In an article published in the IrishTimes.com titled “Handy – the app that is cleaning up around the world,” reporter Pamela Newenham writes about the success of Oisin Hanrahan and his company Handy. Handy provides cleaning and handyman services to customers who can order these services through an online platform. The company makes millions of dollars per year in revenue, has raised $111 in venture capital funding, has had over one million bookings for services, and has an estimated valuation of $500 million.

Co-founder and CEO Oisin Hanrahan has become the face of Handy. He co-founded the company with COO Umang Dua, Weina Scott, and Ignacio Leonhardt while he was in his first year at Harvard business school. The idea for Handy came about when Oisin started a property development company at the age of 19 where he bought, built, and renovated apartment buildings in Eastern Europe. While working in Budapest, Oisin found it difficult to hire cleaners and handymen to help him work on properties he was renovating. When he moved to the US, he had the same problem, and he figured finding trustworthy cleaners and handymen to do DIY projects was probably a global problem. Oisin and his co-founders decided to fill a void in the marketplace where customers can hire DIY help through an easy to use online app.

Currently Handy is available in over 30 cities in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and Oisin plans to add more cities and countries and acquire other companies that offer similar services. The company has also had over 750,000 professionals apply to become service providers but only around 3% have been approved. This is because potential service providers have to go through a rigorous screening process that includes background checks, reference checks, and in-person interviews to make sure the company only hire the best in the field. Oisin expects great things to happen for Handy in 2016 as he and his team expands the number of services the company provides and improves the online experience for its customers.