All posts tagged: San Francisco

Sports! The TaskRabbit Team Heads to AT&T Park

We didn’t catch any foul balls, the kiss cam didn’t find us, and no one got to hug Lou Seal, but we still had a blast at last night’s Giants game. We headed over to AT&T Park (just a few blocks away from our lofty SOMA digs) to watch the Giants pummel the Astros (Sorry Houston, shoulda posted a Task for better hitting) and introduce our new interns to the wonders of Gilroy Garlic Fries. Do you look good in orange? We’re hiring.

Task of the Week: Tame My Wild Music

You know what’s getting out of control? Your CD collection. Seriously, shouldn’t you have converted to all digital by now? We know, we know, it takes time to burn all those albums onto your computer, but some TaskPosters have stumbled upon the easy solution. You guessed it — hire a TaskRabbit! New York TaskPoster Cheryl H. hired Racheal A. to tackle her stack of 525 CDs into digital submission, SF TaskPoster Julie C. had the same brilliant idea, but asked Jocelyn A. to also sync the music up with her iPhone. Meanwhile New York TaskRabbit Jesse M. helped TaskPoster Dylan S. out by tidying up his digital music library. For those of you with sky-high stacks of CDs teetering ominously nearby, take a hint from this Task of the Week and get digitized already.

Tasking Apple’s WWDC

Attending Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco? We’re betting you want to spend your week coding, not running errands. Many of the TaskRabbit engineers are heading to the affair, along with a bunch of our developer friends who are flying in just for the occasion. We asked them what they plan to outsource to TaskRabbits during the conference, here’s what they came back with: “I plan to hire a TaskRabbit to wait in line for my badge.” We heard this one from pretty much everyone, and it’s no surprise. Although you’re the only one who can check-in, there’s no point in waiting in line all morning. “Run to the Apple Store.” Power cords and ethernet adaptors will be in short supply around the conference, and they’re easy to forget. TaskRabbits can make Apple Store runs for you. “Breakfast, lunch, and dinner delivery.” Dynamo Donuts, Ike’s, Marlowe, In-N-Out, Deli Board, Mission Pie, Little Star Pizza, Tartine… TaskRabbits can bring San Francisco’s best food right to you. “Bring me good coffee!” TaskRabbit developers regularly post Tasks …

Task of the Week: Deliver This Kitten

It’s no secret that we’re dog lovers here at TaskRabbit. Not only was a dog crucial to the founding of our company (that would be Kobe, a 100-pound yellow lab and our Chief Inspiration Officer), a TaskRabbit even helped one New York family find their perfect pup. But as much as we love canines, we also love kitties. That’s why a collective and audible “Awwwww” swept through the TaskRabbit offices when TaskPoster Caroline G. posted a cat delivery Task this week. To help a friend in San Francisco through a difficult time, Caroline decided to send a kitten — via a Virgin America flight from New York. TaskRabbit Edward D. met the kitten at San Francisco International Airport, picked up litter and cat food, and delivered her (with a bow, naturally) right to Caroline’s friend. What an incredible way to show you care from afar.

Happy National Small Business Week

Maybe it’s because we’re a little obsessed with rebuilding that old-time neighborhood spirit, or maybe it’s because we’re a startup ourselves, but we love small businesses. We’re thrilled to celebrate National Small Business Week by surprising some of our favorite business owners across the country. In New York, TaskRabbit Autumn L. dropped off some delightful treats to some of our favorite small businesses. She delivered a bottle of champagne from Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit to the legendary macaron purveyors at Maison Ladurée. Next, Autumn grabbed a selection of local brews from Good Beer and dropped them off in time for the awesome team at Crumbs Bake Shop to have a happy hour celebration. City Swiggers also discovered the glory of beer and cupcake pairings when Autumn dropped off a dozen mini-cupcakes from Billy’s Bakery. After spending a few minutes figuring out his delivery route, Nick B. dropped off some tasty ‘lette macarons to Amelia and Erika, the owners of Lindy & Grundy. Chicago TaskRabbit Lillian R. braved the line at Hot Doug’s on Friday to pick …

In Recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week, the Top 20 Tasks for Teachers

