Two London dads are behind a new app aimed at helping hard-working parents reclaim their social lives.
bubble lets parents find, book and pay local babysitters in just a few taps of the app.
Leaving the traditional agency model behind, bubble is an on-demand service that uses social and community data, such as Facebook, schools and nurseries, to connect parents with babysitters that already exist within their wider personal networks – the sitters already used by friends and people they trust the most.
Adrian Murdock, Co-founder, says: “As parents, we know that when it comes to finding a babysitter, nothing is more powerful than a personal connection. With our app, users can quickly tap into their wider network of trusted sitters. We’re out to solve a major problem experienced by hard-working parents who’d love some more time for themselves.”
Ari Last, Co-founder, also says: “For parents it’s quite simple, we want to give them an app that means they never struggle to find a babysitter ever again. bubble is about giving parents more freedom, more spontaneity and more trust.
“We want to make finding a trusted babysitter easier than ordering in a takeaway.”
The founders met at global online betting exchange Betfair, before working at other successful tech startups: online retailer notonthehighstreet.com and Fintech firm MarketInvoice.
Other features of the bubble app include:
· One-tap payment – no more late night dash to the cash machine
· A two-way ratings and reviews system between parents and sitters
· Uber-style refer and earn for users to easily invite friends and earn credit
· No subscription or upfront fees to use the app
The app is completely free for babysitters who set their own hourly rates and keep 100% of what they earn. For parents, bubble charges a £3.50 booking fee at the end of each sit they do through the app. There are no sign-up or subscription costs for either user.