A Conversation With : Abhiraj Bhal, Founder of Urban Clap
Updated on: 29 Jun 2016
UrbanClap Technologies Pvt Ltd, one of the most funded local services marketplaces of India, was founded in October 2014 by Varun Khaitan, Abhiraj Bhal and Raghav Chandra. The startup connects service professionals like plumbers, wedding photographers, yoga teachers, make-up artists, interior designers and even fitness trainers to the consumers.
Currently, aiming high to expand its supply board to execute services ordered by consumers, UrbanClap has been taking every possible step to turn into a marquee player in the online service delivery marketplace.
To know more about the company's business plans, growth strategy, focus area and future plans, WI Bureau spoke to Abhiraj Bhal, Founder, Urban Clap. Here is the edited excerpt:
Key growth boosting factors
People in India are becoming more and more conscious of their health and grooming. As a larger wave around keeping mental as well as physical fitness, people are willingly spending money on improving their lifestyle. So, at UrbanClap, we have a bunch of services which generally help you keep fit and take care of your body. Thus, a yoga trainer at home, a fitness trainer, a dietician, a physiotherapist or beauty services like party make-up artist, beauticians etc have been provided by UrbanClap.
One of the reasons that we started UrbanClap was the fact we realised that how difficult it is to get local services. Whether it's a plumber, pest control service at home, dry cleaner, Yoga trainer, Wedding Photographer, Make-up artist or even skilled fitness training, these are hard services to get. And, when we started this company 2 years back, we used to hear, people in India can order clothes, mobile phone, books online and get it delivered in span of 24 hours at home. Despite all these advancements that internet has made, why it is so difficult for me to get a plumber? Why do I need to spend whole afternoon in haggling prices with a pest control company? Can searching Google or any of the directories and fixing any random service provider who may or may not be trustworthy help? Historically, internet enabled services has made it easy for you to start with your money, accept the local services where actually the entire space is not sought. So, that's what basically got us started.