A new smartphone app that connects babysitters with parents is gaining in popularity in Europe after it was launched by two Belgian women recently.
The app, airBsit, was the creation of Geraldine Biebuyck and Dimitri De Boose, two mothers who were inspired by their own struggles to find babysitters, Reuters reported.
“The first idea was … we need something to simplify our lives,” Biebuyck, a mother of two who launched the small startup in Brussels, was quoted as saying.
In the four months since its launch, the free app has vetted and signed up 11,000 in Belgium alone, and is expanding its services to parents in Amsterdam and Luxembourg, the report said.
Taking its cue from other popular sharing economy apps like Uber and Airbnb, the app allows parents to send details on how, where and when they need help at home to up to 20 babysitters.
The app then sorts available babysitters by location and ratings. On the other end, Babysitters receive a notification and can refuse or accept the offer.
The app’s two-way rating system allows both parents and babysitters to grade each other.
As its commission, AirBsit takes the fee for the first 15 minutes of a babysitting session.
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