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Meet the Team: Lauren S.

Marketing Manager Lauren S. is a Virginia native and puppy junkie who functions as TaskRabbit’s resident canine cuddler. She started sharing way before sharing was cool, and spends her days as one of the collaborative economy’s biggest cheerleaders. Favorite Book: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis Favorite Movie: Alvin and the Chipmunks 1, 2, & 3 Beverage of Choice: Bud Light Lime (“BLL to you.”) Favorite TV Show: “Anything on Investigation Discovery.” Hobby: Yoga Favorite Task to Outsource: “Goodwill drop-offs!” Favorite Quote: “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.” — Sheryl Sandberg Favorite Thing About TaskRabbit: “That we’re changing lives and helping people everyday. Oh, and the office pups. Hi Ursula!”

Meet the Team: Wendy P.

Our Member Services Maven, Wendy P., strongly believes that everything is better through haiku. She loves making people happy, making sauerkraut, and  making sweet, sweet, sounds on the musical saw. Favorite Book: Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse Favorite Food: Old-fashioned beef jerky Beverage of Choice: San Francisco Tap Water Dream Vacation: “A cross-country tour with a bluegrass band in which I sing and play the musical saw.” Favorite Joke: “A priest, rabbi, and 3-inch tall pianist walk into a bar. The bartender says, ‘What is this? A joke?’” Best Task She’s Seen Posted: “I would giggle effusively, in a very straight and macho way, if you’d bring me some diet sodas.” Favorite Place to Go in the Bay Area? “Where nature exists in full force.” Favorite Quote: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Push Your Company As Far As You Can Every Single Day

Our founder Leah Busque knows a thing or two about staying motivated. Ever heard her speak? She’s constantly dropping nuggets of wisdom for founders and aspiring entrepreneurs alike. If you’re in need of a little inspiration to keep your business moving forward, look no further than this (free!) downloadable wallpaper we made to pay homage to something Leah says all the time: “Push your company as far as you can every single day.” Just click the image below to view in full size, then right click to download. For Mac: 1. Download the swanky wallpaper. 2. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences, select Desktop & Screensaver (in Personal section) 3. Select the wallpaper file. 4. Revel in the awesomeness of your new desktop image. For PC: 1. Download the swanky wallpaper. 2. Right-click the image 3. Select “Set as Desktop Background” 4. Revel in the awesomeness of your new desktop image. For iPhone: 1. Download the swanky wallpaper, then sync to your iPhone. 2. Click the “Photos” icon. 3. Select the picture, then select …

A Cross-Country Rescue Mission

We talk a lot about how neighborly we are here at TaskRabbit and every now and then we hear a story that proves it in a big way. When our Director of UX, Sarah H., heard her sister was stranded in downtown Boston with no wallet and a nearly dead phone, she was worried. A continent away in San Francisco, there wasn’t very much she could do to help out. Then she remembered: She has neighbors in Boston. A whole lot of neighbors. Sarah posted a Task. It was picked up right away and, within 30 minutes, Boston TaskRabbit Christie G. had located her sister, given her some cash to get on a train home, then texted Sarah to confirm the rescue mission was a success. “I’m so glad I was able to help,” Sarah told us. “I know what it’s like to lose my wallet or drop my keys down the elevator shaft. I love that TaskRabbit made it possible for me to reach out to my sister who’s clear across the country.”

Meet the TaskRabbit Team: Evan T.

A self-described nerd and Mexican Coke addict, Senior Systems Engineer Evan T. keeps our tech infrastructure in tip-top shape. Favorite Book: “That one Choose Your Own Adventure where I didn’t die a terrible death.” Favorite TV Show: The Simpsons Dream Vacation: “Mars, we’ll get there in my lifetime.” Favorite Game: Super Mario RPG (SNES; 1996) Favorite Task to Outsource: The delivery of Mexican Cokes. Favorite Place to Go in the Bay Area? House of Prime Rib Reason He Digs Line-Waiting Tasks: “Waiting in line went from wasting one person’s time to saving time for that person, and generating income for another.” Why He Loves TaskRabbit: “The team! Everyone here is truly passionate about helping people get things done.”

Meet the TaskRabbit Team: SheShe H.

A recent transplant from New York City to San Francisco, Operations Associate SheShe H. loves city life, live music, people watching, and helping the TaskRabbit marketplace run smooth like butter. Favorite Book: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway Favorite TV Show: Louie Dream Vacation: Istanbul Beverage of Choice: Ginger Beer Secret Addiction: Humans of New York Favorite Food: “Anything with roasted red peppers, olives, and feta.” Favorite Quote: “The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.” — Albert Camus Why She Loves TaskRabbit: “I love the creative atmosphere. It’s unbelievably exciting working for a company that plans to revolutionize the world’s labor market. Our vision is big, and everyone here is eager to take on the challenge.”

Meet the TaskRabbit Team: Steve H.

Born and raised in Oakland, Lead Developer for Business Services Steve H. loves everything East Bay. He enjoys snowboarding, hiking, coding, surfing, wakeboarding, and keeping the TaskRabbit kitchen stocked with homegrown tomatoes. Favorite Book: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card Favorite Movie: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Best Place Ever Visited: Riviera Maya Hobby: Snowboarding Beverage of Choice: Rye whiskey Favorite Game: Fez Favorite Quote: Nancy Astor: “Sir, if you were my husband, I would give you poison.” Churchill: “If I were your husband, I would take it.” Why He Loves TaskRabbit: “I love helping real people enrich their lives in a real way.”

Meet the TaskRabbit Team: Jabu D.

Self-described as “double the dose in half the time,” Director of People Jabu D. is a chatty Berkeley lady with a knack for craft and an awesome dog named Biscuits Jackson. Hobby: “Talkin’ too much.” Favorite Book: The Coffee Trader by David Liss Beverage of Choice: Champagne Favorite Foods: Ethiopian, Mexican, Spanish Secret Obsession: Design blogs. “I look through them all day for inspiration and motivation.” Best Places Ever Visited: Katmandu, Cape Town, Udaipur, Venice Favorite Quote: “Those who say it can’t be done shouldn’t interrupt the people doing it.” Why She Loves TaskRabbit: “I have loved the TaskRabbit concept since I came across it in January of 2011. When I moved to SF in March of that year I immediately started using it. True to the origin story, some of my most important Tasks were around getting food for my dog. I was working so much at the time that basic things like that seemed impossible to coordinate. It made my life so much better. And of course I loved the way it empowered …

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 …