Tag Archive: TaskRabbit

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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

    The Huffington Post: Women Entrepreneurs On The Rise

    By Jack D. Hidary (Co-Founder, Dice)

    What do Gilt, Foodspotting and TaskRabbit all have in common? They were all co-founded by women. This is an encouraging sign in a field that has too few female entrepreneurs.

    A recent article in San Francisco Magazine highlights a new crop of women-led startups in the Bay Area.

    These include: One Kings Lane, Silver Tail, Modcloth, Slideshare and Allvoices. We are seeing more startups co-founded by women on the east coast as well such as Birchbox, Clothia,

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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

    5 Tools For Getting Started As A Micropreneur

    By Hadiyah Mujhid (Co-Founder, Black Founders)

    “A micropreneur is an entrepreneur willing to accept the risk of starting and managing the type of business that remains small, lets them do the kind of work they want to do, and offers them a balanced lifestyle.” – InvestorDictionary.com

    Or you could substitute this definition with a more urban definition like: A micropreneur is someone who has a “side hustle.”

    One of my favorite things about following the startup industry is discovering tools that can be used by

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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

    Need A Last Minute Gift? There’s A Subscription For That

    By Brit Morin (Founder & CEO, Brit)

    Subscription services have been around for more than a century. Generations before us were the first to enjoy subscriptions to magazines, newspapers, and more. As a kid, I even remember being forced to go door-to-door to sell subscriptions for wrapping paper. (Side note: Who really needs a monthly subscription to wrapping paper?)

    Only in the past several years has our friend, the Internet, disrupted the traditional subscription model of the media monoliths, forcing them to think about new ways to offer online subscriptions as well as free versions of their content.

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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 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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    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:

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Startup Founders, Female CTOs And Technical Co-Founders (Oh My!)

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

    This morning at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC, Julia Hu (Co-Founder & CEO of Lark) got engaged while presenting her startup onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC — her boyfriend inserted a proposal slide into her deck.

    Meanwhile, attendees at the National Center for Women in Technology annual summit were not pleased with the lack of technical women leading startups and companies. TechCrunch contributor Vivek Wadhwa tweeted “Sarah, there are very few women CTOs.” Developer and advocate Sarah Mei tweeted back, “I thought there were a few. Pointers plz.”

    Every time this happens, we at Women 2.0 put our heads together and come up with a handy list of women CTOs of tech startups for anyone who asks. From writers for magazines to conference organizations, we all want to know — where are the technical women of startups? Why are they not more frequently featured on magazine covers and quoted in newspapers?

    No more excuses. Let’s get these technical women leaders exposure.

    Female Startup Founders – Who Are Also CTOs:

    Cathy Edwards (Co-Founder & CTO, Chomp)
    Chomp‘s proprietary algorithm learns the functions and topics of apps helps you find the apps you want. Chomp was acquired by Apple in February 2012. Follow her on Twitter at @cathye.

    Sandy Jen (Co-Founder & CTO, Meebo)
    A co-founder of Meebo, Sandy is also their CTO. Google acquired Meebo for a rumored $100M in June 2012. Follow her on Twitter at @meebosandy.

    Mariya Genzel (Co-Founder & CTO, SayGent)
    Saygent started as Ultimate Hire at Women 2.0 Startup Weekend in 2009. Saygent recently raised $1M in funding. Follow her on Twitter at @mashagenzel.

    Leslie Ikemoto (Co-Founder & CTO, Animeeple)
    Leslie co-founded Animeeple, a 3D character animation tool. She wrote Hako in 24 hours and also created Hipnoz. Follow her on Twitter at @leslieikemoto.

    Aihui Ong (Founder & CEO, Love With Food)
    Aihui launched Love With Food to combine her passions two: coding and fooding, her MacBook Pro and her KitchenAid mixer. Follow her on Twitter at @aihui.

