In 2008, I left my Software Engineering job at IBM in Boston and decided to build a little site called RunMyErrand.com. Three years later, I find myself living in a new city (which just happens to be across the country), managing a company with a new name and brand- TaskRabbit.com, and building a presence in two major markets. It has been quite a whirlwind. One of the most important aspects of our success to date has been the truly amazing people I have been lucky enough to surround myself with. I’ve written many posts on how important it has been to assemble the right team. As an engineer-turned-entrepreneur, I’ve been so grateful for the amazing advisors and investors who have supported TaskRabbit’s growth along the way. Today, I am thrilled to announce that Shasta Ventures has led our Series A round of investment and Sean Flynn will be joining the TaskRabbit Board. The new capital will be used to grow our Service Networking platform and support aggressive expansion into new cities. I could not be happier having Sean and the entire Shasta team as part of the TaskRabbit movement. Beyond the capital, we have a shared vision for the business and, as an entrepreneur, this was the most important factor when deciding which firm to work with.
I have also enjoyed continued support from our original investors Floodgate, Baseline, and First Round Capital. Ann Miura-Ko, will remain on the Board as well, working closely with Sean and me. I am also excited to bring some new folks into the mix, including Collaborative Fund, 500 Startups, and Lisa Gansky, author of The Mesh. As I look at the group we’ve assembled and how they view and write about the space, I realize we have all the right pieces in place to make this a huge business. This is beyond thrilling for me as the founder and CEO.
We’ll be hiring folks in all areas of the business, from engineers, to marketing and community management. We are establishing a very special corporate culture, just ask @sourjayne or @etxeba. People are the most important thing, whether it is your investors, your team mates, or the members for whom you are building the product. Come join us as we take this Service Networking movement to the next level.