Have You Seen Lately?

We’re loving the new site!

Have you seen the new We just can’t get enough. We’ve always relied on the site for the best sharing economy content online, and now there’s even more to love. Here are some of our favorite things about the new site:

  • In addition to great content and a sleek new design, there’s now a massive directory of all things collcons. It’s super easy to search for sharing platforms in any category, like food, fashion, or travel.
  • The resources section includes just about everything you’d ever need to know about the sharing economy.
  • The new events page includes all the major collaborative consumption events from around the world in one place.
  • A job board is on the way that will make it possible for sharing junkies to easily find open opportunities at collaborative companies like TaskRabbit. So cool!

Congrats to Rachel Botsman, Lauren Anderson, and team for an awesome update!


CameraLends Knows How to Outsource Tasks in a Flash


TaskRabbit superuser Adam Derewecki knows a thing or two about the sharing economy. He built his business on the idea that every photographer (whether they’re a professional or a hobbyist) should have access to the equipment they need to get the job done. He built CameraLends, a peer-to-peer camera sharing marketplace, as an alternative to purchasing expensive camera equipment. Adam relies on TaskRabbits to help with everything from promoting his business to pranking his coworkers. He took a few minutes to tell us about CameraLends and his love of all things TaskRabbit:

What’s the mission of CameraLends?
“CameraLends is a marketplace where photographers can post their gear for others to rent out locally, and where renters have access to a wide range of high-end and specialized camera equipment. You can think of us like a tool lending library, except the inventory is distributed among people in your neighborhood.”

What made you decide to use TaskRabbit?
“I’ve been in love with the service since I first heard about it. I can ask the Internet to do things for money? Yes, please. I’ve used TaskRabbit for everything from deliveries to office pranks. In the past, I’ve used ‘outsourced personal assistant’ services, and TaskRabbit has consistently been higher quality work.”

How do TaskRabbits help out your team?
“I’ve used TaskRabbits for a variety of help, some virtual and some local. Early on, I posted tasks for: having a flyer designed, researching local photography communities to reach out to, and researching local art school lending resources. More recently, I paid a TaskRabbit to hang up 33 flyers in local coffee and camera shops. I have a current task where I’ve asked my TaskRabbit to compile a comprehensive spreadsheet of Nikon and Canon equipment, so that I can use that data to build a better tool for lenders to post gear.”

CameraLends FlyersCould you tell us about your favorite Task experience(s)?
“When I had my TaskRabbit post flyers, I asked him to take a picture to verify of each posting. Cycling through each picture in rapid succession was a very cool experience — the same flyer amongst many varieties of flyers in different settings. Cool enough to upload the pictures to a public Flickr set. A final surprise was Flickr’s map mode, which put all 33 geotagged photos on a map of the Mission — so I know exactly where each flyer went and can easily instruct future TaskRabbits where not to post.”

In addition to supporting TaskRabbit, a leader in the collaborative economy, what other ways does your company walk the walk of social responsibility?
“CameraLends is part of the ‘shareconomy,’ similar to Airbnb, GetAround, and many other services where people can post their under-utilized items in a lending marketplace and earn some money back. Photography is a natural progression for peer-to-peer marketplaces because of high value, highly specialized equipment. When you’re taking photographs diving, you need your underwater housing. The rest of the year, that pricey accessory gathers dust. Situations like that are perfect for collaborative consumption: lenders can recoup some of their sunk cost, and the renting community is provided with more access to high-end photography equipment. It’s also easier on the environment to pick up a lens or body in your neighborhood rather than ship it from across the country.”

Vayable Local Expierence

Vayable Makes Everyone a Local

Vayable Local Expierence

Vayable makes it possible to travel like a local.

We’re mighty proud to be part of the sharing economy, so you can imagine how excited we are to count so many collaborative consumption companies in the TaskRabbit for Business community. This week we decided to catch up with the co-founder and CEO of one of our favorite companies, Jamie Wong of Vayable. By providing an incredible marketplace that makes it easy to access local experts, Vayable is redefining the art of travel. Jamie was kind enough to chat with us about her vision for Vayable — and how TaskRabbits are helping her realize it.

Jamie Wong of VayableWhat’s the mission of Vayable?
“To enable entrepreneurship, cultural exchange, and community worldwide by empowering people to share experiences with others.”

