org.