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Thumbtack is an internet marketplace for local services, launched in December 2009.[1] Thumbtack allows service providers and consumers to find each other and negotiate jobs online.[1] In August 2010, CEO Marco Zappacosta claimed Thumbtack had over 50,000 service providers signed up on the website.[2] By January 2012, the company said that number had grown to over 240,000 service providers.[3]



Thumbtack won the Vator Juice Pitcher award in October 2009, beating out other notable finalists RelayRides and Rentcycle.[4] Thumbtack also was selected as a finalist for the initial San Francisco Open Angel Forum in March 2010.[2]


In June 2010, raised 1.2 million dollars in funding, primarily from angel investors.[5] Investors include Scott Banister, Jason Calacanis and Joshua Schachter.[6] CEO Marco Zappacosta credits both the Open Angel Forum and AngelList for helping to secure commitments from Angel Investors.[7]

In January 2012, Thumbtack raised 4.5 million dollars through a Series A round of Venture Capital funding. Javelin Venture Partners led the round of investment, which also included investments from MHS Capital and the venture capitalist Timothy C. Draper.[8]

The survey found Idaho to be the friendliest state for small business and Rhode Island to be the least friendly. Oklahoma City, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin and Atlanta were rated the most friendly for small business while Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, Tucson, and Detroit were rated the least friendly.[9]


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