I have some news to share about Kobe, our CIO. Kobe passed away on July 6th, after a brief struggle with Acute Leukemia. While we are, of course, deeply saddened, we feel extremely blessed to have had Kobe in our family over the past 12 years.
To honor and celebrate Kobe, we’ll be donating a portion of our proceeds this week (July 16-22) to Canine Companions for Independence. CCFI is a wonderful organization that provides highly trained assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities, entirely free of charge. Since TaskRabbit is all about empowering people to do the things they love, the CCFI mission resonates strongly with us, particularly in light of Kobe’s passing. We are honored to celebrate Kobe by supporting CCFI so they can help more and more people in need.
As many of you know, the idea for TaskRabbit occurred to me when I forgot to buy Kobe’s dog food on a cold Boston night in 2008. In honor of Kobe’s role in founding the company, all San Francisco dog food deliveries posted through the Deliver Now feature on our iPhone app this Friday, July 20th, will be delivered free of charge.
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Founder & CEO, TaskRabbit