Looking for someone to mow your lawn, paint your home or babysit your kids?
A team of crowd-sourcing veterans has launched a social media site where you can reach out to the Internet community to get such tasks accomplished.
Call it chore-sourcing.
A call for community action
Vancouver-based Ayoudo launched in February with the belief that, while social media sites like Facebook and Twitter place an emphasis on sharing, liking and providing updates of content that ranges from the relevant to the irrelevant, there’s no online venue where people can go to ask for help from or offer help to members of their community.
When a help request is responded to by a member of Ayoudo’s network, and a price successfully negotiated, payments are completed through normal means such as credit, cash, check or PayPal, although Ayoudo is building its own payment system for the site.
Secure social media
Ayoudo says its site is more secure than online classifieds sites such as Craigslist and Kijiji because it has a member rating system and requires members to sign up securely via their Facebook accounts.
In its first three days, Ayoudo had more than $20,000 worth of help requests.
Launching on the back of a major seed round, the company has gained early traction in Vancouver and is currently expanding to cities across Canada.
Ayoudo certainly has the right team for success in this field: CEO Michael Tippett was a founder of the citizen journalism website NowPublic.com, which was sold in 2009 for a reported $25 mn.
CTO Eric Burin Des Roziers was a co-founder of the successful travel website TripAdvisor.
Photo: miketippett via Flickr
This is a guest post.
Elena Verlee is founder of Cross Border Communications, a technology PR agency based in Vancouver and Silicon Valley working with a range of clients from high-growth startups to billion dollar companies. A passionate publicist with two decades of brand building experience, Elena also blogs at PR in Your Pajamas, an award-winning site that helps entrepreneurs and smaller businesses who can’t afford a publicist to get heard, get known and get talked about so they can change the world. Elena’s blog is named by PRWeb as one of “25 Essential PR Blogs You Should Be Reading” and syndicated by the Visa Business Network to over 100,000 members. Elena has also been named twice in a Forbes list as one of “20 Women for Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter.”
Jackie Peterson is a scientist turned business communicator. She is Director of Client Services atCross Border Communications and helps clients translate highly technical ideas into easily understandable media-worthy stories. Jackie has an unparalleled network of media contacts and is passionate about attracting investor interest to deserving but neglected companies. Jackie started her career with Pengrowth Energy Trust’s PR team then moved on to Business Development in their M&A division during which time the Trust completed over $2 billion in acquisitions, doubling their market cap. Having lived in Montreal, Calgary and Victoria, Jackie now calls Vancouver home.