All posts filed under: TaskRabbit Partners

#FiestaFriday Gets Weird (and Wonderful)

We have a secret. A crunchy, pointy, popped, corny kind of secret. We’re totally addicted to tortilla popchips. Nacho cheese, ranch, salsa, chili limón — we’d roll around in ’em if they weren’t so sharp. And we’re not the only startup in SF hooked on the pop. TaskRabbits, in cahoots with the rad folks at Sponsorfied and popchips, delivered boxes of the tasty treats to dozens of companies this week. Today, each of these offices is trying to out-party the others to earn the distinction of “nacho above the rest” and a year’s supply of popchips. The competition is pretty fierce and things, well, things are getting a little crazy. See for yourself: The winning startup will be announced on Monday, August 20. In the meantime, you can follow the wonderful weirdness on Twitter #FiestaFriday.      

TaskRabbit Partners with Bravo TV to Launch our Austin Community at SXSWi

You may have heard some of the buzz already, but today, I am thrilled to officially announce that TaskRabbit is launching its Austin market at SXSWi, March 9-13th! To celebrate our newest TaskRabbit community, we’ve partnered with our friends at Bravo and Watch What Happens Live to throw a weeklong launch party! We have tons of awesomeness planned.  We’ve taken over an outdoor venue about 100 yards from the convention center, and transformed it into our very own TaskRabbit Park. Consider it an oasis of fun for the entirety of SXSWi. Here’s a snapshot of the festivities we have planned: Friday, March 9: Kickoff Backyard BBQ –Join us for some delicious grub from Franklin BBQ and enjoy live music by The Lumineers (4:30-8pm) Saturday, March 10: SXSW by Bravo – Come have some cocktails with TaskRabbit & your favorite Bravolebrities, like Top Chef Head Judge, Tom Colicchio and Watch What Happens Live Host, Andy Cohen (6-8pm) Sunday, March 11: Sunday Fryday – It’s all things fried! Come fry up some bananas, pickles and Oreos – …

A Note from the CEO: New Funding, Expanded Leadership & Job Opportunities

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 …

TaskRabbit Perk Program

TaskRabbit has recently been working with a few companies to offer our service as a great perk to their employees.  News broke last week on Gawker regarding a partnership we are exploring, where employees can use TaskRabbit to get laundry done, dry cleaning picked up, help around the house, grocery shopping, etc. The perks are obvious – employees get the extra help they need and some work life balance, while companies get happy and loyal employees that are more focused on their work (without the stresses of the “little” stuff). Popular posts by people include taking shoes to the cobbler, getting Ikea furniture assembled, bags of donations picked up, and groceries delivered. It is a competitive market to keep employees happy, and TaskRabbit as a perk helps to differentiate one work environment from another. We’ve started four-week pilots to test the offering with employees, the goal is to find out how the program works internally, what tasks would employees use, and the overall response from employees.  The response has been overwhelmingly positive throughout these pilots. …

From a dog’s perspective

Hello friends.  Kobe here, the 100-lb yellow lab, that was the inspiration for RunMyErrand.  I’ve been begging my mom to let me write a blog post, but she is such a control freak.  I finally managed to convince her. My life has changed a lot since that cold February evening in 2008.  I remember it vividly, because I was starving and my parents were buzzing around the house getting ready to go somewhere.  I’m not sure where, but the frantic running around is common in my house.  All I wanted was my kibble and bits (and bits and bits), so I sat there staring at them with a stoic demeanor … that always grabs their attention.  Finally, papa went to fill my bowl, but something was wrong … there were no more bits in the bag.  Panic.  Attack.  I mean, seriously guys, I can’t go without two hearty meals a day … I’m not some little chihuahua. As the parents tried to figure out how they were going to feed me, the idea for RunMyErrand …

We’re Not Invisible Anymore

Boo! Happy almost Halloween. Hi, Robbie Vorhaus here, RunMyErrand’s chief storyteller, back to talk about my favorite subject: great stories and, of course, RunMyErrand. Let’s go back a couple years to my best Halloween costume ever. I wrapped my entire head in white gauze, stretching the last layer thinly across my eyes so my head appeared completely covered behind very dark sunglasses. I wore my grandfather’s felt Fedora hat from the 1920s, a deep blue double breasted suit, white button down cotton dress shirt and conservative rep tie, and after I covered my wrists with more gauze, I wore black leather gloves. Not an inch of skin showed anywhere on my body; I was the Invisible Man. There was no identifiable part of my body, I couldn’t talk, and aside from my posture, there was no way to know I was me. I attended several parties that night, closing the evening on a friend’s roof deck, a little chilled from the night air, although enjoying my anonymity. Just before I was ready to leave, a …