NEW YORK, March 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- New Yorkers now have an app to book everything right at their fingertips – Romio. Debuting today, the platform connects users throughout the five boroughs to more than 4,500 experienced service providers in over 500 distinct professions, including dog walkers, babysitters, yoga teachers – yes, even attorneys and accountants – without the hassle of guessing which reviews are real and not knowing what to trust. Unlike other service-centered apps, Romio, created by tech entrepreneur Tarik Sansal, has engineered the only app that puts experts to work for users. Each and every service provider on the platform has been recommended by one of the more than 100 of the most trusted voices in every field. In other words, if you don't meet Romio experts' approval, you don't get listed.
"Romio is bringing trust back online," said Sansal, Romio's Founder & CEO. "With our app, you don't have to sift through thousands of anonymous reviews and worry about the quality of the services you want to book. All our providers have been recommended by respected, authoritative experts in every field, including parenting, pets, health, fitness, education and lifestyle. Romio gives confidence and peace-of-mind to customers, so they can book quickly and know they'll get the most trusted service providers."
The "Uber for everything else," Romio makes it easy for users to schedule, book and pay for services on their phones. It is now available for download in the iOS App Store and on Google's Play Store.
"No other platform offers this capability," Sansal said. "We are giving New Yorkers a way to find the best, and we are also giving providers a new way to turn word of mouth and their trusted network into a referral network, to grow and manage their businesses. With Romio, a house cleaner, dog walker or any other professional can concentrate on doing the work they love and spend less time on the challenges of marketing their services, managing their schedules or collecting fees – Romio does all of that for them."
Romio's 15% booking fee is market competitive and one-third of that amount will be used as commission for experts and friends who have recommended services that are booked, rewarding them for the quality of their recommendations. The transactions are processed seamlessly through Stripe, one of the industry's largest and most trusted online payment processors whose systems support other businesses such as Lyft, Open Table and Facebook, among others.
Romio helps people capitalize on their skills, just as Airbnb made it possible for homeowners to cash in on spare bedrooms and Uber helped put drivers to work. Launching today in New York, Romio is also accepting applications for experts in other cities where the app will be available to new users around the country later this year.
In 2016, 53 million Americans worked freelance jobs, according to Nasdaq. That represents 34% of the country's workforce and is expected to climb to 43% by 2020. That makes Romio the right app at the right time for where the American economy is heading.
It also makes Romio's esteemed group of experts that much more necessary. Featured experts include Beth Feldman, a mother of two and experienced media executive who is a nationally well-known parenting expert regularly seen on local and national media; world-renowned veterinarian Dr. Lisa Lippman; celebrity hair stylist Christopher Marrero, who recently created Oscar-nominated actress Laurie Metcalf's red carpet look at the 2018 Oscars; real estate and home taste maker Florence De Dampierre; yoga and fitness guru Kristin McGee; and nationally recognized chiropractor Dr. Robert Silverman, who was voted #1 chiropractor in America. They are among the more than 100 most trusted voices in their fields working on behalf of Romio's users to deliver the best and most trusted service providers.
"You wouldn't take candy from strangers," said parenting pro Feldman, who also founded the Role Mommy online community. "Romio is built on trust, so if you book a service provider, whether it's a babysitter or house cleaner, you know their reputation and experience is beyond reproach. Online reviews may help you find a new air fryer, but when you're inviting someone into your home, you don't want to guess if the anonymous reviews got it right."
Creating a unique, industry-changing business is nothing new to Romio Founder Sansal, who previously started OnTargetJobs, a roll-up of niche recruitment sites, which was later acquired by Dice. Before that, Sansal formed InvestorPosition.com, a digital destination focused on careers in investment management and banking. Sansal has the distinction of being the very first hire by investor John Moon for his emerging markets hedge fund, Moon Capital, which later became an investment arm of Oak Tree Capital. He previously held positions with Yamaichi Bank, where he worked on its Asian Institutional Equities sales desk, and as a Wall Street research analyst at Sharpe Capital.