Author: jamiev2014

Task of the Week: Attend A Party For Me (And Skype Me In)

  David found a creative answer to the age-old problem of wanting to be in two places at the same time. While he was hanging out in Seattle, some friends were having a party in San Francisco, and David wanted to attend. He hired a Tasker, Tony, to walk around the party with an iPad so David could Skype with his friends while he was in Seattle. Tony made a sign that had David’s face on it and David’s friends flocked to him to share a conversation with their missing pal via video chat. Meanwhile, David got to soak in the ambiance of the party and feel like he was a part of the crowd. Nice work!

Task of the Week: Bring Me Spare Car Key After I Jumped In A Lake

Bring Me Spare Car Key After I Jumped In A Lake It’s the lazy, hazy days of summer and we hope you’re squeezing in some quality vacation time before buckling down to work and school. The Task of the Week reminds us that sometimes our mind checks out on vacation, too. Know that TaskRabbit has your back if you ever need us. Enjoying a week off with the family, Rob jumped into the lake with his car key, rendering the transponder useless. Stuck 150 miles from home and needing to get his kids back for swim practice the next day, Rob put out an SOS signal to TaskRabbit. Tasker Greg picked up the spare car key from Rob’s house and drove it out to the stranded family with gorgeous scenery keeping him company on the long drive. Remember to empty your pockets before diving in, and be safe out there! Especially if someone tells you to go jump in a lake. Or take a long walk off a short pier. Or, yeah. Happy Tasking!

Task of the Week: Find The Guy I Met On A Plane Yesterday

It’s a scene straight out of Hollywood – Cody met someone special (Amine) this Tuesday during his flight from Marrakech to Madrid, en route to his vacation in Barcelona. There was an instant connection, one Cody describes as “not a ‘nice to meet you’ connection, but rather a ‘we are going to change our flights, spend the weekend together and potentially the rest of our lives together’ connection. Life is crazy sometimes.” Too starry-eyed to exchange information on the plane, the two ultimately lost sight of each other in the chaos of  security and customs in Madrid. But Cody knew where Amine was staying in Manhattan, so on Wednesday he hired TaskRabbit to stand outside the building in NYC with a sign saying “Amine from Morocco: I have a message for you from Cody.” The plan was to then have the Tasker give Cody’s contact information to Amine. Armed with a description of Amine, the building address, and a sign, the Tasker stood his ground, talked to the doormen of various shifts, and was going …

TaskRabbit Partners with the White House on Disaster Response & Recovery Efforts

Today, TaskRabbit visited the White House to unveil a new partnership as part of The White House Innovation For Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative Demo Day. TaskRabbit is partnering with federal and local officials to offer the services of the TaskRabbit community during times of disaster or emergencies. Today’s event brought together technologists, entrepreneurs and members of the disaster response community to showcase tools that will make a substantial impact during large-scale emergencies. TaskRabbit is excited to play a role in this important initiative. The new tool, The TaskRabbit Needs for First Responders Program, is a simple, mobile web product where authorized first responders can post a need for help during times of emergency and be connected to our community of 30,000 background-checked and fully vetted Taskers, who can then volunteer their services in real time. This tool is simply formalizing how neighbors are helping neighbors naturally in our community during times of emergency. During Hurricane Sandy in 2012, we saw our community in the Northeast come together to help one another; Our Taskers assisted with tree removal, taking pictures …

Task of the Week: Buy Cards for Sick Six-Year-Old Boy

Get your handkerchiefs ready, because this week’s task may make you tear up. This week, a Boston company hired one of our Taskers to purchase 100 birthday cards. They passed these cards around their office for signing and then mailed them to a six-year-old boy with inoperable brain cancer. The soon-to-be six year old, Danny, loves getting mail to cheer him up. Danny’s birthday is Friday, July 25. If you’d like to participate, you can mail a card to Danny Nickerson, P.O. Box 212, Foxborough, MA, 02035 Here’s a photo of Danny, courtesy of Danny’s Warriors’ Facebook group.

