All posts tagged: Astrid

My Productivity Secret: Embrace the Path of Least Resistance

The desire to pursue the path of least resistance is a fundamental law of our universe. Successful leaders are hailed for their seemingly inhuman ability to ignore the path of least resistance and instead always take steps toward success, but what I think really happens is that they engineer a path of least resistance that leads to success. [pullshow] [pullthis]The fact that electrons follow the path of least resistance allows electrical engineers to create computers, TVs, and smartphones that perform predictably. When I press the letter “A” on my keyboard, the carefully engineered system in my laptop creates a path of least resistance for electrical signals that display the letter “A” on my screen. [/pullthis]Hardware engineers have never tried to motivate electrons with stock options or given them performance reviews in the hope that they pursue a more noble path. Rather, they put the electrons in a system that is designed to operate properly because they follow the path of least resistance. Similarly, if you design a workflow and environment where the path of least …

TaskRabbit’s API is now available and we’re proud to be working with 3 great partners!

As you may have heard, the product team and I have been busy preparing our API for its public release. Well, today, I am excited to announce that the TaskRabbit API is now available! Third-party applications now have the ability to integrate with TaskRabbit’s API, allowing their users to seamlessly outsource their to-do workflow via TaskRabbit. There are two ways to implement TaskRabbit’s API within an application. The first is via direct integration, where a third-party application or Web service can engage with TaskRabbit on behalf of a company. Here’s an example: YouEye, an online user testing platform for rapid feedback on any website, is leveraging TaskRabbit’s API to seamlessly staff user testing jobs on behalf of their customers. The diversity of the TaskRabbit’s community offers YouEye customers affordable insights into how people with varied backgrounds engage and experience websites in the real world. The second is a per user integration. Imagine a world where you can log on to your favorite productivity or to-do list app, and with a click of a button, you could instantly …