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Black History Month: What It Means To Us

Every February, we celebrate Black History Month. It’s a time when people of all backgrounds can stop to appreciate the significance of Black culture, both in the United States and around the world.   Black History Month’s first iteration began in February 1926 with Carter G. Woodson, a man now known as the “father of Black history.” Originally, he chose February as a time to celebrate because it coincided with the birth dates of social reformer Frederick Douglass and US President Abraham Lincoln, both of whom played a significant role in ending slavery. In the years since, Black History Month has evolved to become a time to teach people about the countless — and all-too-often forgotten — accomplishments of Black individuals since the African Diaspora.  During the slave trade era, African families were dispersed to different states, nations, and continents, leading to today’s global presence of Black individuals and their many accompanying societal contributions. This year’s Black History Month theme, “Black Health and Wellness,” builds upon this historical backdrop as it celebrates the legacy not just …

In Honor of World Mental Health Day

A few months ago, our fearless leader, Ania Smith, announced that she was mandating a company-wide, week-long vacation for employees from October 11-15. It also happened to coincide with World Mental Health Day on October 10. Coincidence? We think not. As a “people first” company, the message was clear: we care deeply about our employees’ well-being and will take action to give them the support they need. Because most everyone was off during the same time, we didn’t worry about returning to a backlog of work and truly enjoyed our vacations! Check out what we did! Ariel  – Bend, Oregon It’s officially fall in Bend, OR. The sun is out, the air is crisp and the leaves are changing colors – so I spent as much time as possible enjoying the great outdoors during my week off. My favorite activity was hiking the Broken Top Crater Trail. From snowy mountain peaks to a deep blue glacial lake, this hike served up all the views! It was amazing to have time off to reset and recharge …

TaskRabbit Community Meet-Up at HQ

Last week we invited Bay Area TaskRabbits to drop by our San Francisco office for a good, old-fashioned meet-up. Forty-five TaskRabbits attended along with twenty TaskRabbit staff members, and a great time was had by all. The evening started simply enough with everyone grabbing a name tag and a slice of pizza. TaskRabbits began meeting each other and mingling with the team, and before long the room was abuzz with excited conversation. TaskRabbits exchanged stories about tasks and how they got started — some folks had been TaskRabbits for more than two years, while others were brand new. TaskRabbit staff joined the discussions, and everyone appreciated being able to connect in-person over the experiences and community we all share. In another room, our talented designer Nazir set up lights and a backdrop for any TaskRabbit who wanted a professional headshot taken for their profile. When the pizza was gone, it was time to get down to business and talk TaskRabbit — the website, the experience, the community, and anything else people wanted to discuss. Our …

Megan TaskRabbit

Meet the Team: Megan L.

As a TaskRabbit Member Services Associate, Megan L. has a soft spot for helping people get things done. A Pennsylvania native, Megan loves singing and playing music, eating good food, and exploring all the awesomeness the Bay Area has to offer. Favorite Book: Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time series. Favorite TV Show: The Walking Dead Best Place Ever Visited: “The Smoky Mountains in Western North Carolina — an incredibly beautiful part of our country.” Favorite Game: “Pokemon Gold on Gameboy Color.” Favorite Food: “Is bourbon a food? No? Okay, bacon then.” Hobby: “Collecting vintage clothing! I used to have an online vintage store. I’d love to do that again someday soon.” Favorite Quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss Best Task She’s Seen Posted: “I always love the ones that surprise a friend or significant other at their place of work with a gift.” Favorite Thing About TaskRabbit: “My coworkers! Everyone is so passionate about what …

Julian R Mobile TaskRabbit

Meet the Team: Julian R.

As a locksport enthusiast, Head of Mobile Development Julian R. can gain entry to just about anywhere. Maybe that’s how TaskRabbit landed a spot on the Apple App Store’s list of Best Disruptive Service Apps of 2012. Julian’s also a sucker for spies, puppies, and the TaskRabbit community. Favorite Book: Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson Beverage of Choice: Pisco Sour Favorite TV Show: “Burn Notice. I’m a sucker for spy shows and movies.” Favorite Place to go in the Bay Area? The Ferry Building Secret Addiction: “I do large quantities of code.” Favorite Joke: “What’s a pirate’s favorite letter? Inevitably, most people pick ‘R,’ but pirates love the ‘C.’” Best Task He’s Seen Posted: “Create a puppy petting pen for the office!” Favorite Thing About TaskRabbit: “The people! The TaskRabbits and people in the office are always so kind, talented, and understanding.”

