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PlanHub Modernizes Construction Management

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The latest episode of Grit Daily Startup Show featured Ro Bhatia, the CEO of PlanHub, a B2B tech marketplace and SaaS platform for commercial construction.

Ro’s extensive experience in the technology sector, combined with his passion for the construction industry, has positioned him as a thought leader in the field. During the episode, he shared his insights, diving into the challenges faced by the construction industry, the importance of product design and market fit, and the role of leadership in driving company growth.

The Construction Industry’s Technological Lag

The construction industry, despite being one of the oldest industries — perhaps because of it — has been slow to adopt technology. The traditional approach of meeting in person, shaking hands, and building relationships still dominates the industry.

However, Ro emphasizes the need for technological advancements as the population ages and the demand for construction projects increases. He shares his own experience of working with a startup in the construction space and witnessing the challenges faced by smaller players in the market, such as private roofers, who struggle to access robust and affordable technology solutions.

Designing a User-Friendly Platform

One important part of PlanHub’s attempt to bridge the industry’s technological gaps is creating a user interface that caters to the needs and expectations of construction professionals. Recognizing that many workers in the industry have limited experience with advanced technology, PlanHub has created a platform that is simple, intuitive, and reminiscent of familiar tools like spreadsheets and email.

By meeting users where they are and providing a seamless and accessible experience, PlanHub aims to revolutionize how construction professionals collaborate and streamline pre-construction processes.

The Journey of Leadership and Growth

Transitioning from larger companies to leading a startup comes with its own set of challenges. Ro reflects on his own journey and emphasizes the importance of humility, adaptability, and a positive mindset. He acknowledges that leading a team requires a different approach in a startup environment, where resources are limited and the leader must wear multiple hats.

Ro credits his team and the support of his private equity partners for their role in driving the company’s growth from a team of 20 to over 100 employees. He highlights the significance of fostering a strong company culture and surrounding oneself with talented individuals who share the same vision and values.

Developing Talent and Empowering Employees

Talent development and creating opportunities for employees to grow and expand their skill sets is a must for any successful business. Knowing this, PlanHub provides support and resources for employees who express a desire to learn and take on new challenges.

Ro believes in championing the underdogs and ensuring that smaller businesses have access to affordable technology solutions. By investing in talent development and empowering employees, PlanHub aims to create a strong and capable workforce that can drive the company’s success.

Targeting the Construction Industry

PlanHub’s target market includes a mix of small, medium, and large firms in the construction industry. While the majority of their clients are small to medium-sized businesses, they also serve larger companies.

PlanHub’s goal is to be the end-to-end platform for all things pre-construction, providing a comprehensive solution that addresses the key questions of who will do the job, what the job entails, and how much it will cost. By consolidating these processes into one platform, PlanHub aims to simplify and streamline pre-construction activities for contractors of all sizes.


Ro Bhatia’s insights into the construction industry and his leadership journey at PlanHub provide valuable lessons for entrepreneurs and industry professionals alike. By understanding the unique challenges faced by construction professionals and designing user-friendly solutions, PlanHub is revolutionizing the industry and bridging the technological gap.

Through talent development and a positive company culture, PlanHub is empowering its employees and driving growth. As the construction industry continues to evolve, PlanHub’s commitment to innovation and simplicity positions them as a leader in the field.

About PlanHub:

PlanHub is the cloud software platform that empowers commercial construction professionals 
to expand their businesses by optimizing workflows, improving collaboration, and offering data-driven insights for more intelligent choices. Our user-friendly tools assist contractors and suppliers throughout the preconstruction journey, delivering qualified leads, seamless team cooperation, efficient document handling, complete bid management solutions, and valuable data insights within
a fully integrated ecosystem.

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    Data and Deep Insights

    We make construction smarter by connecting with the right people, at the right time, for the right project.

    With our technology and data intelligence, we empower construction professionals to easily build the right business relationships, streamline pre construction processes, and make efficient decisions.

    From competitive intelligence in each project allowing you to know how many other contractors are downloading or bidding to insights as to contractors’ performance, we provide the data you need to lead your business to success.

    By providing faster, simpler, and unmatched data insights in each step of the pre construction process, PlanHub helps your business lay a strong foundation for the success of the rest of the construction process.

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    Bid Leveler & Proposal builder

    Comparing bids to one another has never been easier. Users can now see bids side by side, compare bid amounts, and review subcontractors’ certifications and qualifications all in one place.

    Bid Leveler’s apples-to-apples approach allows you to easily drill down and see detailed, easy-to-scan cost breakdowns. Indicate bid preference, hide bids that don’t meet your needs, and request needed information from subs.

