Quikr acquires Zimmber to strengthen home service business

Online classifieds platform Quikr has acquired home services marketplace Zimmber for an undisclosed amount as it looks to grow deeper into the home services space. Zimmer is Quikr’s tenth acquisition and offers a marketplace for plumbers, electricians, carpenters and cleaning agents. For the time being the company will continue to function independently of the parent company’s own services.”Household services is an exciting category which is seeing increasing adoption among urban consumers.

The acquisition allows us to further scale our deep stack service capabilities,” said P D Sundar, Head of QuikrServices. Founded by Anubhab Goel, Amit Kumar and Gaurav Shrivastava, Zimmber had raised nearly $7.5 million from investors such as IDG Ventures and Omidyar Networks. The company raised its last round of $5 million in July 2016 and is suspected of having run out of money, leading to a sale. While co-founder Amit Kumar will make the move to Quikr along with founding member Siddhartha Srivastava who serves as the CPO, the rest of the founding team have exited the business.

Quikr in a statement said that the other founders will move on to “pursue other interests”. “This move is a result of strong similarities between our vision and Quikr’s. (We) see a great opportunity in offering our services to users in other Quikr verticals such as QuikrHomes, QuikrC2C and QuikrCars. Together we will be serving a larger customer base with varied demands,” said Amit Kumar. Among the more notable acquisition, Quikr had acquired real estate portal CommonFloor in a $200 million deal which it announced in January this year.

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