Checkr gets $9 million from Accel to capitalize on the darker side of the on-demand economy

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The sharing economy is not all sunshine and roses. When you stick strangers together, a huge array of crimes eventually ensue, as seen on applications like Airbnb and Uber. From alleged rapes, to hammer assaults, to kidnappings, to property destruction, the list goes on.

A new company, Checkr, has raised $9 million in a Series A led by Accel to deal with one part of that equation: Background checks. It services the on-demand and sharing economy industries, billing itself as a “Stripe” for background checks. It automates the process via software. Companies can stick an API in their apps, to make it easy to onboard new contract workers, whether drivers for a delivery service, cleaners for a cleaning company, hosts for an apartment sharing service, and so on.

When a person applies for a job, the API allows the company to run the background check…

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