How do TaskRabbits help out the Vayable team?
“‘How doesn’t the Vayable team use TaskRabbit?’ might be a better question. TaskRabbits deliver us food, Apple equipment, and matzo ball soup for our friends when they get sick. They’ve helped us move (several times), and kept us healthy with juice cleanses and warm with firewood for our in-office fireplace.”

What made you decide to use TaskRabbit?
“We have been fans of TaskRabbit since Vayable began. The ability for us to outsource daily tasks, errands, and skilled work has been important so we can free up our time to focus on our business and the work we do best. We’ve built very strong relationships with several TaskRabbits over the years and it’s comforting to be able to rely on these friendly, skilled folks in the community.”[pullshow]

What similarities do you see between Vayable guides and TaskRabbits?
“[pullthis]Both Vayable and TaskRabbit communities share similar cultures based on trust, integrity, and opportunity. Our platforms are enabling people to leverage their extra time, skills, and interests to make a living, and this attracts a type of person who wants more out of life than the typical 9-to-5 job, who enjoys interacting with people and helping to improve the lives of others.[/pullthis] Like TaskRabbits, Vayable guides are extremely active in the community and are leading a movement that utilizes technology to foster better offline experiences and interactions.”

In addition to supporting TaskRabbit, a leader in the collaborative economy, what other ways does Vayable walk the walk of social responsibility?
“Vayable is both a leader and an active participant of the collaborative economy. We are frequent users of TaskRabbit, Lyft, and Airbnb, and everyone on our team has participated on both sides of the peer-to-peer marketplace. We care deeply about giving back to the community in other ways beyond our platform, so we regularly volunteer, keep an eco-friendly office, and value sharing over ownership. We also put health at the top of our list of core team values, because without health and wellbeing, what do we have?”

Life Edited Feastly TaskRabbit

Life Edited and Feastly Throw a Dinner Party (With a Little Help From TaskRabbit)

Life Edited Feastly TaskRabbit

A TaskRabbit doing dishes in the surprisingly spacious Life Edited kitchen.

What happens when three collaborative platforms join forces in one 420-square-foot Manhattan apartment? That’s exactly what Life Edited, Feastly, and TaskRabbit wanted to find out. Last month, Life Edited opened up its beautiful (and super efficient) new SoHo working and living venue to a Feastly chef hosting 12 Feasters, and a TaskRabbit helped out with dishes and cleanup. If you are interested in attending a dinner, please signup at Feastly. Check out the apartment here:

The seasonal menu consisted of homemade pickled Chinese squash and seaweed crackers, kabocha Japanese soy and sake-braised squash, butternut squash and pear latkes served with sautéed greens, and pumpkin whoopie pies with cream filling for dessert. Guests represented the full spectrum of New York’s creative side: developers and designers, architects and entrepreneurs. The group began the night as strangers, but in this incredibly designed and intimate setting, they said goodnight as if they were long-time friends.

Guest blogger Noah Karesh is the co-founder of Feastly. Follow him on Twitter @eatfeastly.

Rachel Botsman TedTalks

Rachel Botsman: The Currency of the New Economy is Trust

Trust means an awful lot to us here at TaskRabbit. It’s why we make sure every single TaskRabbit is background checked, it’s why we built out a robust reputation engine complete with ratings and reviews, and it’s why our founder talks about trust and social reputation to anyone who will listen. This is why we were so excited to see this incredible TedTalk from Rachel Botsman — a woman who’s been a constant source of inspiration to us here at TaskRabbit. Take twenty minutes to be as inspired as we are by Rachel’s talk:

Leah Busque with Moderator Liz Gannes

The Shared Economy: Doing Business With the Joneses

On Thursday, Leah sat down with some of the leaders of the collaborative consumption movement for a frank talk at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. Moderator Liz Gannes, Senior Editor of All Things Digital, kicked off the evening by asking author Lisa Gansky how she first identified sharing as a movement. The author of The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing chalked collaboration up to way more than a trend, attributing the rise in sharing-based businesses to the 2008 recession.

TaskRabbit Anne M. baked cookies to share with Commonwealth Club attendees.

“Things that we value that go unused, actually in that moment are wasted,” said Gansky. “It’s more convenient and less costly to share or gain access than to own.”

Panelist Shelby Clark, Founder and Chief Community Officer of RelayRides, agreed that “rational triggers” like price and convenience are the initial draw for consumers, but that it’s the community that keeps them coming back.

The evening’s discussion ended with an eye toward the future, with each panelist imagining where the sharing economy might lead. Although he admits it’s fun to imagine the Marty McFly hoverboard vision of transportation’s future, Clark believes that providing the right transit at the exact right moment is what’s in store, and what his company can achieve.

