Countdown to Launch
Hello. Hi. Welcome.
We're so excited to kick off the Romio Blog and provide a behind the scenes look at the goings-on of all things Romio – from who we are and how we work to all the excitement and buzz leading up to our June 30th soft launch.
But before we look to the future and all the amazing things it's going to bring, let's begin at the beginning with a deep dive into our story and how we, the very people typing this blog, became Romio. We'll also share how our talented Romio Experts and Service Providers are coming together to change the way you search, book and discover local services.
How It All Began
Several years ago, our fearless leader – Tarik Sansal, Founder & CEO – began noticing how he and others were connecting and booking local services. He had hired a Housekeeper who cleaned someone’s apartment in his building; a friend took a shot in the dark with a Mover hired from a classified ad website; a colleague sifted through online review sites to hire a Nanny.
He couldn’t believe that in today’s tech-savvy world with instant access to a bevy of information – there wasn’t a methodical way to identify, connect and instantly book local services with total confidence.
But his thoughts didn’t stop there.
He realized that on the Service Provider side of the coin, there were armies of “one-man bands” and micro-entrepreneurs who desired to make a living doing what they loved, but were forced to take desk jobs because they couldn’t make rent following their passions.
So, what if there was a platform to showcase these independent businesses and match their skills, trades and passions with those looking to identify, connect and instantly book these local services?
Thus, the idea of Romio was born. These small connections could snowball into a powerful network of referrals that would drive demand and services and help local businesses expand their networks and monetize their services. He became obsessed with fulfilling this vision.
But again, his thoughts didn’t stop there!
What if we took the trust factor further and researched Experts in these service industries to find out who they recommend to family and friends when it comes to their respective trades? Wouldn’t you trust a Pediatrician's recommendation for a Babysitter more than an anonymous online review? Wouldn't you want to learn about top Hair Colorists and Blowouts from Celebrity Hairstylists and Physical Training recommendations from those responsible for cover model physiques? Yes, yes and yes.
There had to be a better way. That's when Tarik envisioned a platform that would deliver the best of local services all in one place – without the time-consuming research, guesswork, hassle or uninformed opinions. An aggregation of recommendations from trusted industry Experts and recommendations from your own personal networks. Eureka.
Roadmap to Romio
Building a platform for friends and family to share local recommendations is one thing. But how did Tarik tackle the task of building the Romio database of Expert recommendations? He hired a super savvy team to work with a top-notch Advisory Board to sleuth out and handpick the thought leaders, the mavericks and the crème de la crème in Parenting, Pet Care, Health and Fitness, Fashion and Beauty and more – to learn who they recommend when it comes to Dog Walkers, Nannies, Personal Trainers, Hairstylists, etc.
The response has been astounding.
And for that Romio is eternally grateful. These Experts are the backbone to our operation and allow us to be a first-of-its-kind resource – providing locals with trusted recommendations and allowing us to put their Expert stamp of approval on exceptional local services.
And soon, we get to share these recommendations with you!
Until then, you can read more about Our Experts. There, you'll meet Parenting Expert, Manon Chevallerau – a pioneer responsible for the first Parenting Support network within the downtown Manhattan community, which led to additional neighborhood support collectives throughout the city; Kristin McGee – a nationally recognized Celebrity Yoga and Pilates Teacher, Speaker, Mompreneur and Author of Chair Yoga: Sit, Stretch, and Strengthen Your Way to a Happier, Healthier You (HarperCollins January 17, 2017); and Dana Humphrey, aka "The Pet Lady" – who was recently awarded by Pet Age Magazine 40 under 40 and Women of Influence. These are just a few of our incredible Experts and the list keeps growing. If you know someone who would be a great asset to our existing roster of aces, drop us a line in the Contact Us page!
Here. We. Go.
Romio has been a labor of love – built, curated, designed and meticulously crafted by Tarik and his gung-ho team of passionate staffers and Experts, supported by an army of angel investors, power media CEOs and institutional investors who believed in his vision throughout a long R&D process.
Tarik thinks of Romio as not a place of work, but a movement – a true partnership between thought leaders and communities, a place where people can help people by trading and recommending, while having a great time supporting passions.
But enough about us! We hope this Blog is just the beginning of a two-way conversation that will allow us to get to know your needs, what moves you and how we can develop a product that you will be proud to use and recommend.
We're so happy you're here!
The Romio Team