All posts tagged: Hiring

How to Hire Extraordinary People

The more than 50 people on our team have totally different interests, hobbies, tastes, backgrounds, and skills, but we also have an awful lot in common. For example, it’s no secret that we’re all culture junkies here at TaskRabbit. We’re also obsessed with sharing, learning, and food. Oh, and we’re all totally product and data-driven. What is this, a cult? Nope, it’s just the results of some really fantastic people sourcing. Our founder knows a thing or two about hiring amazing people (if we do say so ourselves), and she decided to share this wisdom in her latest Huffington Post column, “How to Hire Extraordinary People.” Here’s a peek: Hiring’s tough. It’s not just filtering through hundreds of applications and blocking out big chunks of your day for interviews — those are the simple parts. The difficult thing is the nagging feeling that, despite your best efforts, the perfect candidate will somehow fall through the cracks. This feeling is deepened by screening processes designed for efficiently identifying suitable candidates, rather than isolating the absolute best …

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 …