    Sarah Allen (Co-Founder & CTO, Mightyverse)
    Sarah co-founded Railsbridge to increase diversity in engineering, consults at Blazing Cloud, and co-founded Mightyverse. Follow her on Twitter at @ultrasaurus.

    Jenny Chen (Co-Founder & CTO, Wanderable)
    After working at Amazon Web Services for over five years, Jenny Chen co-founded Wanderable to make wedding registries more fun for travel lovers. Follow her on Twitter at @phethyr.

    Shilpa Dalmia (Co-Founder & CTO, ActivityHero)
    An engineer by profession and a parent at heart, Shilpa Dalmia started ActivityHero to help parents select activities for their kids. Follow her on Twitter at @shilpa_dalmia.

    Julia Grace (Co-Founder & CTO, WeddingLovely)
    After earning two degrees in computer science, Julia Grace spent 4 years at IBM Research, ran product at a startup then co-founded WeddingLovely. Follow her on Twitter at @jewelia.

    Bryn McCoy (Co-Founder & CTO, Citizen Made)
    After building innovative software for the likes of IBM and BMW, hacker and designer Bryn McCoy co-founded Citizen Made in Chicago. Follow her on Twitter at @brynmccoy.

    Rana el Kaliouby, Ph.D. (Co-Founder & CTO, Affectiva)
    MIT research scientist Rana el Kaliouby co-founded Affectiva to scale video-based expression recognition technology she invented. Follow her on Twitter at @kaliouby.

    Notable Technical Women Leaders At Startups:

    Niniane Wang (CTO, Minted)
    Niniane currently leads the engineering team at Minted, having 11 years of experience at Google and Microsoft. Follow her on Twitter at @niniane and follow her startup at @minted.

    Liz Crawford (VP Engineering, Birchbox)
    Liz is currently VP of E at Birchbox. Previously, she co-founded and served as CTO of Aprizi. Follow her on Twitter at @liscrawford and follow her startup at @birchbox.

    Mary Lou Jepsen (Founding CTO, One Laptop Per Child)
    Mary Lou is currently Founder & CEO of Pixel Qi, producer of low power, sunlight readable displays. Previously, she was founding CTO of OLPC. Follow her startup at @pixelqi.

    Beth Marcus (Founder & CEO, Playrific)
    Beth founded and served as CEO for startups, most notably EXOS, which was VC-backed and sold to Microsoft in 1996. She served as CTO at Zeemote. Follow her on Twitter at @startupdoc.

    Ning Ning (VP Engineering, Perfect Market)
    Ning Ning has served as VP of E at multiple tech startups, contributing to the sale of three of these to Salesforce, MEI and AskJeeves. Follow her startup at @PerfectMarket.

    Daisy Itty (VP Engineering, DataStax)
    Daisy has served as Director of Engineering of Responsys, BlueRoads and Selectica where she was one of the first engineers. Follow her startup on Twitter at @datastax.

    Kate Matsudaira (VP Engineering, SEOmoz)
    Kate has been holding engineering positions of increasing responsibility, and currently runs engineering at SEOmoz. Follow her on Twitter at @katemats and her startup at @SEOmoz.

    Meg Withgott (Co-Founder & CTO, Panafold)
    Meg co-founded Panafold, the knowledge attraction company. She co-founded ePlanet, and led research at Xerox PARC, Interval and Sun Labs. Follow her on Twitter at @megwith.

    Chiu-Ki Chan (Founder & Developer, Monkey Write)
    After being a software engineer for over 6 years at Google and 2 startups, Chiu-ki Chan is working on Monkey Write. Follow her on Twitter at @chiuki.

    Women With Technical Backgrounds But No Longer Hold Technical Titles:

    Leah Busque (Founder & CEO, TaskRabbit)
    To outsource errands, the efficiency-minded Leah Busque coded the first version of labor marketplace TaskRabbit in 2008. Follow her on Twitter at @labusque.

    Leah Culver (Co-Founder, Grove)
    Dveloper Leah Culver co-founded Pownce, which was by Six Apart in 2008. She’s now working on Grove. Follow her on Twitter at @leahculver.