Meet the Team: Ian de B.

Resident sneakerhead, pop music aficionado, and Creative Coordinator Ian de B. makes it rain new media and ’90s trivia around TaskRabbit HQ. As one-half of the dynamic filmmaking duo behind The Plight of Brian, we expect he’ll be walking away from this year’s Cannes Film Festival with the Palme d’Or. You can follow him on Twitter @idb1204 and listen to his sweet, sweet musical stylings on SoundCloud. Dream Vacation: Backpacking through New Zealand. Favorite Place to Go in the Bay Area: AT&T Park Beverage of Choice: Chocolate milkshake from the St. Francis Soda Fountain. Favorite TV Show: Breaking Bad and Arrested Development Favorite Place Visited: Coachella Secret Addiction: “I love ’90s pop music, specifically ‘N Sync.” Favorite Quote: “The world needs to see the madness that is my upper torso.” Best Task He’s Seen Posted: “Anything that involves getting items back from an ex.” Favorite Thing About TaskRabbit: “The fact that I actually enjoy hanging out with the people I work with outside of the office.”

TaskRabbit Engineer Stan R.

Meet the Team: Stan R.

Software Engineer Stan R. hails from New Orleans and, “unlike Lil Wayne,” he’ll be forever faithful to his hometown. His passions include using the Internet and simple design to empower communities, and keeping the TaskRabbit office stocked with Crystal hot sauce. Favorite Book: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card Favorite Movie: Urbanized Favorite TV Show: “Of all time? Seinfeld. Right now? Louie. Same thing, really.” Beverage of Choice: Naked Juice Dream Vacation: “A place with white sand, blue ocean, fabulous food, and no open-container laws.” Secret Addiction: “Sour Jacks. They’re like Sour Patch Kids, but way better. I’m deeply concerned that when Blockbuster inevitably ceases to be brick-and-mortar, there will be nowhere to get Sour Jacks. I may have to get a TaskRabbit to track them down for me.” Favorite Quote: “Stop bitching and start a revolution.” — Wulf Zendik Favorite Thing About TaskRabbit: “Collaboration. We have computers with two keyboards!”

TaskRabbit Acquires One Jackson, Brings on Talented Team

We’re excited to announce that we have acquired One Jackson, an online marketplace for high-quality, indie-designed kids clothing. [pullshow] We’re thrilled to welcome One Jackson to the TaskRabbit family as the company was built on a similar philosophy as our own — to provide its designers with the opportunity to make a living doing what they love. Moreover, the One Jackson team brings with it invaluable experience building a marketplace and a community that connects people across shared interests.   We are also ecstatic to welcome the impressive One Jackson team. Anne Raimondi, Co-Founder and CEO of One Jackson, will join TaskRabbit as Chief Revenue Officer, bringing valuable experience to the marketing and product organizations. Anne served as the VP of Marketing at SurveyMonkey and Insider Pages, and garnered valuable product experience at eBay, Blue Nile, and Zazzle.   Yee Lee, Co-Founder and CTO of One Jackson, will join as TaskRabbit’s VP of Engineering. Yee has more than 15 years of web product design, coding, and launch experience at Google, Katango, Skype, and PayPal. Ken Mitsumoto, Bob …

Adorable Puppy

Introducing Emerson “Em” Busque

We’re very excited to introduce you to Emerson “Em” Busque. This strapping young pup is the newest addition to Team TaskRabbit. It’s no easy Task being a puppy in this office — it’s a whole lot of responsibility to inspire, delight, and lick the faces of everyone who picks you up. And just ask Em — people will not stop picking him up. Can you blame us? Look at that mug: Give Em a shout on Twitter @EmBusque.