Thumbtack is getting bigger and better, and we’d like to share some of the details with you.
First, we recently celebrated our 250,000th connection – that is, Thumbtack has connected 250,000 buyers and sellers since launch in December 2009. Hopefully you’re one of the people who has been connected to a trusted merchant or a great customer.
This number is increasing rapidly. We celebrated our 250,000th connection at the end of March – today it is closer to 450,000, with 50,000 connections made just last week. We are thrilled to be bringing business to so many local professionals.
Second, we recently reached 100,000 active merchants on Thumbtack. And that number is growing quickly – as of today we hit 130,000! A new local business is signing up on our site every three minutes.
Finally, we reached a particularly important milestone in our quest to create the safest marketplace for local services in the world. Last year, Thumbtack ran more than 100,000 background checks, license checks, and other identity verifications intended to ensure a safe marketplace. We also kicked out more than 5,000 service providers that did not meet our community standards.
In celebration of these milestones, let’s raise a toast… to you! We wouldn’t be able to reach these milestones without the help of our awesome Thumbtack community – you are the ones who have trusted us to find a photographer for your wedding, get you a bit of new work in a down economy, or navigate how to best market yourself online.
We draw our inspiration and energy from you. We love receiving messages from you about how Thumbtack has been helpful to you in finding a trusted merchant or in finding new business. Reading these messages is the best part of our day. Keep sending us your stories of how Thumbtack has been a part of your life – we welcome the good, the bad, and everything in between.
We have a lot of cool new features in development that we think will make Thumbtack even better. We are always thinking about how to improve our company and our website.
But today, we are looking behind us and celebrating the progress we’ve made – progress we couldn’t have imagined 18 months ago!
p.s. Check out the infographic on the left of all the crazy things that have happened since we launched. Woohoo!!