Thumbtack is an internet marketplace for local services, launched in December 2009. Thumbtack allows service providers and consumers to find each other and negotiate jobs online. In August 2010, CEO Marco Zappacosta claimed Thumbtack had over 50,000 service providers signed up on the website. By January 2012, the company said that number had grown to over 240,000 service providers.
Thumbtack won the Vator Juice Pitcher award in October 2009, beating out other notable finalists RelayRides and Rentcycle. Thumbtack also was selected as a finalist for the initial San Francisco Open Angel Forum in March 2010.
In June 2010, Thumbtack.com raised 1.2 million dollars in funding, primarily from angel investors. Investors include Scott Banister, Jason Calacanis and Joshua Schachter. CEO Marco Zappacosta credits both the Open Angel Forum and AngelList for helping to secure commitments from Angel Investors.
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.
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.