Interesting news out of London-based on-demand marketplace for local cleaners,, this morning: half a year after the startup was acquired by Rocket Internet-backed rival Helpling for €32 million, two founders have departed the company at the tail end of 2015.

In October, news emerged that Helpling was cutting 20% of its staff, and it's been retreating from a number of European markets (and Canada) in recent times.

Alex Depledge (who we interviewed back in November 2014) and Jules Coleman, co-founders of, have left the company on December 31st 2015, and the company is today announcing a new managing director for Hassle's UK and Ireland operations.

The new MD is Sam(uel) James, who previously worked for Groupon UK.

Benedikt Franke, co-founder of Helpling, commented:

“We want to thank both Alex and Jules for their hard work over the last five years. It is because of their dedication, is the strong and growing company it is today. They built a fantastic product and brand that is known across the UK and Ireland and should be very proud of all they have achieved. We wish them the best of luck for their future endeavours.”

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