60 second start-up: findababysitter.com

0-5 seconds: Sum your business up in a sentence

findababysitter.com (FAB) offers the tools to parents to be able to find childcarers with specific skills in their local area. Rather than having to pay £1000's to a Nanny Agency

5-10 seconds: What's the business model?

If FAB were a biscuit, it would be an Afghan biscuit - simple ingredients that work exceptionally well, with a New Zealand origin.

Parents and agencies pay to use the service.

10-15 seconds: Who are your competitors?

gumtree.com, nannyjob.co.uk, greatcare.com, Childcare Agencies, Classifieds sites and newspapers

15-20 seconds: What's your USP?

All our 20,000 candidates are geo-coded which means we can offer parents a truly local search. So, are you looking for a French speaking Nanny with a drivers license, CRB check and childcare qualifications who lives within 2 miles of your home? No problem.

20-25 seconds: How have you funded it so far?

Angel investment from New Zealand

25-30 seconds: What were you doing before?

Most recently program manager at MSN UK before that FT.com

30-35 seconds: Where did the idea come from?

My wife was a nanny then started a successful nanny agency - in doing this we saw the opportunity at the other end of the market.

35-40 seconds: What's the smartest thing you've done so far?

Leave my job and concentrate on FAB full-time.

40-45 seconds: What's the stupidest?

Not listening to our users' needs

45-50 seconds: If your business was a biscuit, what would it be?

An Afghan Biscuit - simple ingredients that work exceptionally well, with a New Zealand origin.

50-55 seconds: Which idea are you a bit jealous of?

audioboo - fun and huge potential.

55-60 seconds: Where are you going to be in 12 months' time?

Findababysitter.com will be live in France (choisirmababysitter.fr currently on old platform), Germany & Spain all on major content partner deals.

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