Reportedly, the co-founders of the Bengaluru-based hyperlocal startup, Arjun Kumar and Sunil Goel have quit the company in the wake of a Board-executed decision. CEO Saran Chatterjee is now heading the company. As per a report by Money Control, the Board allegedly forced the two founders to create a single point of contact when it came to making decisions for the company and gave the power to CEO Saran Chatterjee.

The report also quoted a spokesperson’s statement from Housejoy:

“The decision was taken by the Board and the company keeping the best interests of the company in mind. The founders and the board hired a professional team, which is the CEO and the leadership team to take the company to the next level, post-Series B funding.”

Saran Chatterjee was appointed the CEO of Housejoy in 2015 by the co-founders. Prior to joining Housejoy, Chatterjee held the position of VP of Product Management at Flipkart, and was a key part of the leadership team for about three years.

Launched in January 2015, Housejoy services range from maintenance and home repairs to plumbing, electrical services, home cleaning, and computer repairs. Housejoy also offers specialised services in beauty and in-house bridal make-up. The company takes a 10%-25% cut of the service depending on the service it provides.

The startup has been able to raise USD 27 Mn in funding. In June 2015, it raised USD4 Mn funding in Series A from Matrix Partners and in December 2015, it secured USD 22.5 Mn in Series B led by Amazon and included new investors Vertex Ventures, Qualcomm and Ru-Net Technology Partners.

The startup also had to rollback services from 7 major cities earlier this month. The move was made in a bid to tighten operational costs and move towards profitability. The startup has also reduced its workforce by 50% and is focussing on operations in its five major markets, namely: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. Other startups competing with Housejoy include UrbanClap, Zimmber (acquired by Quikr), Qyk, etc.

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