Bengaluru-based jobs marketplace Vahan.ai has raised an undisclosed amount of fresh funding from Khosla Ventures, Founders Fund and Pioneer Fund.
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Founded in 2016, Vahan.ai uses artificial intelligence and WhatsApp’s API to automate hiring of blue collar workforce. The company claims to be working across sectors including Retail, Hospitality, Healthcare and BFSI. Some of their clients include Zomato, Dunzo, Uber Eats, and Swiggy.
To enable job search, a user adds Vahan.ai to his contact list and messages the account for job listings. The bot replies and asks them to give the location. The bot then looks for jobs in the vicinity of the applicant and throws back results. The bot asks the applicants to upload their driver’s licence, verifies it against government databases, and requests them to upload their CV via WhatsApp. The CV is then sent to various possible employers. If accepted, the bot sends a message to the applicant asking them to go to a particular location.
“The bot knows how to translate Hindi to English. Several applicants also write Hindi in English, our technology can understand that as well,” Krishna reportedly said. Krishna said Vahan has 1.4 Mn users, and claimed it had helped 25K of them find blue-collared jobs.
Krishna reportedly said Vahan does not plan to stick to last-mile delivery jobs; it wants to add grey collared jobs to its arsenal soon. “We want to add data entry and call centre jobs as well,” he said.
In 2017 EY’s Future of Jobs in India study showcased that 24% of the world’s gig workers hail from the country. According to Intuit estimates, gig economy workers will represent 43% of the total workforce in India by 2020.
BetterPlace, QuikrJobs, LinkedIn, Just Jobs, Aasaan Jobs, OLX Jobs, Nano Jobs, etc are the competitors of Vahan.ai.