Startup Notes

Benedikt Franke on his entrepreneurial learnings that led to founding Helpling

June 13, 2017

Benedikt Franke is an alumni of Rocket Internet’s ‘golden generation’ that successfully accelerated digital entrepreneurship in Germany by the end of the 2000s. For Rocket, he worked as Head of HR and as COO for its venture MyCityDeal. Afterwards, Benedikt founded the Latin American Media Group, which he sold in 2013. Eight years after he entered the startup world, Benedikt is working with Oliver Samwer again. This time by founding Helpling - one of Europe’s leading startups that successfully digitalizes the old-fashioned cleaning and home services industry.

With Helpling, customers can book a vetted and insured home service provider and gain back time that they would spend on chores within just a couple of clicks. For the professional home service providers, the innovative online platform makes it easier than ever to find new clients and to manage when and where they want to work. Helpling has raised more than €70M from acclaimed investors such as Rocket Internet, Point Nine Capital and Lakestar. In 2015, Helpling acquired its UK competitor Hassle for €32M and recently successfully re-branded it to Helpling.

In this episode, Benedikt talks about the fast-paced learning experience he had when he began his startup journey at Rocket Internet in 2009, how to make it work when you found a company with a close friend, why you should email Oliver Samwer and the next steps for Helpling.

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