Nate Blecharczyk, Co-Founder and CTO of Airbnb, hopes his company will promote better connectivity between people and communities, making the world a smaller place. Gansky shares this vision, predicting the shared economy will facilitate diving deep into other cultures.

Cory Smith, CEO of Hub Bay Area, predicts that companies like his will provide a way for people with incredible ideas to better organize the experience of executing them.

Leah Busque with Moderator Liz Gannes

When it was her turn, Leah chose to respond with a call to action instead of a forecast. “I have a way we can all change the future right now, and it’s by paying it forward.” She then challenged every member of the audience to share a skill with someone else tomorrow.

For those who weren’t able to attend last week’s talk, we invite you to participate in this action: share a skill or a talent with someone you know today. Or maybe someone you don’t know. Dole out favors, see what happens. Pretend we live in a time when it’s not unusual to help out a neighbor. You’ll be astounded by what we’ve been missing.


How Good Eggs is Changing the Future of Local Food

Farm-to-table. Local. Organic. Sustainable. For those interested in responsible eating, the buzzwords alone can be impossible to navigate (let alone the process of actually procuring good food). Enter Good Eggs, a San Francisco startup that’s about to change the way we think about food.

Good Eggs connects farmers and foodmakers with consumers in their own communities. This means bread, eggs, produce, jam, pies, even baby food. If you can eat it, you can find it from a local producer through the marketplace at Good Eggs. You can also figure out how to cook it on their blog, The Eater’s Digest, and find farmers’ markets and other food events in your ‘hood. [pullshow]

Since sharing and eating are the two things we love more than anything here at TaskRabbit HQ, it didn’t take us long to become converts. We’re also extremely honored that TaskRabbits are helping Good Eggs make such swift progress toward a very noble vision. Rahmin Sarabi, Head of Operations and all around awesome egg, took a few minutes to chat with us about the Good Eggs mission and the future of food. Here’s what he had to say:

What’s the mission of Good Eggs and why should San Franciscans pay attention?
“Our mission is to grow and sustain local food systems worldwide. Local food isn’t new — it’s actually quite the opposite — but it’s particularly exciting right now. [pullthis]People, in large waves, are starting to recognize that their food can be healthier, tastier, and kinder to the environment. They’re cooking and sharing more meals. They’re meeting the farmer who sells their peaches. And that shift makes food more interesting, more fun, and definitely more delicious.[/pullthis]”

How does Good Eggs empower people to live better lives?
“Good Eggs is a hub for food and people. It’s the place to go to start eating better, close to home. If you’re hungry, we’ve got an online marketplace with great local farmers and foodmakers. And if you’re a farmer or foodmaker, we can help you sell your goods online and ease many of the administrative hassles of running your own food business.”

How do TaskRabbits help you achieve your mission?
“Many of the foodmakers on Good Eggs already have innovative delivery models, like delivering by bike, but scaling can be a real challenge. Turns out pedaling across the Bay Bridge is generally frowned upon. Thanks to our partnership with TaskRabbit, we’re working to make it easy for foodmakers to add additional delivery drivers where and when they need them, while ensuring a quality experience for their customers.”

How do you envision the future of work within the food industry?
“We’re working toward a future where local farmers and foodmakers have more time and resources to focus on what they do best; making great food. With services like TaskRabbit enabling distribution, efforts like ours at Good Eggs reducing administrative and marketing challenges, and the growing awareness of the value of eating locally, we think it’s a great time to be a budding food maker.”

How about the future of eating?
“For eaters, the future promises better, more convenient access to delicious food made with integrity. Whether it’s a custom CSA-style box with dinner and fresh produce delivered right to your home, or the ability to pick up fresh bread from a local baker at your office, there are going to be plenty of options for eating well.”

Why’d you decide to get involved with Good Eggs?
“As an impact-minded entrepreneur, I was inspired by the mission, scale of ambition, and stellar team at Good Eggs. It’s humbling to work with such talented people daily and design solutions for the folks at the front lines of local food. The team lunches ain’t too shabby either.”

You guys posted an awesome Task for a TaskRabbit to move a bunch of hay from Golden Gate Park to the Mission District. What’s the deal with that?
“You’ll have to come visit us at the La Cocina SF Street Food Festival this weekend to find out!”

Follow @Rahmin and @GoodEggs on Twitter.