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    Full Bid Management

    From the initial decision to pursue a project to the final bid submission and follow up, bid management plays a central role in pre construction.

    Effectively managed bids during the preconstruction phase set the stage for a successful project execution and satisfied clients.

    Streamline bid management from project posting to estimating, bidding, and awarding in one place with easy project posting, project-contractor automatic matching based on trades, location, and qualification with PlanHub.

    Use bid planner, bid builder, bid leveler, and award tools to always know what’s going on with each project and bid.

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    Estimation and TakeOff

    Let’s face it—time is money. And the more time it takes to perform takeoffs and submit bids, the more you risk losing out on valuable revenue opportunities. Manual methods and locally installed desktop software slow your takeoff process, and many digital solutions currently on the market can be overly complex and not user-friendly. 

    Build faster takeoffs, get more bids out the door, and win more projects. Forget pen and paper, outdated desktop software, and overly complicated digital takeoff solutions. PlanHub’s easy-to-use Takeoff tool helps you and your team build accurate takeoffs faster, minimize errors and material waste, and win more projects that boost your business growth. Performing your takeoffs with PlanHub allows you to:

    • Streamline and integrate your process: Perform your takeoffs in the same platform you use to manage your network and bids.
    • Avoid costly estimating errors: Get better accuracy with digital tools instead of traditional, mistake-prone pen and paper.
    • Collaborate easily: Share and work with your team, no matter where you—or they—are located.
    • Submit more bids and win more projects: Get quality bids in front of general contractors faster and get ahead of your competition.
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    Document Management

    Organize, store, and manage various documents, blueprints, drawings and other information related to projects before the actual construction phase begins.

    This phase is crucial for setting the foundation of a successful construction project, and effective document management plays a significant role in ensuring that all necessary information is accessible, accurate, and up-to-date to all interested parties.

    Access, review, work on, and share large complex documents in one platform with amazing speed. From project definition, drawing management, takeoff, estimation, bid management, and contracts, everything happens in PlanHub.

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    Be part of a construction professionals’ ecosystem that enhances collaboration, streamlines project management, and fosters smart relationships between companies, construction professionals, and projects.

    Enjoy seamless communication, build strong relationships, and streamlines project management. By leveraging the power of connections and collaboration, we enhance efficiency, save time and resources, and drive collective growth in the industry.

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    1M+ pre-qualified network

    PlanHub is the leading platform that connects companies, construction professionals, and projects in the pre-construction industry, focusing on building and developing meaningful relationships to enhance efficiency and productivity.

    We have integrated general contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers’ workflows in one platform to simplify the complex back and forth usually present in preconstruction. By allowing all interactions to be done through PlanHub, tracking projects and relationships is much easier, saving contractors and material suppliers time and money. Interactions in the platform are tagged and measured to provide insights to users.

    General contractors create bid packages that are shared in PlanHub as projects. They can include templatized lists of all CSI cost items as part of the new Baseline feature. Baseline allows for faster and more accurate bid requests, facilitates homogenization of subcontractors’ bids, and simplifies the comparison of incoming bids.

    Subcontractors are automatically matched with relevant projects based on their profile, preferences, and pre-qualification information saving hours of research to both sides. They can review project details, documentation, and blueprints.

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    High-quality projects

    Your one-stop job for qualified hard-to-find private project leads in varying stages like pre-planning, bidding, etc., and across different geographies, zip codes, or distance to your office.

    Projects include plans, specifications, bid dates, and other relevant project information.

    You can segment project leads by type of project, status, project building use, trades and sub trades, or create your own list of keywords — and be notified when one of them is found in a posted project’s documentation or plans.

    We make it simple to find projects that match your business — and make sure you are notified right away.

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    From the very beginning, PlanHub has been a place where people can do meaningful work and build strong relationships.

    Come grow with us! We’re building innovative technologies that simplify preconstruction for everyone.

    Estimation is a simple yet powerful digital estimating tool for general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers that integrates with PlanHub’s existing Takeoff software
    Create quicker, improved takeoffs effortlessly. PlanHub’s Takeoff aids your team in accurate, faster estimates, minimizing errors, and driving business growth.

    Expand your network and connect with general contractors, subcontractors, owners, architects, and suppliers – not to mention thousands of relevant projects at your fingertips.

    Generate relevant leads, faster and with precision. With access to private, hard-to-find projects, you can connect with architects and owners on projects still in the pre-design and design stages.

    PlanHub’s advanced suite of bid management tools allows you to increase productivity, identify relevant projects using data, build bids with Takeoff, and manage bids through the entire process.