This article was first published on TechinAsia on January 20, 2022.
MyRobin, an Indonesia-based jobs platform, has secured an undisclosed amount in a pre-series A round led by Accion Venture Lab and SOSV. Investible, Seedstars, and existing investor Antler also joined the fundraise.
Launched in August 2020, MyRobin can help business owners recruit blue-collar workers for long and short-term jobs as well as manage their performance and send their salary. The startup generates revenue by charging a management fee as a percentage of the total labor cost.
MyRobin also provides workers with several benefits, such as earned wage access and insurance as well as discounts to purchase daily needs, and access to training.
The company was founded by Siddharth Kumar, a former banker for Barclays Investment Bank and Standard Chartered Bank, and Ardy Satria Hasanuddin, who was an executive at PegiPegi and MBiz. MyRobin took part in the first cohort of Antler’s startup generator program in 2018.
In a statement, the company said it has more than 2.8 million workers in its network, many of whom are ready to be hired for ecommerce-related jobs such as warehouse workers, packers, sorters, and couriers.
According to MyRobin, demand for blue-collar workers surged 27x between 2020 and 2021. It counts more than 250 companies as clients, including Shopee, Lazada, Anteraja, and Shipper.
Other investors in this round include:
Vulpes Investment Management
Astor Investment Management
Business Angel Network of Southeast Asia (BANSEA)
About myRobin (https://myrobin.id/)
MyRobin is an on-demand blue-collar manpower outsourcing service company within 24 hours. It provides a flexible, experienced and reliable workforce. myRobin is a portfolio company of BANSEA through BANSEA Two Pte Ltd.
About BANSEA (www.bansea.org):
BANSEA is Asia’s oldest angel investment network that was established in 2001. It has supported thousands of entrepreneurs and companies. BANSEA members are direct investors of many of the region’s top companies.