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TaskRabbit Community Meet-Up at HQ

Last week we invited Bay Area TaskRabbits to drop by our San Francisco office for a good, old-fashioned meet-up. Forty-five TaskRabbits attended along with twenty TaskRabbit staff members, and a great time was had by all.

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The evening started simply enough with everyone grabbing a name tag and a slice of pizza. TaskRabbits began meeting each other and mingling with the team, and before long the room was abuzz with excited conversation.

TaskRabbits exchanged stories about tasks and how they got started — some folks had been TaskRabbits for more than two years, while others were brand new. TaskRabbit staff joined the discussions, and everyone appreciated being able to connect in-person over the experiences and community we all share.

In another room, our talented designer Nazir set up lights and a backdrop for any TaskRabbit who wanted a professional headshot taken for their profile.

When the pizza was gone, it was time to get down to business and talk TaskRabbit — the website, the experience, the community, and anything else people wanted to discuss. Our COO Stacy Brown-Philpot kicked things off by taking questions from the crowd. TaskRabbits asked about the larger goals for the company, what cities we’d be heading to next, and what they could expect as we continue to grow.

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Erika and I continued the conversation and answered more questions from the group. We touched on a variety of important subjects including safety, reviews, and ways we could improve communication between TaskPosters and TaskRabbits. Some of the more tenured members of the community stepped in to provide insights from their experiences on tasks, explaining the strategies that have helped them succeed.

In the end, our team learned a lot from the TaskRabbits who came and spoke about what mattered most to them. Based on the smiles and parting comments from TaskRabbits heading out the door, it sounds like the TaskRabbits had a blast as well. We hope to host many more events just like this in all cities. Keep an eye out for when we’ll be headed your way!

Thank you to everyone who attended the HQ meet-up and made it such a special evening.

Megan TaskRabbit

Meet the Team: Megan L.

As a TaskRabbit Member Services Associate, Megan L. has a soft spot for helping people get things done. A Pennsylvania native, Megan loves singing and playing music, eating good food, and exploring all the awesomeness the Bay Area has to offer.

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Megan, exploring Germany’s cheese culture.

Favorite Book: Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time series.
Favorite TV Show: The Walking Dead
Best Place Ever Visited: “The Smoky Mountains in Western North Carolina — an incredibly beautiful part of our country.”
Favorite Game: “Pokemon Gold on Gameboy Color.”
Favorite Food: “Is bourbon a food? No? Okay, bacon then.”
Hobby: “Collecting vintage clothing! I used to have an online vintage store. I’d love to do that again someday soon.”
Favorite Quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss
Best Task She’s Seen Posted: “I always love the ones that surprise a friend or significant other at their place of work with a gift.”
Favorite Thing About TaskRabbit: “My coworkers! Everyone is so passionate about what they do, and the commitment to making things better is so inspiring to me.”

Julian R Mobile TaskRabbit

Meet the Team: Julian R.

As a locksport enthusiast, Head of Mobile Development Julian R. can gain entry to just about anywhere. Maybe that’s how TaskRabbit landed a spot on the Apple App Store’s list of Best Disruptive Service Apps of 2012. Julian’s also a sucker for spies, puppies, and the TaskRabbit community.

Julian R Mobile TaskRabbitFavorite Book: Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
Beverage of Choice: Pisco Sour
Favorite TV Show: “Burn Notice. I’m a sucker for spy shows and movies.”
Favorite Place to go in the Bay Area? The Ferry Building
Secret Addiction: “I do large quantities of code.”
Favorite Joke: “What’s a pirate’s favorite letter? Inevitably, most people pick ‘R,’ but pirates love the ‘C.’”
Best Task He’s Seen Posted: “Create a puppy petting pen for the office!”
Favorite Thing About TaskRabbit: “The people! The TaskRabbits and people in the office are always so kind, talented, and understanding.”

Ian TaskRabbit

Meet the Team: Ian de B.

Resident sneakerhead, pop music aficionado, and Creative Coordinator Ian de B. makes it rain new media and ’90s trivia around TaskRabbit HQ. As one-half of the dynamic filmmaking duo behind The Plight of Brian, we expect he’ll be walking away from this year’s Cannes Film Festival with the Palme d’Or. You can follow him on Twitter @idb1204 and listen to his sweet, sweet musical stylings on SoundCloud.

Dream Vacation: Backpacking through New Zealand.
Favorite Place to Go in the Bay Area: AT&T Park
Beverage of Choice: Chocolate milkshake from the St. Francis Soda Fountain.
Favorite TV Show: Breaking Bad and Arrested Development
Favorite Place Visited: Coachella
Secret Addiction: “I love ’90s pop music, specifically ‘N Sync.
Favorite Quote: “The world needs to see the madness that is my upper torso.”
Best Task He’s Seen Posted: “Anything that involves getting items back from an ex.”
Favorite Thing About TaskRabbit: “The fact that I actually enjoy hanging out with the people I work with outside of the office.”

TaskRabbit Engineer Stan R.

Meet the Team: Stan R.

Software Engineer Stan R. hails from New Orleans and, “unlike Lil Wayne,” he’ll be forever faithful to his hometown. His passions include using the Internet and simple design to empower communities, and keeping the TaskRabbit office stocked with Crystal hot sauce.

TaskRabbit Engineer Stan R.Favorite Book: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Favorite Movie: Urbanized
Favorite TV Show: “Of all time? Seinfeld. Right now? Louie. Same thing, really.”
Beverage of Choice: Naked Juice
Dream Vacation: “A place with white sand, blue ocean, fabulous food, and no open-container laws.”
Secret Addiction:Sour Jacks. They’re like Sour Patch Kids, but way better. I’m deeply concerned that when Blockbuster inevitably ceases to be brick-and-mortar, there will be nowhere to get Sour Jacks. I may have to get a TaskRabbit to track them down for me.”
Favorite Quote: “Stop bitching and start a revolution.” — Wulf Zendik
Favorite Thing About TaskRabbit: “Collaboration. We have computers with two keyboards!”

One Jackson TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit Acquires One Jackson, Brings on Talented Team

We’re excited to announce that we have acquired One Jackson, an online marketplace for high-quality, indie-designed kids clothing.
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We’re thrilled to welcome One Jackson to the TaskRabbit family as the company was built on a similar philosophy as our own — to provide its designers with the opportunity to make a living doing what they love. Moreover, the One Jackson team brings with it invaluable experience building a marketplace and a community that connects people across shared interests.

 

Anne Raimondi

We are also ecstatic to welcome the impressive One Jackson team. Anne Raimondi, Co-Founder and CEO of One Jackson, will join TaskRabbit as Chief Revenue Officer, bringing valuable experience to the marketing and product organizations. Anne served as the VP of Marketing at SurveyMonkey and Insider Pages, and garnered valuable product experience at eBay, Blue Nile, and Zazzle.

 

Yee Lee

Yee Lee, Co-Founder and CTO of One Jackson, will join as TaskRabbit’s VP of Engineering. Yee has more than 15 years of web product design, coding, and launch experience at Google, Katango, Skype, and PayPal. Ken Mitsumoto, Bob Ralian, and Rob Robbins will also join our engineering team. Brian Leonard, who has led TaskRabbit’s engineering team for the past three years, will step into a Chief Architect role.

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