I just returned from beautiful San Francisco (more details to follow in an upcoming blog post!). I thought I was pretty on top of technology. However, after spending time with my SF friends I realized that there are many “hidden technology gems” that are popular in the Silicon Valley tech world that I knew nothing about!
My favorite new “hidden gem” is TaskRabbit – a community (somewhat like Craigs List) where you can post a task that you need done and field bids from “Task Rabbits” in your area who are willing to complete the task for you. People use TaskRabbit for tasks such as moving, grocery shopping, handyman work, landscaping, organizing, travel planning. My friend recently used TaskRabbit to find someone to stand in line at a hot new restaurant that doesn’t take reservations, genius! TaskRabbit is not only great for consumers, businesses can benefit as well. As a business you can offer your services for those looking for your area of expertise and/or you can find temporary help to complete administrative tasks. TaskRabbit conducts background checks on all Task Rabbits that are providing services.
Here is how it works:
1. Describe your task and when and where you need it done
2. Name your price or request bids (TaskRabbit provides pricing recommendations for many categories)
3. Select your Task Rabbit or have TaskRabbit select for you
4. Pay on TaskRabbit after the service is complete (Task Rabbit takes a 20% service fee)
TaskRabbit was founded by Leah Busque in 2008 when she needed dog food on a cold winter night and wished that she could send someone immediately to do it for her. Leah is one of those inspiring entrepreneurs who had an “aha moment” about a need in the marketplace and transformed her idea into into a successful company that has secured over $37 million in venture capital funding. Truly inspiring! For more on Leah’s story and her words of wisdom to budding small business owners, check out this great article on Amex Open Forum.
TaskRabbit is in a handful of cities across the country and just launched in DC! I can’t wait to try it. Let me know if you try it out – either as a task poster or service provider. Would love to hear about your experience!