“I don’t care about the cheque size, I want you by my side to tell me every time I’m stupid.”
These were the words the Co-Founder of TapChief, Shashank Murali, recalls saying to Kunal Shah, Founder of Freecharge and Cred, over a WhatsApp call - the same call that led to Shah's investment into Murali's upcoming freelance marketplace.
TapChief’s preference for onboarding marquee investors is well reflected in the angels that have backed it, including the likes of Paytm’s founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Utsav Somani of AngelList India, Flipkart’s former executive Mekin Maheshwari, Slideshare founder Amit Ranjan, TaxiForSure’s founder Aprameya Radhakrishna, Innov8’s Ritesh Malik, BYJU’S CPO Ranjit Radhakrishnan, Praful Thachery of BigBasket, Satyen Kothari of CitrusPay, POSist founder Ashish Tulsian and others.
These names, along with investors such as NuVentures, 500 Startups, Stanford Angels, and SucSeed Venture Partners have also backed the early stage venture.
Recently, TapChief announced a $650K round, which takes its total amount raised to over $800K. The Bengaluru-based startup was founded by Shashank Murali, Binay Krishna, and Arjun Krishna in 2016. It started as an online advice platform and forum for job seekers, professionals and employers, but the company pivoted to become a freelancer marketplace in late 2017. Since then, the company claims to have signed up over 75K professionals on to the platform, who together earned $1 Mn through TapChief.
In addition to connecting businesses to freelancers, TapChief also provides an array of proprietary technology solutions to support and manage the complete lifecycle of freelance work starting from discovery to payments. Some notable clients of TapChief include Unilever, Deloitte, Redbus, upGrad and Dunzo.
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