All posts filed under: Community + Neighborhoods

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. 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 …

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Task of the Week: Send My Love to Boston

Like many of you, we’ve been mighty worried about Boston this past week. Not only is it our founding city, it’s also a place that many of us here at TaskRabbit HQ still call “home.” It’s been difficult to witness our neighbors, family, and friends go through this very trying week, knowing that there’s not much we can do to help from here in San Francisco. One thing we’ve learned this week is that any little bit of love can help bring some comfort. We’ve been truly inspired by the way our community is using TaskRabbit to help show Boston how much they care. From San Francisco’s Hunter W. hiring TaskRabbit Stacie S. to deliver some cookies to the Watertown Police Department to Ashley M. sending TaskRabbit Minh T. to buy a round of drinks for folks at a neighborhood bar, you guys are really showing some love to our neighbors in Boston. Keep it up!

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Behind-the-Scenes With Blue Genie, Creators of the TaskVan

A lot of people have been asking us what it was like to drive around in the TaskVan all week: It was awesome. There’s nothing like people running up to your vehicle for a hug, or taking some time to pet your fur, or taking photos en masse of your every move. People absolutely loved the TaskVan, and we felt that love in a big way. People didn’t love it just because it was weird, people loved it because it was beautiful and friendly, with a personality all its own. [pullshow] That’s exactly what the creative team responsible for making the TaskVan a reality had in mind. The artists at Austin’s very own Blue Genie Art Industries built the TaskVan from a simple idea and a van borrowed from a local rock band. Along the way, they battled rain, gravity, and a wicked case of maker remorse. We caught up with Kevin Collins, principal artist at Blue Genie, to find out more: When TaskRabbit approached you with the idea for the TaskVan, what was your …

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A Week in the Life of the TaskVan

Well that was fun! This week, Team TaskRabbit had a blast roaming the streets of Austin in a giant, mobile bunny. With its regal fur waving in the Texas wind, the TaskVan was the most majestic thing on the streets of SXSWi. We spent each day delighting conference attendees, smiling for photos, and doling out some pretty incredible goodies. Here’s a rundown of some of the week’s highlights: We loaded up on pies from Austin’s beloved Home Slice Pizza and handed out slices to everyone waiting for their badges in the enormous registration line. We handed out custom TaskVan T-shirts and awesome TaskRabbit shades to everyone who came near the van. We surprised people with gorgeous Sesame Gift sets throughout the week. The lucky recipients loved the beautiful packaging and thoughtfully curated gifts Didn’t get one? Find Sesame on the web, in the iTune store, or on Facebook. We picked up delicious treats from Amy’s Ice Creams and turned the TaskVan into a furry ice cream truck on the hottest day of the festival. We …

Have You Seen the TaskVan?

The TaskRabbit Crew is having a blast driving around Austin in the TaskVan. We’re roaming the streets handing out goodies and treats galore. We’ll be surprising people all week with awesome goodies from Lambert’s BBQ, Amy’s Ice Cream, Home Slice Pizza, Hotel Tonight, Uber, Sincerely, Sesame, Fab.com, BIRCHBOX, and Instacanv.as. We also have some pretty sweet TaskRabbit surprises up our sleeve. This gorgeous, furry beast was custom-built for us by the awesome Austin-based artists at Blue Genie Art Industries. If you’re in Austin and want to see the TaskVan, simply grab the latest TaskRabbit app. You’ll be able to track us around town all week — you can even hail us from the app. Even if you’re not in Austin, keep it tuned to #TaskVan on Twitter to see what we’re up to: Tweets about “#TaskVan” //

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Five Things TaskRabbit Loves About SXSW

We’re pretty excited about heading down to Austin this week. Leah will be giving an exciting talk about the role of social reputation and trust mechanisms in our lives, and TaskRabbits will be on the ground helping companies, brands, and attendees. Since we still have to wait another day to pull on our cowboy boots, we put together this list of the five things we’re most excited about at this year’s festival: Panels, Talks, and Sessions This year’s lineup of speakers is overwhelmingly awesome. We wish we could clone ourselves and soak up all the knowledge that will be doled out around town during the week. The things we’re most looking forward to? Lyft / Zimride Co-Founder John Zimmer will chat about the role of UX in peer-to-peer marketplaces. RelayRides Founder Shelby Clark will speak alongside Airbnb’s Nate Blecharczyk and Etsy’s Juliet Gorman on the power of the sharing economy. Tumblr Founder David Karp will talk about building tools for the 85 million creators on the social content platform. Productivity guru Tim Ferriss will teach us …

America's Next Top Doggie Model Zeus

Fashion God Zeus and Haute Dog | SF

On Friday, February 8th we’ll be sponsoring the hottest event in the doggie fashion world. Okay, so it might be the only event in the doggie fashion world — but we’re still really excited! Haute Dog | SF will take over the San Francisco Design Center for an evening of puppy couture, with all proceeds benefitting one of our favorite causes — Canine Companions for Independence. Representing TaskRabbit’s canine contingent will be the mighty Zeus. He’s six pounds of fabulous with more steely looks than Zoolander, and we know he’s gonna do great. If you’re in San Francisco and you’d like to support Zeus and the fantastic pooches of Canine Companions, grab your tickets now. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Haute Dog | SF event site.

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Rally.org and Raising a Better Tomorrow

We take great pride in the role TaskRabbit plays in helping companies thrive. When those companies are structured to empower nonprofits, campaigns, and personal causes to get the rocket fuel they need to change the world — well, then we just can’t stop smiling. This week,  we caught up with Sachi Doctor, Marketing and Communications Manager for Rally.org, to learn more about the organization’s commitment to helping people raise money for what matters. Sachi shared some of her favorite Rally.org projects, along with a vision for The Cause Economy of the future. What’s the mission of Rally.org? “Rally.org is an online social fundraising tool that harnesses the power of storytelling, making it easy to raise more money for what matters. Through a streamlined donation process, Rally.org helps you grow your network of supporters as you turn each donor into a potential fundraiser. These champions can share your story through Facebook, Twitter, or email, and create their own personalized version of your donation page. With powerful, yet easy to understand analytics, Rally.org tracks what works, helping you …

Here’s How We’re Celebrating MLK Day — Will You Join Us?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired us to look beyond ourselves and consider the impact we can have on others. As a nation, we honor his life and legacy in many ways — perhaps the most important of which is Martin Luther King Day. [pullthis]Most holidays were designed to give us time off, but this one demands we take it as “time on” to give back to our communities through action.[/pullthis][pullshow] To celebrate Dr. King’s commitment to giving back, we’ll donate our service fee for all Donation Tasks posted between now and Tuesday to GLIDE. The San Francisco-based organization works tirelessly to bring about real change for people at the neighborhood level, and has served as a model for service organizations throughout the country. We’re very excited to show them our support. We hope you’ll consider donating items such as furniture, clothing, books, or household goods to organizations in your neighborhood. TaskRabbits can help organize, pack, and deliver all your donations. They can even go grocery shopping and deliver items to your local food bank. With …