SOME OF OUR FAVORITE TASKS FROM THE NEW TASKRABBIT

It’s officially been a week since we launched The New TaskRabbit. Everyone knows we’ve always been obsessed with the creative ways people use our service. But, with the new product, we weren’t sure if this quirkiness would continue. Well, we were pleasantly surprised to find that it definitely did.  It turns out a more automated model doesn’t stop people’s creative juices from flowing when it comes to task inspiration. Here are some of our favorite tasks from the past week:  Mail My Marriage Certificate From Seattle To Illinois Deliver Two Pregnancy Tests to Me In NYC Help Me Clean Up My Daughter’s Apartment After A Break-In  Delivery Preparation H To My Hotel Room  Help Me Plan My Post-Gym Date In Long Island City  Wait In Line For Us At The Hollywood Forever Cemetery  Prank Call My Friend  How creative can you get? 

An open letter to the TaskRabbit community from our founder and CEO

To the TaskRabbit Community: It’s been five days since we launched The New TaskRabbit in the US, and in that time, we’ve received both positive and negative feedback. We have listened and made every effort to respond to questions in a timely manner. I wanted to take the opportunity to directly address a few things. The facts. First, our Taskers and Clients are super passionate about what we are building. As a founder, this is pretty awesome to see. Second, you can’t communicate enough when it comes to big product changes (five emails, webinars, and a cross-country trip for in-person product demos just aren’t enough sometimes). Third, pleasing millions of users simultaneously is impossible. And finally, change is hard, period. We hear you! The majority of the feedback we’ve received has been positive and both Taskers and Clients are excited about the new product. We’re hearing that Clients are enjoying the new seamless posting flow – knowing who will complete their task, when it will get done and how much they’ll pay within minutes –  and …

THE NEW TASKRABBIT IS HERE WITH NEW iOS + ANDROID APPS FOR CLIENTS AND $1M INSURANCE POLICY ON EVERY TASK

Last month, we announced our plans to launch The New TaskRabbit, a brand new product experience designed to deliver a higher-quality, more secure and seamless tasking experience. The response to The New TaskRabbit has been overwhelmingly positive. Since our announcement in June, we’ve received over 16,000 Tasker applications and saw a 200% increase in Client sign ups. Today, we couldn’t be happier to announce that The New TaskRabbit is live. And we have even more exciting news to share. We’re also launching brand new iOS and Android apps today, designed specifically for our Clients. These apps let our Clients find help with their home service needs – house cleaning, handyman tasks, moving help and personal assistance – while on the go. The apps allow Clients to find, hire and chat with Taskers quickly and easily. iPhone users – update your TaskRabbit app (or download it) to see the new experience, and Android users – download our brand new app from the Play Store! The safety and security of our community is, and always has been, our main …

UNVEILING THE NEW TASKRABBIT

TaskRabbit is revolutionizing how work gets done. And we’ve already come a long way this year – since January, our task posting volume has grown by 50 percent. Last year, we acquired 1.25 million new users and are on track to double that in 2014. We now have over 25,000 people earning an income on our site, with 10 percent running tasks as a full-time job. Today, we’re excited to unveil our plans to roll out a brand new product experience before the end of July that will make it easier than ever to live smarter by relying on TaskRabbit as your trusted source for home services. This new experience is the result of our users’ feedback. Users on both sides of our marketplace wanted a higher quality, more seamless product experience. Some changes are small – for starters, we received some feedback on our brand terminology. So, once The New TaskRabbit is live, TaskRabbits will be called “Taskers” and TaskPosters will be called “Clients.” Other changes are more significant and based on months of user …

task of the week: bring my forgotten laptop to JFK

Let’s say you’re going on a trip. Your bags are packed and you’re in the cab on the way to the airport. After scrambling to leave for the airport in time, you take a moment to relax your mind before takeoff. Then all of a sudden the relaxation turns to terror and dread. You didn’t! You couldn’t have! You forgot your [insert something essential for the trip your taking] at home! What on Earth can you do? You’re already on the way to the airport and if you turn around and go back, you’ll surely miss the flight.  Y’all know we have an app, right? TaskPoster Jakub S sure did. Jakub was on his way to JFK when it dawned on him that he had left his laptop at his apartment. Already halfway to the airport and two hours before his flight, Jakub’s first thought was, of course, TaskRabbit. He pulled his iPhone out and posted a task to have someone run to his apartment, grab his laptop and meet him at JFK right outside …