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Gigwalk gets an upgraded backend for business

February 20, 2013

Gigwalk, the mobile temp agency that allows users to get assigned jobs (or “gigs”) from companies in need of real-world data or market research.

Gigwalk is upgrading its business-facing platform as the service grows to accommodate larger-scale job assignments from customers like Microsoft, Mercedes-Benz, TomTom, eBay, and others. It’s also adding another big-name brand to its roster – Reckitt Benckiser, home to hundreds of household products including things like Lysol, Finish, Easy Off, Jet Dry, Woolite, Vanish, Vicks and many more.

The company, which is something like a Mechanical Turk for the real world, recently raised a $6 million Series A from August Capital, Greylock, Harrison Metal, SoftTech VC, Founder Collective and others. It now reaches 220,000 workers, up from 200,000 in October, and is available in 6,500 cities across the U.S. and Canada. It has also just launched in Puerto Rico and is readying its U.K. expansion.

At the time of funding, Gigwalk also extended its relationship with Microsoft, which used the service to gather data for Bing local search – the company would have workers take 360-degree photos of restaurants, for example. Because of the size of some of the jobs these corporate clients were bringing to Gigwalk, the company’s original dashboard no longer sufficed. It showed a list of active gigs, but the business would have to click on each one to view the details.

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Sarah Perez , TechCrunch, February 20, 2013

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