Vahan.ai to scale up with funds from Khosla Ventures, others

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“We connect blue-collared job seekers to employers who need access to labour,” said Madhav Krishna, founder, Vahan.ai.

Highlights

  • Vahan is part of Y Combinator’s 2019 batch.
  • Vahan has 1.4 million users, and claimed it had helped 25,000 of them find blue-collared jobs.
  • An unskilled customer gets on WhatsApp, adds Vahan.ai to his contact list and messages the account for job listings.
MUMBAI: Y Combinator-backed Vahan.ai has raised an undisclosed sum from Silicon Valley investors Khosla Ventures, Founders Fund and Pioneer Fund, the startup’s top executive said.

Vahan is part of Y Combinator’s 2019 batch.

Founder Madhav Krishna said the company will use the funds to scale up and expand operations.


Krishna said Vahan has 1.4 million users, and claimed it had helped 25,000 of them find blue-collared jobs. “We connect blue-collared job seekers to employers who need access to labour,” he said.

The company has an intuitive way of working. An unskilled to semi-skilled customer gets on WhatsApp, adds Vahan.ai to his contact list and messages the account for job listings.

“The bot replies… and asks them to give the location,” Krishna said. The bot then looks for jobs in the vicinity of the applicant and throws back results. “The bot knows how to translate Hindi to English. Several applicants also write Hindi in English, our technology can understand that as well,” he said. 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.
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