All posts tagged: connections

(Talented) People Helping People…It’s Powerful Stuff!

I founded TaskRabbit with the mission to connect people with unique needs to people who have the time and skills to meet those needs.  As a wise man (actually it was Vince Vaughn in Wedding Crashers) once said, “People helping people.  It’s powerful stuff.”  Vince is right. I’ve have seen the power of  “people helping people” in action everyday since I founded TaskRabbit nearly 3 years ago. Our Runners never cease to amaze me; these folks are ridiculously talented. They are experienced and amazing photographers, videographers, chefs, writers, and so much more. I continually hear feedback from Taskers that they are struck by the quality of skilled work done by our Runner community. So much so, in fact, that our Runners are often replacing “professional whatevers”- photographers, chefs, handymen, etc.- to get things done. Consequently, I am now (more than ever) on a mission to make the unique talents and skills of our Runners known to the community- you know, a sort of “Etsy for services.”  I want to put a spotlight on these Runners …

buzzword: community

So, about this whole ‘community’ thing. I took advantage of a slow day at the office to sneak out to a mid-day yoga class, and as we were lying in savasana, my mind drifted to thoughts of community. A room of about 20 people were lying flat on their backs devoid of any stress in their bodies, empty of tension, as they rebuilt and prepared for the day ahead following sixty minutes of moving and breathing together. Some moments were serene, others impossible, but together, we completed the task at hand. I thought about what I take from that community, and how vested I am in it. I enjoy the occasional-to-frequent practice to stay in shape and distract myself from everyday stresses. The studio offers intensive sessions, and regulars are chatty with the instructors, but I prefer to linger more on the outskirts of this community, popping in as I can, and enjoying the somewhat annonymity I can achieve by blending into a crowd of sweaty bodies as I make each class my own challenge. …