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams Do you remember your favorite teacher? Maybe it was that English teacher that first sparked your love of poetry, or the social studies teacher that introduced you to new parts of the world and new ways of thinking. How have the actions of that educator informed your life? If you’re anything like those of us at TaskRabbit HQ, your success can be traced directly back to some incredible educators. In honor of those who work tirelessly to open our minds and shape our dreams, we decided to go all out for Teacher Appreciation Week. We stopped by the Teach For America offices to drop off TaskRabbit gift cards to Bay Area teachers — it’s the least we can do really. We know TaskRabbits will be able to provide teachers with the thing they need most: more time! Give your favorite educator some extra time with the gift of TaskRabbit. To help inspire you to celebrate the teachers in your life, we …

The Very First TaskRabbit Town Hall

Last night, dozens of TaskRabbits descended upon NextSpace in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood for the very first TaskRabbit Town Hall. TaskRabbits mingled with each other, nibbled on a catered spread from Bi-Rite Market, and brainstormed ideas about running Tasks at stations throughout the room. The TaskRabbits in attendance gathered in a circle for the night’s discussion. TaskRabbit Ambassador Erika Murdock Balbuena welcomed everyone, and began the evening by debuting The TaskRabbit Credo. The Credo is a living document encompassing the spirit and ethos of the micro-entrepreneurs that make up the TaskRabbit Community. You can read the entire thing here. The evening’s panel introduced themselves by sharing their favorite Task stories. Holly C., a level 11 TaskRabbit, said her most memorable Task was doing a Costco run for a blind woman. “It made me realize that this is a significant thing we’re doing for people.” Level 14 TaskRabbit Kim E. loved delivering a Thank You card for an applicant to the TaskRabbit team who was later hired. John L., a level 12 TaskRabbit, shared the story …

TaskRabbit Joins San Francisco’s New Sharing Economy Working Group

UPDATE: Here’s a recap of the event. This evening, Leah will join leaders from other Bay Area collaborative consumption companies to discuss the role city government can have in promoting the shift to a sharing economy. Leah will be joined by Jessica Scorpio, Founder of Getaround; Joe Gebbia, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer for AirBnB; Jamie Wong, Founder and CEO of Vayable; and Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer of the City and County of San Francisco. This incredible group of innovators forms the core of the nation’s first Sharing Economy Working Group. San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, together with Shareable, SPUR, sf.citi, and TechCentralSF, convened this group to develop policy initiatives to promote the sharing economy. “The growing ‘sharing economy’ is leveraging technology and innovation to generate new jobs and income for San Franciscans in every neighborhood and at every income level,” said Mayor Lee. “As the birthplace of this new, more sustainable ‘sharing economy,’ San Francisco must be at the forefront of nurturing its growth, modernizing our laws, and confronting emerging policy issues and …

Trending Task: Spring Cleaning

The first day of spring, what people who hang around observatories call “the vernal equinox,” occurred two weeks ago on March 20th. Did you notice? Yeah, we really didn’t either. People who know about things like this are chalking this missed milestone up to an overly warm winter (this last one was the 4th warmest in at least 117 years), but we suspect a reluctance to embrace spring cleaning may also be a factor. Spring cleaning is simply really intimidating. Scrubbing your home from top to bottom, bestowing order upon a cluttered garage, and weeding a garden overgrown after months of frost — that’s a whole lot to take on, even if it is just once a year. The spring cleaning tradition is rooted in multiple cultures around the world — one of our favorites is its role in ushering in the Persian New Year, when it’s called “shaking the house.” Well sometimes you just can’t shake it alone. Maybe that’s why TaskPosters around the country are outsourcing their spring cleaning to-do lists to TaskRabbits. …

When TaskRabbit and Skillshare Meet…

Last night at The Hub in San Francisco, our marketing maven Jamie V. handed out some lessons to a sold-out Skillshare class. The topic? How to be a lean, mean marketing machine. Entrepreneurs, marketing and PR pros, and representatives from other collaborative consumption companies all showed up to see how we do it at TaskRabbit. Jamie’s core message was simple: “Give your customers amazing experiences, that’s what’s going to drive your business.” She spoke about the power our community members have in the development of TaskRabbit — pointing out that customer feedback is the most important element to making us better and better each day. At TaskRabbit, we test everything to see what works best for the TaskPosters and the TaskRabbits at the individual level. We also closely monitor community feedback on Twitter and Facebook to continuously improve the user experience. Jamie also talked about the importance of knowing and believing in your mission. Our mission at TaskRabbit is to bring back the neighborhood by providing a marketplace for micro-entrepreneurs to help their busy neighbors get …