MyHammer appoints ex-StudiVZ, Jamba CEO to top job, prepares U.S. expansion

MyHammer, the ‘handy man’ jobs site, has appointed Markus Berger-de León as CEO. He was formerly CEO of StudiVZ and Jamba and replaces Gerrit Müller who will now become MyHammer’s COO and General Manager International where he’ll oversee the Berlin-based startup’s pending Q4 U.S. launch.

MyHammer began in 2006 as an auction site for tradespeople and ‘handymen’ services but today operates as a “hybrid marketplace” combining a yellow pages directory and a jobs quotation marketplace. It aims to solve the problem of how to find good and qualified tradespeople or ‘handymen’ powered by more than 500,000 customer reviews which are tied to specific transactions.

Having seen revenues grow ten-fold through subscriptions from registered tradesmen as well as transaction fees, today MyHammer claims to be the market leader in Germany, Austria and the UK with around 2,000 new jobs, 1,000 registrations and 10,000 quotes being submitted on a daily basis.

Unsurprisingly, MyHammer says there is a direct correlation between home ownership and the site’s growth, which is why they are targeting the U.S. next. “We are highly convinced that transferring our model to the United States represents the next logical step for MyHammer”, says Müller.

“The high rate of home ownership and the constant need of these home owners for the best handymen and tradesmen, as well as the largest economy worldwide, present an amazing opportunity.”