All posts tagged: collaborative consumption

San Francisco Takes the Lead on the Sharing Economy

Last night, leaders from around the sharing space gathered with policy makers and innovative citizens at the downtown headquarters of San Francisco’s urban planning and research nonprofit, SPUR, to discuss San Francisco’s move to becoming the world capital of collaborative consumption. Mayor Edwin M. Lee, who’s earned the nickname the “Innovation Mayor,” kicked off the evening with an enthusiastic invitation for every member of the crowd to keep the sharing economy dialogue moving forward. “We’re all part of the initial group of policy makers at City Hall that wants to hear views of the collaborative economy … it’s already piqued our interest because it shows how to use less to do more, how to make an expensive city more affordable to more people,” said Mayor Lee as he introduced his policymaker colleagues. Supervisor Scott Wiener detailed the difficulties involved with shifting policies toward a more collaborative future, pointing out a dichotomy within the city and calling for a city-wide education initiative on the sharing economy. “We are in many ways a cutting edge city in …

TaskRabbit Joins San Francisco’s New Sharing Economy Working Group

UPDATE: Here’s a recap of the event. This evening, Leah will join leaders from other Bay Area collaborative consumption companies to discuss the role city government can have in promoting the shift to a sharing economy. Leah will be joined by Jessica Scorpio, Founder of Getaround; Joe Gebbia, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer for AirBnB; Jamie Wong, Founder and CEO of Vayable; and Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer of the City and County of San Francisco. This incredible group of innovators forms the core of the nation’s first Sharing Economy Working Group. San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, together with Shareable, SPUR, sf.citi, and TechCentralSF, convened this group to develop policy initiatives to promote the sharing economy. “The growing ‘sharing economy’ is leveraging technology and innovation to generate new jobs and income for San Franciscans in every neighborhood and at every income level,” said Mayor Lee. “As the birthplace of this new, more sustainable ‘sharing economy,’ San Francisco must be at the forefront of nurturing its growth, modernizing our laws, and confronting emerging policy issues and …

When TaskRabbit and Skillshare Meet…

Last night at The Hub in San Francisco, our marketing maven Jamie V. handed out some lessons to a sold-out Skillshare class. The topic? How to be a lean, mean marketing machine. Entrepreneurs, marketing and PR pros, and representatives from other collaborative consumption companies all showed up to see how we do it at TaskRabbit. Jamie’s core message was simple: “Give your customers amazing experiences, that’s what’s going to drive your business.” She spoke about the power our community members have in the development of TaskRabbit — pointing out that customer feedback is the most important element to making us better and better each day. At TaskRabbit, we test everything to see what works best for the TaskPosters and the TaskRabbits at the individual level. We also closely monitor community feedback on Twitter and Facebook to continuously improve the user experience. Jamie also talked about the importance of knowing and believing in your mission. Our mission at TaskRabbit is to bring back the neighborhood by providing a marketplace for micro-entrepreneurs to help their busy neighbors get …

The New Model of Work: Why Independent Employment Is Killing the Nine to Five Job

We’re thrilled to report that Leah’s very first column for The Huffington Post’s Small Business section was published this morning. It’s only been live for a few hours and has already trended to the front page. And no wonder, Leah discusses a very cool and exciting vision for the future of work: no more 9-to-5 jobs. Here’s a quick teaser: The term “nine-to-five” has long symbolized a kind of drudgery that sucks up our lives and eclipses our identities, but it wasn’t until the Great Recession that the pejorative phrase was crowned with an entirely new distinction: old-fashioned. Even as the jobless rate continues its slow decline, the still-anemic U.S. employment market is prompting more and more people to do the math: There are 12.8 million workers looking for jobs — that means multiple candidates for every open position. Summation? The paths of least friction and risk are increasingly leading away from traditional employment. Read the entire column here. This installment is the first of many: Leah’s column is dedicated to topics like collaborative consumption, peer-to-peer marketplaces, …

Redefining the Neighborhood

  Our founder and CEO, Leah Busque wowed and inspired the crowd at the TEDxSOMA conference a couple of weeks ago with her thoughts on how TaskRabbit is re-defining the neighborhood. (To view Leah’s full presentation, please click below.) Coincidently, I wrote last week about how we at TaskRabbit are bringing back the neighborhood by connecting folks in a community to share their time and skills. In her TED presentation, Leah goes one step further. She describes how TaskRabbit is not only resurrecting the neighborhood but also re-defining what it means to be part of a neighborhood.   As Leah mentions in the video, people have formed communities and neighborhoods since the beginning of time. We are intrinsically collaborative and social beings; at our core, we just want to belong. Typically, neighborhood formation has relied on physical space and proximity. However, this model is changing.  Neighborhoods can now be formed around specific interests, your dynamic location, or perhaps even the time of day. For example, there are online forums on almost any topic – forming a …

Task of the Week: TaskRabbit to Help Prep for Airbnb Guests

This Task is a great example of the power of collaborative consumption in revolutionizing the way people interact, consume, and get things done on a daily basis. The Sender, Jamie W., wanted help tidying up her apartment – not because her parents were visiting or because she was hosting a dinner party for friends.  Nope, it’s because she was having an Airbnb guest crash at her place.  If you haven’t heard of this awesome service, Airbnb connects folks who have space to spare – a room, a bed, a couch, a futon – with those folks who are looking for a place to stay.  Just like TaskRabbit, Airbnb is disrupting the conventional way of getting things done by tapping into the power of the community. Love it! With little time to spare between visiting guests, Jamie was looking for a fast and easy way to get her place in tip-top shape.  Voila! TaskRabbit to the rescue!  Jamie got connected to an awesome TaskRabbit, Jacob Paul Q., within just 30 minutes of posting the Task, and the job …

Collaborative Consumption: Pioneering a New Way to Consume

We have a revolution on our hands – a collaborative consumption revolution, that is. We all know that we can’t sustain the pace of consumption we (meaning, humanity) set in the 20th century.  Our consumption of goods was off-the-charts excessive and extravagant over the last 100 years. Well- gone are these days of uber-consumption- the days when consumers purchased one new piece of clothing every 5.5 days. Whatever the reason- the economic doldrums, the focus on de-cluttering our lives- consumers are becoming increasingly cost-conscious and prudent…and collaborating and sharing to consume smarter. Fortunately, the Pioneers of Collaborative Consumption (so named by Rachel Botsman, the author of What’s Mine is Yours) are delivering unique product ideas and concepts that satiate this new appetite for sharing, bartering, exchanging, etc. These pioneers are reinventing not only what we consume but how we consume by focusing on the power of the community to barter, share, and swap products and services.  There are so many great examples of collaborative consumption at work. We, at TaskRabbit, are revolutionizing the way people get …