The Cleanest, the Latest On-Demand App that’s The Shit
BREAKING SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Aug. 14, 2016 — Two of the Valley’s top venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz and SV Angel have invested $2.5 million seed funding for an on-demand startup, The Cleanest. Founded after a brief conversation at a Redwood City Chipotle last Saturday night, the trio claims to be going after an entirely new and untapped market. Their startup idea? On-demand ass wiping.
The three UCLA students plan to build an ecosystem of on-demand services, solving what they coin as the “Last 10 Feet Problem.” The term bears similarity to The Last Mile Problem. The link between consumers and connectivity is disproportionately expensive to solve for basic infrastructure like telecommunications and electricity and solved slowly because it’s not profitable for companies.
“Now you can get everything through your app. Need a ride? There’s Uber and Lyft. Need a pizza delivered? Dominos, Postmates, but for all of these you still have to meet with another person,” exclaimed co-founder and CTO Andrew Lee, “instead, why not have the person come to you?”
Of course it is the shittiest service (pun intended) one can provide, but in a brief interview with the team, they are optimistic with the value they can provide. After achieving product market fit and economies of scale, they can offer higher margin services such as turning on your television and bringing you fast-food all the way to your couch. They explained that on-demand food delivery services only make it to your door, but you have to get up and walk on average ten feet to get your food and return to your spot on the couch. With a new growing middle class, a subset of the population can afford not to do that.
“The market opportunity is huge. There are 7 billion people on this planet and everyone has to use the bathroom at least once a day,” said co-founder and CEO Eric Chung, “some people have multiple times a day, even multiple times an hour.”
The team has learned from public failures of past startups who have tried offering on-demand services. After bootstrapping and testing the service in Palo Alto, CA for 3 months, they are soft launching in a few key markets Atherton and Beverly Hills in California, Manhattan in NYC, and expect to launch worldwide within 6 months.
“Right now we’re playing with the economics of our service. We haven’t really settled on a price point yet, but we are learning a lot from our customer feedback. In our beta update, users can choose which brand of toilet paper they prefer as well as wipe velocity and pressure,” said co-founder and CPO Ronak Patel.
Their waitlist is now open on http://thecleane.st/waitlist.