All posts tagged: sharing

Vayable Local Expierence

Vayable Makes Everyone a Local

We’re mighty proud to be part of the sharing economy, so you can imagine how excited we are to count so many collaborative consumption companies in the TaskRabbit for Business community. This week we decided to catch up with the co-founder and CEO of one of our favorite companies, Jamie Wong of Vayable. By providing an incredible marketplace that makes it easy to access local experts, Vayable is redefining the art of travel. Jamie was kind enough to chat with us about her vision for Vayable — and how TaskRabbits are helping her realize it. What’s the mission of Vayable? “To enable entrepreneurship, cultural exchange, and community worldwide by empowering people to share experiences with others.” How do TaskRabbits help out the Vayable team? “‘How doesn’t the Vayable team use TaskRabbit?’ might be a better question. TaskRabbits deliver us food, Apple equipment, and matzo ball soup for our friends when they get sick. They’ve helped us move (several times), and kept us healthy with juice cleanses and warm with firewood for our in-office fireplace.” What …

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, …

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 …