Care.com, an online service in the U.S. used by families seeking high-quality care providers, has acquired Besser Betreut GmbH, an online destination for care and service providers in Europe. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Based in Berlin, Germany, Betreut will become an operating unit of Care.com and will continue under its current name, while also serving as Care.com’s European hub under the Care.com Europe banner. Steffen Zoller, Founder and Co-CEO of Betreut and Manuel Nothelfer, Co-CEO of Betreut, will continue to manage the organization, reporting to Ted Preston, General Manager, International and SVP of Operations for Care.com.
In making the announcement, Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder and CEO of Care.com, said, “We have always believed that care is a global issue. By bringing together Betreut and its extensive international operations with Care.com, our leadership position in the U.S., and our new operations in the U.K. and Canada, we are creating a dynamic portal for families around the world that provides best-in-class services to help families find the local care they need.”
Founded in 2006, Care.com currently counts close to 5 million families and providers in the U.S. and its recently launched operations in the UK (April 2012) and Canada (July 2012). Betreut, which was founded in 2007, has approximately 2 million members and providers across more than 15 countries, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, and Belgium.
Both Care.com and Betreut help families address the unique lifecycle of care needs that every family goes through – child care, including special needs; senior care, pet care; housekeeping, and tutoring.
USA, Waltham, MA & Germany, Berlin