All posts tagged: San Francisco

Task of the Week: Feed This College Student

You know that old cliche about college students surviving on ramen noodles? It doesn’t have to be that way. If someone you love is heading off to campus this fall, don’t send a tired old care package. Make like Theresa C. and send a delivery of healthy groceries instead. As a Level 20 TaskRabbit, Theresa knows a thing or two about how to make people’s lives easier. So when her sister started school in Chicago this week, Theresa (who lives in San Francisco) hired Chicago TaskRabbit Tanitah T. to pick up groceries from Whole Foods and personally deliver them. We love this Task for so many reasons: 1. It’s a great way to send some comfort to college students far from home. 2. It’s a not-so-subtle reminder to eat healthy foods (hey, it could even help stave off that freshman fifteen). 3. Many college students are on campuses without access to a car and this Task saves them a long trek. 4. This simple gift saves busy and broke students time and money. 5. We …

Tasking the SF Street Food Festival

This weekend, 80,000 people descended upon San Francisco’s Mission district for some good eats, cool drinks, and really (really) long lines. We’re talking about the SF Street Food Festival, and Team TaskRabbit was out in force. We set up shop near the entrance to the main beer garden to chat people up about Deliver Now, our exclusive-to-San Francisco delivery feature. The response, to say the very least, was extremely enthusiastic. Especially when we mentioned attendees could use Deliver Now to have any food at the festival delivered to them in the beer garden — no waiting in lines needed. We teamed up with eight of our favorite vendors (including Wise Sons Jewish Deli and The Créme Brûlée Cart) to give people an on-site Deliver Now experience. Did you miss the festival? Don’t worry, we’re happy to bring any of San Francisco’s famed street food right to you. Just download the latest version of our app and tell the scooter TaskRabbit what you want to eat. We’ll track it down (even if it’s on wheels) and …

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 …

Hey Sandwich Club, There’s Cheese On Your Face

This week, we’re feeding our inner children with gooey, oozy, buttery, cheesy goodness. Where do you get your grilled cheese fix in San Francisco? We dig The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, The Melt, Mission Cheese, and the croque monsieur from The Butler & The Chef. In case you missed the banh mi kickoff or last week’s Philly cheesesteak goodness, the mission of Sandwich Club is to eat sandwiches. We’ll be carrying out this mission all month long using the exclusive-to-San Francisco Deliver Now feature on the free TaskRabbit iPhone app. Wanna join us? San Franciscans who use Deliver Now for sandwich delivery four times will receive the 5th delivery on us. That’s a pretty tasty deal.

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

#FiestaFriday Gets Weird (and Wonderful)

We have a secret. A crunchy, pointy, popped, corny kind of secret. We’re totally addicted to tortilla popchips. Nacho cheese, ranch, salsa, chili limón — we’d roll around in ’em if they weren’t so sharp. And we’re not the only startup in SF hooked on the pop. TaskRabbits, in cahoots with the rad folks at Sponsorfied and popchips, delivered boxes of the tasty treats to dozens of companies this week. Today, each of these offices is trying to out-party the others to earn the distinction of “nacho above the rest” and a year’s supply of popchips. The competition is pretty fierce and things, well, things are getting a little crazy. See for yourself: The winning startup will be announced on Monday, August 20. In the meantime, you can follow the wonderful weirdness on Twitter #FiestaFriday.      

How Are You Celebrating Sandwich Club Today?

We’ll be celebrating by shoving greasy, gooey, delicious Philly cheesesteaks into our faces. [pullthis]Now, we’re not going to take sides in the whole provolone vs. Cheez Whiz Debate.[/pullthis] We’re not even going to offer an opinion on raw vs. cooked onions. And peppers? Well, you’re on your own for that decision. [pullshow]What we are going to do, however, is let you in on our favorite cheesesteak joints in San Francisco. We love The Cheesesteak Shop, Jake’s Steaks, and Metro Caffe (with tater tots on the side, naturally). In case you missed the banh mi kickoff last week, the mission of Sandwich Club is to eat sandwiches. We’ll be carrying out this mission all month long using the exclusive-to-San Francisco Deliver Now feature on the free TaskRabbit iPhone app. Wanna join us? San Franciscans who use Deliver Now for sandwich delivery four times will receive the 5th delivery on us. That’s a pretty tasty deal.

Task of the Week: Be My Personal Chef

Wouldn’t it be great to have a personal chef? If someone else was chopping the kale and searing the salmon and toasting the quinoa, eating well would be so easy. Hey, it worked for Oprah. For an affordable alternative to having a full-time chef on your payroll, make like Olivia M. and hire a TaskRabbit to prepare your meals. Olivia wanted to commit to healthy eating but knew she’d never have enough time to make the meals herself. That’s why she hired TaskRabbit Nicholas P., a chef who’s worked in multiple Michelin-starred kitchens. Nicholas designed a menu just for Olivia including seven tasty meals with high protein, no carbs, and plenty of veggies. Whether you’re looking to lose a few pounds, gain a little more energy, or justify eating a giant cheesesteak for lunch, try posting a cooking Task today.

The First Rule of Sandwich Club is…

August is National Sandwich Month. Do you understand what we’re saying here? National. Sandwich. Month. Shoving sandwiches in your mouth on the daily is totally acceptable until September 1st. Here at TaskRabbit HQ, we intend to honor the sandwich as fully and deliciously as possible. That’s why we started a little thing we like to call “Sandwich Club.” The mission of Sandwich Club is to eat sandwiches. We’ll be carrying out this mission all month long using the exclusive-to-San Francisco Deliver Now feature on the free TaskRabbit iPhone app. Wanna join us? San Franciscans who use Deliver Now for sandwich delivery four times will receive the 5th delivery on us. That’s a pretty tasty deal. Today, we begin the festivities with a delightful banh mi. What sandwich will you have for lunch today?