All posts filed under: Collaborative Consumption

Have You Seen Lately?

Have you seen the new We just can’t get enough. We’ve always relied on the site for the best sharing economy content online, and now there’s even more to love. Here are some of our favorite things about the new site: In addition to great content and a sleek new design, there’s now a massive directory of all things collcons. It’s super easy to search for sharing platforms in any category, like food, fashion, or travel. The resources section includes just about everything you’d ever need to know about the sharing economy. The new events page includes all the major collaborative consumption events from around the world in one place. A job board is on the way that will make it possible for sharing junkies to easily find open opportunities at collaborative companies like TaskRabbit. So cool! Congrats to Rachel Botsman, Lauren Anderson, and team for an awesome update!


CameraLends Knows How to Outsource Tasks in a Flash

TaskRabbit superuser Adam Derewecki knows a thing or two about the sharing economy. He built his business on the idea that every photographer (whether they’re a professional or a hobbyist) should have access to the equipment they need to get the job done. He built CameraLends, a peer-to-peer camera sharing marketplace, as an alternative to purchasing expensive camera equipment. Adam relies on TaskRabbits to help with everything from promoting his business to pranking his coworkers. He took a few minutes to tell us about CameraLends and his love of all things TaskRabbit: What’s the mission of CameraLends? “CameraLends is a marketplace where photographers can post their gear for others to rent out locally, and where renters have access to a wide range of high-end and specialized camera equipment. You can think of us like a tool lending library, except the inventory is distributed among people in your neighborhood.” What made you decide to use TaskRabbit? “I’ve been in love with the service since I first heard about it. I can ask the Internet to do things …

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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 …

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Life Edited and Feastly Throw a Dinner Party (With a Little Help From TaskRabbit)

What happens when three collaborative platforms join forces in one 420-square-foot Manhattan apartment? That’s exactly what Life Edited, Feastly, and TaskRabbit wanted to find out. Last month, Life Edited opened up its beautiful (and super efficient) new SoHo working and living venue to a Feastly chef hosting 12 Feasters, and a TaskRabbit helped out with dishes and cleanup. If you are interested in attending a dinner, please signup at Feastly. Check out the apartment here: The seasonal menu consisted of homemade pickled Chinese squash and seaweed crackers, kabocha Japanese soy and sake-braised squash, butternut squash and pear latkes served with sautéed greens, and pumpkin whoopie pies with cream filling for dessert. Guests represented the full spectrum of New York’s creative side: developers and designers, architects and entrepreneurs. The group began the night as strangers, but in this incredibly designed and intimate setting, they said goodnight as if they were long-time friends. Guest blogger Noah Karesh is the co-founder of Feastly. Follow him on Twitter @eatfeastly.

Rachel Botsman: The Currency of the New Economy is Trust

Trust means an awful lot to us here at TaskRabbit. It’s why we make sure every single TaskRabbit is background checked, it’s why we built out a robust reputation engine complete with ratings and reviews, and it’s why our founder talks about trust and social reputation to anyone who will listen. This is why we were so excited to see this incredible TedTalk from Rachel Botsman — a woman who’s been a constant source of inspiration to us here at TaskRabbit. Take twenty minutes to be as inspired as we are by Rachel’s talk:

The Shared Economy: Doing Business With the Joneses

On Thursday, Leah sat down with some of the leaders of the collaborative consumption movement for a frank talk at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. Moderator Liz Gannes, Senior Editor of All Things Digital, kicked off the evening by asking author Lisa Gansky how she first identified sharing as a movement. The author of The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing chalked collaboration up to way more than a trend, attributing the rise in sharing-based businesses to the 2008 recession. “Things that we value that go unused, actually in that moment are wasted,” said Gansky. “It’s more convenient and less costly to share or gain access than to own.” Panelist Shelby Clark, Founder and Chief Community Officer of RelayRides, agreed that “rational triggers” like price and convenience are the initial draw for consumers, but that it’s the community that keeps them coming back. The evening’s discussion ended with an eye toward the future, with each panelist imagining where the sharing economy might lead. Although he admits it’s fun to imagine the Marty …

How Good Eggs is Changing the Future of Local Food

Farm-to-table. Local. Organic. Sustainable. For those interested in responsible eating, the buzzwords alone can be impossible to navigate (let alone the process of actually procuring good food). Enter Good Eggs, a San Francisco startup that’s about to change the way we think about food. Good Eggs connects farmers and foodmakers with consumers in their own communities. This means bread, eggs, produce, jam, pies, even baby food. If you can eat it, you can find it from a local producer through the marketplace at Good Eggs. You can also figure out how to cook it on their blog, The Eater’s Digest, and find farmers’ markets and other food events in your ‘hood. [pullshow] Since sharing and eating are the two things we love more than anything here at TaskRabbit HQ, it didn’t take us long to become converts. We’re also extremely honored that TaskRabbits are helping Good Eggs make such swift progress toward a very noble vision. Rahmin Sarabi, Head of Operations and all around awesome egg, took a few minutes to chat with us about …

The Shared Economy at The Commonwealth Club

You know what gets us really excited? Sharing. Okay, so you already knew that, but did you know that Leah will be sitting on a panel this week at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco with some of the other leading voices in collaborative consumption? Leah joins Lisa Gansky, Author of The Mesh: Why the Future of Business Is Sharing, Shelby Clark, Founder and Chief Community Officer of RelayRides, Cory Smith, CEO of Hub Bay Area and SOCAP, and Nate Blecharczyk, CTO and Co-Founder of Airbnb. Liz Gannes, Senior Editor of AllThingsDigital, will moderate. This incredible meeting of the minds will examine the values of access over ownership, financial efficiency, and environmental sustainability. The panel will also discuss what a future built on collaborative consumption models looks like. Come ready to be inspired. The Shared Economy: Doing Business With The Joneses Thursday, August 16 6:30pm program (7:30pm reception) Blue Room, The Commonwealth Club $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students

Task of the Week: Help Me With My Airbnb Guests

Many people in the TaskRabbit community are also wild about other companies in the sharing space. Companies like Airbnb, our buddies with the spiffy new website, make it easy to rent out a couch, spare room, or entire apartment while you’re away. Only one problem: how do you let your guests into your home while you’re out of town? Clever TaskPosters like Drew B. have already figured out the solution: hire a TaskRabbit for your key exchange. New York TaskRabbit TJ Y. met Drew’s guests and handed off the key. It was almost too easy. TaskPoster Thomas T. travels frequently and often rents out his studio to Airbnb guests. That’s why he works with TaskRabbit Nyna N. to make the space sparkle between guests. Thinking about using Airbnb during your vacation? Take a cue from these seasoned hosts and hire a TaskRabbit to handle the logistics.

Collaboratively Speaking: Zimride’s Co-Founders Talk Community

In the latest installment of Collaboratively Speaking, Zimride co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green chat with TaskRabbit founder Leah Busque about the role of community in peer-to-peer marketplaces. There’s a lot of great stuff in the interview, here are some highlights: Zimmer and Green share the story of their partnership and the origins of the Zimride mission — it’s a tale complete with long-distance romance, scary Greyhound busses, and a crash course on the history of transportation. Currently, the most popular destinations from the San Francisco Bay Area are Lake Tahoe and Los Angeles. Trips trend higher on the weekend, and the cost is substantially cheaper for the passenger ($35 per trip) than any other mode of transport — plus the driver makes good money (an average of $200 per trip). The Zimride guys have even seen people post open seats on airplanes. It may sound lavish, but the concept is the same: occupy as many seats as possible. Although there’s been a little pushback with the Facebook Connect feature, Zimmer and Green notice that …