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Rachel Carrell, CEO of Koru Kids, on being impatient and having to seize every day

Rachel Koru Kids

At UKTN, we’re always keen to shine a light on those who make up the UK’s thriving technology community.

This week, we spoke with Rachel Carrell, CEO of Koru Kids, a platform which helps parents find affordable childcare. 

Carrell talked about her toughest and proudest moments to date and how her husband, a late-stage investor, is annoyingly always right. 

Tech vertical: ParentTech
Funding: £600,000 from 12 investors, including Global Founders Capital, the co-founders of Entrepreneur First (investing personally), and the co-founder of Gumtree, Michael Pennington
Staff count: 4
Location: The Camden Collective near Euston in London
Founded: 2016

Q: Where did the idea for Koru Kids come from?

I was running DrThom.com, the world’s largest online doctor service, when I had a baby. On going back to work and finding childcare for my own daughter I was gobsmacked to discover how difficult it was. Childcare is too expensive, quality is too patchy, the hours are often very inconvenient and everything is subscale, leaving parents overwhelmed and mostly ‘only just’ managing –even the ones who can afford a nanny....

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