    Jess Lee (Co-Founder & CEO, Polyvore)
    Computer science major and former Google product manager Jess Lee runs Polyvore as its CEO. Polvore recently raised $14M Series C funding. Follow her on Twitter at @jesskah.

    Elizabeth Yin (Co-Founder & CEO, LaunchBit)
    Elizabeth Yin launched the email newsletter ad network LaunchBit out of 500 Startups, raising $950k investment to date. Follow her on Twitter at @launchbit.

    Jennifer Chin (Co-Founder & COO, LaunchBit)
    Front-end designer Jennifer Chin of LaunchBit boasts a PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from MIT. Follow her on Twitter at @launchbit.

    Jessica Mah (Co-Founder & CEO, InDinero)
    Jessica Mah built InDinero for a real-time dashboard to make small business accounting easy for everyone. Follow her on Twitter at @JessicaMah.

    Leah Busque (Founder & CEO, TaskRabbit)
    Back by popular demand, TaskRabbit founder Leah Busque resumed her CEO title as it was announced on TechCrunch this week. Follow her on Twitter at @labusque.

    Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder & CEO, BizeeBee)
    Mint.com employee #2 and software engineer Poornima Vijayashanker started BizeeBee for SMBs. Follow her on Twitter at @poornima.

    Amy Sheng (Co-Founder, CellScope)
    Mechanical engineer Amy co-founded CellScope to extend the reach of diagnosis with medical microscopy from your smartphone. Follow Amy on Twitter at @AmySheng.

    Ayah Bdeir (Founder & Lead Engineer, littlebits)
    Ayah created litteBits, an award-winning kit of pre-assembled circuits that snap together with tiny magnets. No soldering, no wiring, no programming. Follow Ayah on Twitter at @AyahBdeir.

    Annie Chang (Co-Founder & Head of Products, LOLapps)
    “Don’t be fooled by the name of her startup” warned Fast Company. Annie Chang co-founded LOLapps, which was acquired by 6waves in July 2011. Follow her on Twitter at @lolapps.

    Dr. Vivienne Ming (Co-Founder, Chief Scientist & Executive Director, Socos)
    Dr. Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist launching an edu-tech startup building cognitive analytics for the classroom. Follow her on Twitter at @neuraltheory and her startup at @socos_me.

    Julie Yoo (Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Kyruus)
    Julie built the first version of the company’s data mining platform. She leads the product team at Kyruus, which received $5.5M Series A in 2011. Follow her on Twitter at @julesyoo.

    Michelle Norgan (Co-Founder & CPO, Kismet)
    Michelle, who launched her product onstage at the inaugural Women 2.0 PITCH conference, taught herself iOS programming and co-founded Kismet. Follow her on Twitter at @mnorgan.

    Chandini Ammineni (Co-Founder, ActivityHero)
    Chandini Ammineni build apps including one to help pregnant moms see the heartbeat of their babies on the iPhone, then stated ActivityHero. Follow her on Twitter at @ammineni.

    Peggy Chang (Co-Founder, ActivityHero)
    An engineer with an MBA, Peggy Chang led product management teams for Intuit, Charles Schwab and the LA Times before joining ActivityHero.

    Marcela Miyazawa (Co-Founder, Wanderable)
    Former 23andMe product manager and Stanford computer science major Marcela Miyazawa co-founded Wanderable to provide experiential honeymoon registries.

    Tracy Osborn (Founder & CEO, WeddingLovely)
    Designer and self-taught Django developer Tracy Osborn launched WeddingLovely herself until she found her technical co-founder Julia Grace. Follow her on Twitter at @limedaring.

    Erica Douglass (Founder & CEO, Whoosh Traffic)
    Prior to Whoosh Traffic, Erica Douglass sold her web hosting company for $1.1M. She built everything (website to server hardware) from scratch. Follow her on Twitter at @ericabiz.

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