The round comes from a long list of angel investors, many of whom are familiar names in the tech world. They include husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Cyan and Scott Banister (founders of Zivity and IronPort, respectively), WebBlogs and Mahalo founder Jason Calacanis, RapLeaf founder Auren Hoffman, twin brothers Ali and Hadi Partovi (cofounders of iLike and Tellme, respectively), and Delicious founder Joshua Schachter. Thumbtack also enlisted support from Yan-David Erlich, who runs another service listings site, called ChoiceVendor.
When the San Francisco startup launched in December, founder and chief executive Marco Zappacosta emphasized the quality of the site’s listings — it only includes businesses that choose to create a profile, rather than pulling listings from the phone books and other sources. Thumbtack said more than 40,000 service providers have signed up. It also includes a free “Personal Concierge” service to choose the best professional for any request.
Thumbtack previously raised $500,000 from two of the founders of Logitech and an angel investor in Angie’s List.