All posts tagged: leah busque

TaskRabbit Deliveries

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.

@ImageThink Leah Busque

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.

TaskVan Leah Busque

A Week in the Life of the TaskVan

Well that was fun! This week, Team TaskRabbit had a blast roaming the streets of Austin in a giant, mobile bunny. With its regal fur waving in the Texas wind, the TaskVan was the most majestic thing on the streets of SXSWi. We spent each day delighting conference attendees, smiling for photos, and doling out some pretty incredible goodies. Here’s a rundown of some of the week’s highlights: We loaded up on pies from Austin’s beloved Home Slice Pizza and handed out slices to everyone waiting for their badges in the enormous registration line. We handed out custom TaskVan T-shirts and awesome TaskRabbit shades to everyone who came near the van. We surprised people with gorgeous Sesame Gift sets throughout the week. The lucky recipients loved the beautiful packaging and thoughtfully curated gifts Didn’t get one? Find Sesame on the web, in the iTune store, or on Facebook. We picked up delicious treats from Amy’s Ice Creams and turned the TaskVan into a furry ice cream truck on the hottest day of the festival. We …

Lean In grid

TaskRabbit Signs On As Launch Partner For LeanIn.org

TaskRabbit is thrilled to announce today that it has signed on as a launch partner for LeanIn.org. Catalyzed by the book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In’s mission is to create a global community dedicated to supporting women “leaning in” to their ambitions. With an all-female C-Suite and incredible women at every level of the organization, TaskRabbit is a natural partner for this incredible new movement. [pullthis]“TaskRabbit is leaning in because we’ve seen first-hand what happens when women lead,” said TaskRabbit founder and CEO Leah Busque. “Talented, dedicated men and women at all levels and in all departments have built this company and helped shape a movement in the technology world, and I look forward to further championing this ideology as a Lean In partner.”[/pullthis][pullshow] As a Lean In launch partner, TaskRabbit joins an impressive array of companies and organizations including Linkedin, Google, Virgin America, American Express, and Teach for America. LeanIn.org consists of three integrated programs. First, the Lean In Community, an online group …

Austin City SXSW

Five Things TaskRabbit Loves About SXSW

We’re pretty excited about heading down to Austin this week. Leah will be giving an exciting talk about the role of social reputation and trust mechanisms in our lives, and TaskRabbits will be on the ground helping companies, brands, and attendees. Since we still have to wait another day to pull on our cowboy boots, we put together this list of the five things we’re most excited about at this year’s festival: Panels, Talks, and Sessions This year’s lineup of speakers is overwhelmingly awesome. We wish we could clone ourselves and soak up all the knowledge that will be doled out around town during the week. The things we’re most looking forward to? Lyft / Zimride Co-Founder John Zimmer will chat about the role of UX in peer-to-peer marketplaces. RelayRides Founder Shelby Clark will speak alongside Airbnb’s Nate Blecharczyk and Etsy’s Juliet Gorman on the power of the sharing economy. Tumblr Founder David Karp will talk about building tools for the 85 million creators on the social content platform. Productivity guru Tim Ferriss will teach us …

TaskRabbit Leadership Team

TaskRabbit Names Google Veteran Stacy Brown-Philpot as Chief Operating Officer

Today, we’re thrilled to announce that Stacy Brown-Philpot is joining TaskRabbit as Chief Operating Officer. Stacy’s extensive global experience in operations, business development, and finance makes her the perfect fit to lead these functions at TaskRabbit as we continue to grow and scale our marketplace. Stacy joins TaskRabbit’s founder and CEO Leah Busque and Chief Revenue Officer Anne Raimondi to lead the company. Stacy comes to TaskRabbit from Google Ventures, where she served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, advising the firm’s portfolio companies in the consumer and business technology, marketplace, mobile, and payment sectors. Prior to that, Stacy spent nearly a decade at Google, leading global operations for flagship products, including Search, Chrome, and Google+. In addition to deep experience on the consumer product side, Stacy held several senior-level finance positions at Google. Her responsibilities included managing the company’s revenue in select verticals, launching international finance operations, developing payment solutions, and implementing world-class customer operations. She also served as Head of Online Sales and Operations for Google India, where she directed remote sales and support for the …

Business Partnerships

Plays Well With Others: Brand Partnerships and Your Business

Entrepreneurs have a natural inclination to go it alone. While this do-it-yourself spirit can help you move forward, adding an element of collaboration into the mix can make you unstoppable. Partnering with another brand lets you broaden your reach, accomplish more with fewer resources, and create extraordinary experiences for your current (and future) customers. These types of partnerships can also spark enormous innovation in product and business. We’ll go into detail on those areas in my next column, but today I’d like to focus on the marketing potential of brand partnerships. When considering whether or not a particular partner would be a good marketing match, I ask myself four key questions: Do the brands mesh well? One of the wisest words to keep in mind when dipping your toes into the co-branding partnership realm is “No.” This isn’t Nascar, where brands can just slap a logo on a car and call it a successful partnership. If brand identities don’t align, if there’s no overarching story that joins your company with your potential partner, just say …

Leah Busque, Featured Speaker at SXSW 2013

We’re very excited to announce that Leah Busque will be joining Tim Ferriss, Jane Pratt, Peter Thiel, and other impressive thought leaders as a featured speaker for SXSW Interactive 2013. Leah’s talk — “Reputation as a Currency: Is the Resume Extinct?” — will center around the role that trust mechanisms such as ratings and reviews have played in the evolution of online transactions. She’ll discuss how social capital, which is fundamentally changing the way we think about markets, power, online connections, and personal identity, is replacing the credit score in our new digital society. Need a little trust talk to tide you over until SXSW? Read Leah’s Huffington Post column, “The Role (and Future) of Social Reputation.”

Push Your Company As Far As You Can Every Single Day

Our founder Leah Busque knows a thing or two about staying motivated. Ever heard her speak? She’s constantly dropping nuggets of wisdom for founders and aspiring entrepreneurs alike. If you’re in need of a little inspiration to keep your business moving forward, look no further than this (free!) downloadable wallpaper we made to pay homage to something Leah says all the time: “Push your company as far as you can every single day.” Just click the image below to view in full size, then right click to download. For Mac: 1. Download the swanky wallpaper. 2. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences, select Desktop & Screensaver (in Personal section) 3. Select the wallpaper file. 4. Revel in the awesomeness of your new desktop image. For PC: 1. Download the swanky wallpaper. 2. Right-click the image 3. Select “Set as Desktop Background” 4. Revel in the awesomeness of your new desktop image. For iPhone: 1. Download the swanky wallpaper, then sync to your iPhone. 2. Click the “Photos” icon. 3. Select the picture, then select …

Making the Leap: A Founder’s To-Do List

There are countless pieces of advice available to new entrepreneurs. Guidance on how to efficiently manage time, how to network, how to find investors, and how to build and test a product that people want to buy. Frankly, it’s a lot to sift through. For a comprehensive guide to what every founder needs to do, look no further than our very own Leah Busque. In her latest Huffington Post column, “Making the Leap: A Founder’s To-Do List,” Leah compiled her twenty top nuggets of hard-earned wisdom for new (and veteran) founders. Whether you’re thinking of making the leap into starting your own company or you’re already half-way to the other side, this one’s worth a read. Making the leap into starting your own business is a brave and bold move, and everyone’s path is different. There are plenty of things I wish I’d known when I decided to quit my position at IBM and work on the idea that later became TaskRabbit. Maybe that’s why one of the things I cherish most about being a founder …