Tag Archive: Leah Busque

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    by Angie Chang

    Young CEOs Of Startups Find Benefits, Challenges By Hiring Employees 40 And Older

    Young startups tend to hire younger workers.

    By Nate C. Hindman (Writer, Huffington Post)

    Eric Grosse’s rite of passage at TaskRabbit, a San Francisco-based web startup, came late last year at the company’s annual holiday party. It was just one month after TaskRabbit hired Grosse, who was previously a senior executive at Expedia, the online travel giant. Someone at the party turned on the office’s Xbox and popped in the game Dance Central. Suddenly, Grosse, who is 42, found himself in a virtual dance-off with his co-workers, most of whom are in their 20s.

    Despite some dexterous dance moves, Grosse is still considered the old guy at the office. Had he remained in corporate America, his age would be unremarkable, but young companies

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    by Angie Chang

    TaskRabbit Founder Leah Busque On Finding Mentors (Video)

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Leah Busque, founder of TaskRabbit and current Chief Product Officer, talks about the power of networks like Women 2.0.

    She encourages early-stage entrepreneurs to reach out and acquire great mentors and advisors right away. A former software engineer, Leah was not on the business side but her advisors and mentors helped her grow her company.

    Today, TaskRabbit employs over 40 and has expanded service to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York

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    by Angie Chang

    Raising Money And Moving Past Imperfections

    By Sonya Lee (User Experience Design Consultant, Mowie Media)

    Being Asian, I have learned from my Chinese parents and family to aim for perfection. The viral Troll.me image of “You are the 99? Why not 100%?” strikes a deep cord in my soul because it is so true!

    It is this sense of perfection has both helped push me to owning a design consulting business but also held me back in taking my next new venture, Wine and Food Travel, to the next level.

    Sheila Lirio Marcelo of Care.com hit the nail on the spot when talking about raising capital for startups. She elaborates, “When are you ready to raise money and start a business, it isn’t

  4. Coolest Startups in America
    by Angie Chang

    The Coolest Startups In America (Featuring Women Entrepreneurs)

    By Doreen Bloch (Author, The Coolest Startups in America)

    I am ecstatic to debut on Women 2.0 the launch of my first book, The Coolest Startups in America.

    Women 2.0 is a revered space online to inform people about accomplishments by women in the startup community; through my book, I bring a similar mission to the offline world – informing mainstream audiences, who may be new to the world of innovation, all about the incredible startups all around the US and why they should care.

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    by Angie Chang

    From PITCH Conference 2012: Love & Startups At Women 2.0

    By Carolyn Gerin (Creator, Antibride Productions)

    Live from Women 2.0 Pitch Conference in Mountain View, I’m happy to be at the Computer History Museum surrounded by some of the hottest female-founded tech startups in modern history.

    We are experiencing a Femme Tech Boom and today is ground zero for innovation, creation and atta girl “can-do” attitude. If you think it’s all about the cult of the Zuck, think again, these ladies who launch got moxie, money and energy to burn.

    The idea is to get the mic in your hand and show ‘em

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders To Watch: Chief Product Officers

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Do you remember when serial tech entrepreneur Caterina Fake graced the cover of Newsweek magazine for founding Flickr?

    Women are often identified as consumers of market goods, but seldom recognized for their ability to create products – from consumer goods like Giddy Snacks in Whole Foods stores to venture-funded tech startups like Songkick.

    We at Women 2.0 are celebrating product innovators that happen to be women on Valentine’s Day – join us for a day of speakers on product innovation.

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    by Angie Chang

    The Changing Workplace: Women Entrepreneurs

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    San Francisco is teaming with women who have the technological know-how to solve daily problems. These innovative solutions apply to all fronts and industries, ranging from:

    • Finding new dishes instead of restaurants (Foodspotting)
    • Getting kid-friendly entertainment delivered to your door (Kiwi Crate)
    • Leveraging the quantified self for self-improvement (LARK)
    • Maximizing efficiency (TaskRabbit)

    What do these these female-founded startups have in common? Women entrepreneurs have found

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    by Angie Chang

    The Best $750 I Ever Spent Bootstrapping My Startup: One Plane Ticket West

    By Leah Busque (Founder, TaskRabbit)

    Editor’s note: Vote Leah Busque for TechCrunch’s Founder of the Year!

