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TaskRabbit Launches in 5 New Cities

Today marks the beginning of TaskRabbit’s 20 city launch. Over the next six months, we’re committed to providing work opportunities to more cities across the U.S. and continuing to connect more people to high-quality and reliable local Taskers. You can now hire a trusted and experienced Tasker to get things repaired and refreshed around your home in: In addition to opening up work opportunities, we’re also launching TaskRabbit For Good (TR4G). Our goal for this program is to stand for something bigger than ourselves by empowering individuals & teams to grow stronger as a community. TR4G is committed to supporting programs that aid job creation and prevent homelessness, but also support the non-profit initiatives of Taskers. With 60,000 Taskers in our community, we hope to provide them with opportunities to give back and serve their local communities so together, we can make an impact on the world around us.

Big City, Tiny Task: Building an NYC Tiny House in 72 Hours

Here at TaskRabbit, we’re revolutionizing everyday work by finding new ways to tackle it together. We can all accomplish more as a team, and we’re on a mission to prove it. We believe that big changes can start with #ATinyTask. Follow along as we challenge a group of 10 Taskers to build a fully-outfitted, livable Tiny House in the middle of Manhattan in just 72 hours – all for a good cause. Why Build Tiny? This Tiny House serves a greater purpose — a symbol for community and rethinking how people live; empowering communities to work together to tackle complex challenges. Our Tiny House is up for auction at atinytask.com, where 100% of the proceeds will go to Community Solutions, a national nonprofit helping communities take on complex social challenges through collaboration and creative problem solving. We share Community Solutions’ belief that difficult, nuanced problems can be solved by helping people learn to work together in new and creative ways. Our team is thrilled to support their work to help communities become better, more adaptive problem …

Changing the Face of Diversity in Tech: Our CBC Tech 2020 African American Inclusion Plan

Diversity — of thought, of ethnicity, of gender, of sexual orientation — any way you define it, it’s an essential piece of shaping ideas that can impact the world in meaningful ways. In the world of technology, it’s common knowledge that we don’t have enough of it. Underrepresentation of minorities and women has run rampant within the tech industry for decades, and though companies have continued to discuss the issue, creating new roles to address disappointing hiring statistics, the problem still persists. At TaskRabbit, the importance of diversity and inclusion has been a part of our DNA since day one, with a workforce that’s 58% female, 11% African American, 5% Latino, 11% Asian, and 11% LGBTQ. Even so, we know there is so much more to do. We always have to ask ourselves what doing more truly looks like. How can we address these issues in a way that moves the needle and exposes our team, and the industry, to more of our best and brightest minds? Today, we’re proud to present our African American …

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 …

From the Big Apple to Big Ben, TaskRabbit is hopping across the Atlantic

 “Every Superhero needs a sidekick. Find yours on TaskRabbit”  Every day at TaskRabbit, we receive requests from all over the world to bring our marketplace to new cities, but one international city has peaked interest beyond all others.  That’s why today, we’re thrilled to finally announce that we’re taking a hop across the Atlantic and bringing TaskRabbit to London. From Shoreditch to Stoke Newington, Bermondsey to Belsize Park, Kensington to Kentish Town, our British Taskers will be out in force shortly and ready to help time-pressed Londoners tackle their to-do lists. So whether you’re a busy mum in Hampstead who needs someone to deep clean the house, a commuter who needs help with their Christmas wrapping or a career woman in Clapham who simply needs a handyman to assemble IKEA furniture – busy Londoners will be able to outsource these tasks through TaskRabbit and focus on the important things in life, be it family, friends or even pre-Christmas exercise! We’ve come a long way from our San Francisco start-up roots. Five years on, and we now have …

TaskRabbit Launches in 5 Cities, On Track to Welcome 1.25 Million New Users in 2013

It’s been a busy and exciting couple of months at TaskRabbit and we’ve got an awesome update to share. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that TaskRabbit is now live in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.  Each of these cities are vibrant, entrepreneurial (and busy) communities and we couldn’t be happier to start helping people there. We’ve trained our inaugural TaskRabbits in those cities and, starting today, they are ready to help you with all your tasks! In these five new cities combined, we have brought on over 2,000 new TaskRabbits to the community, bringing the total number to over 15,000 across the US. And the growth doesn’t stop there! TaskPoster growth has been tremendous as well – we are on track to welcome 1.25 million new users in 2013 alone. We’ve also been working hard on our mobile initiatives, with several updates to our iPhone app in the past month, including a slew of new features and optimization that has increased app processing speed by 300 percent. Keep an eye out for a …

TaskRabbit Launches Solution For Businesses To Hire Ongoing, Temporary Help

Businesses are an integral part of TaskRabbit, posting more than 35 percent of tasks. It’s been awesome to see how companies have used, and continue to use, the TaskRabbit platform to build and grow their business. To cater to these specific needs, we launched a dedicated TaskRabbit for Business dashboard back in February. Today, we’re excited to announce the latest advancement in the TaskRabbit for Business experience: a solution that makes it easy for companies to hire ongoing, long-term help through TaskRabbit. Through this new experience, our business customers can access our 10,000+ background-checked and fully vetted TaskRabbits for temporary jobs that take multiple days, weeks, or even months to complete. [pullshow] “Over the past few months, we’ve noticed a trend in companies using the TaskRabbit platform as an easy and reliable way to staff temporary employees,” says Victor Echevarria, TaskRabbit’s Head of Business Development. “We’ve learned that many businesses are frustrated with the current temping solutions, which often prove slow, expensive, and inefficient. Hiring managers are tired of spending enormous amounts of time sifting …

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TaskRabbit Delivers a New, Streamlined Delivery Experience

We showed off our swanky new design identity last week and today we’re excited to unveil our new, streamlined user experience. We’ve made it easier than ever to use the TaskRabbit marketplace for our most popular task types: delivery and shopping. The new experience allows users to: Post delivery and shopping tasks quickly Choose the time window you want your delivery to arrive Easily schedule via mobile, tablet, or web “Deliveries have long been our most popular task category and we saw tremendous success with our San Francisco deliveries pilot,” says Leah Busque, TaskRabbit’s founder and CEO. “We’ve taken the best of Deliver Now to make posting every delivery and shopping task seamless.” Deliver Now users will be directed to the new TaskRabbit Deliveries experience starting today. Go to TaskRabbit Deliveries.

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Ideas are Discoveries, Leah Busque @99U

5 Lessons I’ve Learned From Discovering TaskRabbit from TaskRabbit Leah just finished speaking to a packed house at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall for the 2013 99u Conference. The topic? Her top five lessons learned from founding TaskRabbit. For a little end-of-week inspiration, take a look at her presentation above and these awesome sketch notes from audience members below.