    It was Friday and it had been a long week. I was back in Boston after spending the last two weeks in Palo Alto, participating in the Facebook Fund program (fbFund).

    Over the past 12 weeks, in fact, I was flying back and forth between Boston and San Francisco, alternating weeks on each coast. My company TaskRabbit (RunMyErrand.com at the time) was up and running in Boston, and I was splitting my time between the two cities in order to get the most out of the fbFund incubator program while continuing to grow my business in Boston.

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    by Angie Chang

    Am I The Female Zuckerberg? No, I’m The Next Busque.

    By Leah Busque (Founder, TaskRabbit)

    Editor’s note: TaskRabbit Founder Leah Busque will be speaking at the PITCH Conference on February 14, 2012 in Mountain View, CA. Get your ticket now!

    We’ve all been compared to someone at some point. It’s often a physical comparison — “you look just like so and so!” — but sometimes it’s a reflection of similar personality traits, mannerisms, or behavior. However, it’s not often that someone is compared to one of the most famous people in the world. But, that’s the situation I found myself in a few weeks ago.

    The best way to sum up my reaction when I first saw my head on Mark Zuckerberg’s body in the December 2011 issue of San Francisco Magazine — surprised. I’m confident

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    by Angie Chang

    Founder Friday Networking Mixers (January 6 in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and New York)

    By Sepideh Nasiri (Corporate Sponsorships & Events Director, Women 2.0)

    Women 2.0 is hosting four Founder Friday networking events for women entrepreneurs and their friends on Friday, January 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and and New York.

    Due to the holidays, Founder Friday Barcelona and Founder Friday Madrid (both in Spain) will not be holding Founder Friday mixers this month — they will resume in February 2012.

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    by Angie Chang

    TaskRabbit: Helping Women Build Companies Since 2008

    By Leah Busque (Founder, TaskRabbit)

    Editor’s note: You can nominate Leah Busque for the Founder of the Year 2011 thru December 13!

    I recently read an article about the work/ life balance of successful women. In it, there was a stat about the percent of highly successful women who actually do their own grocery shopping. While the actual percentage escapes me, the number was extremely low. Not surprising! It’s necessary (and a real skill) to acknowledge where your time is best spent and make conscious decisions to focus on those areas.

    Time is our most limited resource and knowing how to maximize it is imperative. To achieve the highest productivity and well-being for you (and society as a whole), as

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    by Angie Chang

    Day 3: Final Presentations At Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2011

    By Christina Gunarto & Angie Chang (Co-Organizers, Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2011)

    On Sunday, the teams wasted no time working on their projects. The Hatchery was filled with both excitement and anxiety building up to pitch time.

    Everyone was full of energy, squeezing every last ounce of thought from their brains and coding away to put together the final product, presentation and hopefully, a working demo for the judges.

    At 6pm, all 150 participants squeezed in for a group photo. One last hurrah before demo time!

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    by Managing Editor

    How Leah Busque Single-Handedly Created Thousands of Jobs

    By Jolie O’Dell (Contributor, VentureBeat)


    Leah Busque, founder of TaskRabbit, is passionate about creating a community of “micro-entrepreneurs” — people who work autonomously on a part-time or full-time basis.

    Her company, which only operates in a limited number of geographic areas so far, has already created several thousand opportunities for this kind of work.

    On the site, people list their needs for help with specific tasks (and) other people — called “taskrabbits” — get the job done

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    by Managing Editor

    Naturally Gifted Female Founders to Watch In Tech

    By Elissa Rose (Assistant Editor, Women 2.0)

    This week at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, there was a panel titled “What if you could create a startup?” The panel was made up of women, one of which was a Partner at the VC firm Andreessen Horowitz. She said, as paraphrased by Forbes, “she thinks that women should work on things they are naturally gifted at, and she believes shopping is one of them.”

    Here at Women 2.0, we believe the best response is to give some notable counter-examples to her assertion. The following are naturally gifted female founders doing what they’re best at and making money doing it — and none are limited to the pink ghetto.

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    by Angie Chang

    Leah Busque, TaskRabbit Founder, Interview with Foundation

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief)

    Kevin Rose interviews Leah Busque (Founder, TaskRabbit) for his new series Foundation. She talks about a love for efficiency, math and computer science, and going to a small women’s college to be one of six computer science majors.

    After graduating, she worked at IBM as a software engineer where she had to decide between a career at IBM or starting her own startup. The real prototype came when she left IBM and spent her summer coding — she calls it one of the funnest summer of her life.

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    by Angie Chang

    The Women Behind Hot Silicon Valley Startups, Named by Business Insider

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Jessica Scorpio, one of the co-founders of Getaround is missing from the list of Getaround co-founders on Business Insider’s “20 Hot Silicon Valley Startups You Need To Watch”. Getaround lets you rent cars from each other. Follow her on Twitter at @jessicascorpio.

    StyleSeat co-founder Melody McCloskey made the list as well. She says StyleSeat’s market is a $40 billion beauty/booking niche where most small businesses depend on word-of-mouth referrals. StyleSeat gives beauty professionals tools to manage, build and grow their businesses.

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    by Angie Chang

    From Boston Software Engineer to Running A Venture-Backed Startup in San Francisco

    By Leah Busque (Founder & CEO, TaskRabbit)

    The Beginning of TaskRabbit

    It was a cold night in Boston in February 2008. My husband, Kevin and I were getting ready to go out to dinner and had just called a cab when we realized we were out of dog food for our yellow lab. We thought of our options — have the cab stop on the way home to pick up dog food, or run to store real quick before dinner. None was very appealing.

    Both my husband and I are in technology so we tend to have some geeky conversations. That night it turned into — “Wouldn’t it be nice if there was just a place online we could go, say we needed dog food, and name the price we were willing to pay. We were certain there was someone in our neighborhood willing to help us out.”

    In that moment of inspiration (or desperation), TaskRabbit was born. Little did I realize that my life would take a dramatic turn.

    The Beginning of TaskRabbit

    I spent four months talking to anyone who would listen about the TaskRabbit concept. One of the people I met was Scott Griffith, the CEO of Zipcar. I didn’t know Scott before, but a friend of a friend introduced us. I spent 30 minutes describing my vision for TaskRabbit and at the end of the conversation he said, “I think you are onto something here. I think you should see how far you can take it.”

    In fact, this response “see how far you can take it” was a common theme with the people that I met. Thankfully, no one said, “You are insane, this is an awful idea!.” So four months later, in June of 2008, I decided to quit my job at IBM and build the first version of the TaskRabbit website. I cashed out my IBM pension to float us for the next six month, hoping that would be enough time to see what I could do with the idea.

    Before that fateful night, I spent 7 years working as a software engineer at IBM, building enterprise software.

    I loved my job and I really enjoyed the people I worked with at IBM. But that flash of inspiration had taken a hold of me — I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I had more to offer and more skills to develop and share beyond programming.

    I holed myself up for 10 weeks in the summer of 2008 and coded the first version of TaskRabbit. It was a rough MVP, but it was enough to determine if there was any interest from the market.

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    by Angie Chang

    How to Survive and Thrive Post-Startup Failure

    By Kaitlin Pike (Marketing & Community Manager, Web 2.0 Expo)

    If you’re founding or running a startup, there’s a bit of an open secret I need to share with you: You’re going to experience some painful failures. Not necessarily as dramatic as a complete company shut down, but as you grow into a more experienced entrepreneur, you’ll certainly bump into some awful scenarios.Epic Fail

    Thankfully, you’re not the first founder to come across these challenges. I recently spoke with three veterans of the startup scene who offered poignant pieces of advice for up-and-coming founders: Cass Phillipps, executive producer of FailCon and founder of the now-defunct startup Trogger; Leah Busque, founder and CEO of TaskRabbit; and Edith Yeung, founder of BizTechDay and SFEntrepreneur.

    Here are six ways to prevent, prepare for, or survive epic failure (and thus keep your sanity) —

    Expect some failure – and be prepared for a total flop.

    Cass Phillipps of FailCon recommends putting checkpoints in place as an objective means of showing how well (or poorly) things are going. On top of this measurement plan, consider what actions you should take well in advance if things start to slide: