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After Nearly 100 Hours in Line, San Francisco’s First iPhone 5

After nearly 100 hours of waiting in line, Charlie H. finally completed the most ambitious Task he’s ever taken on. After hours of chatting up reporters and fans, Charlie met his TaskPoster and they walked into San Francisco’s Union Square Apple Store together, as the very first people to buy iPhone 5s. See Charlie, his mystery TaskPoster, and the crowds at San Francisco’s biggest Apple store in the gallery below. Impressed? Give Charlie a virtual high-five by tweeting him @zizska.

Founders Fund Leads TaskRabbit’s $13 Million Series C Funding Round, Company Announces Two New Board Members

It’s been a thrilling ride at TaskRabbit since the start of the year. In that time, we acquired another startup, SkillSlate; released our API; partnered with Bravo TV to launch our service in Austin at SXSWi 2012; opened up our service in Seattle, Portland, and San Antonio; and we debuted our on-demand delivery service in San Francisco, called Deliver Now. In that time, Task volume has increased four-fold and gross bookings have nearly quintupled. Yep, we’ve been pretty busy. And we’re not stopping anytime soon! We’re thrilled to announce today that we’ve received $13 million in Series C financing, led by Founders Fund. Existing investors — including Shasta Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Baseline Ventures, Shervin Pishevar, and 500 Startups — also invested in the round. The new funds will support us in aggressively expanding the engineering and product teams, as well as the executive team. [pullshow] Founders Fund’s Bruce Gibney will join TaskRabbit’s Board of Directors, as will former eBay Vice President and current Trunk Club Chief Operating Officer, Rob Chesney. Rob’s vast expertise in …

TaskRabbit Takes Chicago: Techweek 2012

FRIDAY Chicago’s 2nd Annual Techweek didn’t just start with a bang on Friday — it started with a rallying call to action by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “The city of Chicago is known as the Second City. In three years from now it will be known as the Startup City.” The Mayor then went on to tell the room full of startups, press, and digital innovators that it would be his mission to partner with the leaders of the tech community here in Chicago. The energy of Emanuel’s speech spread from the main conference stage out into the 7th and 8th floors of the Merchandise Mart, and Team TaskRabbit was there to soak it all in and keep things running smoothly as the Official Concierge of Techweek. We started the morning right in the lobby of the iconic Art Deco building. Chicago TaskRabbits greeted attendees with Intelligentsia coffee and breakfast buns from Wow Bao. Later in the afternoon on the 8th floor of the event, conference attendees descended on the TaskRabbit Lounge for Goose Island 312 Urban …

Introducing the Brand New TaskRabbit App for iPhone & iPod Touch!

We’re very excited to announce the launch of our TaskRabbit App for the iPhone and iPod Touch – available now in the App Store! A couple of months ago, we had a vision. A vision to create an awesome mobile interface that not only gave the user the same quality experience as TaskRabbit.com, but also leveraged the power and simplicity of Apple’s iOS.  We also envisioned an app that didn’t require the user to type a single word – laying more convenience onto our already convenient platform. Today, I’m excited to announce that we delivered on these goals. TaskPosters can now post their Tasks in just a few seconds – without typing a single word. So, for all you busy folks on the go who need help getting things done, I’m proud to say, “There’s an app for that!” The TaskRabbit App helps busy iPhone and iPod Touch users post Tasks wherever and whenever they need a TaskRabbit’s help – walking down the street, in the car, from the subway, or at their kid’s soccer …

The Upside to the Down Economy

  More bad news hit the US economy last Friday. First, we learned that employers added hardly any jobs, which is startling evidence that the highly anticipated economy recovery is stumbling.  And second, a survey of US households showed that more people were actively looking for work. As a result, the unemployment rate rose to 9.2% in June.   Not good! But, while the focus is often on the unemployment rate, “underemployment” is a significant concern as well. The economic downturn and the downsizing it triggered have created a virtual epidemic of underemployment. Underemployment can be defined a couple of ways: 1) having to work multiple jobs to make ends meet, and/ or 2) working a job that is considerably below your education or skill level. According to a recent Gallup survey, nearly 1 in 5 working Americans describe themselves as underemployed. The underemployment epidemic has spared no one – tenured professionals, Ivy League grads, budding entrepreneurs, etc.   As to be expected, the underemployed are looking for ways, any way really, to make ends …

TaskRabbit Expands to LA & OC

Today marks a very exciting day for us here at TaskRabbit. For nearly three years, we’ve been diligently building and perfecting our platform and service in Boston and San Francisco. All the while, folks in cities across the country have been clamoring for TaskRabbit in their own neighborhoods. It has been a dream of mine since I founded TaskRabbit on a cold winter night in Boston back in 2008 to take TaskRabbit national.  After raising our Series A round, led by Shasta Ventures, just over a month ago, the time has come to realize this dream. So, LA and Orange County – here we come! For TaskRabbit to succeed, we knew we had to diligently focus on building a state-of-the-art infrastructure, including a proprietary payment platform, bidding system, and messaging platform that supports the operational and logistical functionality required to deliver a seamless user experience. Now that this has been built, we feel comfortable expanding to other regions. After exploring dozens of cities from all over the United States and tallying all the votes from …

May’s TaskRabbit of the Month is…

May’s TaskRabbit of the Month is Alanna G. Alanna is a Level 21 TaskRabbit in San Francisco. You may recognize her trademark “Hej!”- which is Swedish for Hello- on every Task bid. She has been with TaskRabbit for nearly a year and jokes that she has been doing Tasks her whole life. We bet – considering she is the mother of two grown daughters! Alanna joined TaskRabbit for a very simple reason – to help people, particularly busy moms. (She certainly knows the craziness of being a mom. It takes one to know one!) Now, that her daughters are grown and out of the house, she has the extra time to help others. Alanna adds, “I’ve had my career, I’ve raised two children and now, I take what I’ve learned from those 18 years of caring for those girls. I can do so many things that TaskPosters need.” We love Alanna’s fantastic can-do attitude! Her philosophy is, “You need tasks done, I can do it.” Really, she is a jack-of-all-trades (she even has a huge flat-bed …

A History (and Economics) Lesson in Service Networking

  As one of our loyal blog readers, we hope that you’ve already discovered the power of TaskRabbit and agree that our service marketplace is revolutionizing the way that people get things done.  Many of you may know the TaskRabbit story – it all started when our CEO and founder, Leah Busque, and her husband, Kevin ran out of dog food for the 100 lb yellow lab on a cold night in Boston. Leah and Kevin decided to create  a way of allowing busy people to outsource their Tasks and services to others in their community. Thus, the concept of Service Networking and TaskRabbit were born. TaskRabbit is continuing to lead the way in this exciting space. Before TaskRabbit, if you wanted to get something done, you either simply did it yourself, asked a friend for a favor, hired a professional, or threw something up on Craigslist and prayed for a response.  Of those options, hiring a professional specializing in your Task was clearly the best choice due to the benefits of “comparative advantage.” But, as we …

Task of the Week: B-day Party – Come Dressed as a Hot Dog

Task of the Week: Drive friend to birthday party in a taxi While the Task title seems rather benign, as with many of the Tasks posted on our site, there is a great story behind it! So, here’s the scoop. Sender Mike D needed some help throwing his buddy, Frank, a blowout birthday party last Saturday! Naturally, Mike called on TaskRabbit to help with the flawless execution. The theme of the birthday celebration was “All Things Frank.” Here’s how the Task went down… Runner Dan B. was tasked with picking up the b-day boy in a taxi and delivering him safely to downtown San Francisco for the daylong celebration. The kicker was that Runner Dan was required to dress up as a hot dog… yes, a hot dog, aka a “frank.” Check out the amazing pic- that’s Runner Dan on the left. Awesome Task, Mike! And amazing work, Dan! This is a perfect example of our Runners going the extra mile to help our Senders – gallivanting around town dressed as a hot dog all …

A “Hopped Up” Tale: Adventures of a Task Rabbit

  Meet Ashley H, a Level 11 Runner for TaskRabbit in San Francisco.  While not running Tasks, Ashley is a freelance journalist, contributing to the Bold Italic, and a professor at Stanford (impressive!). She chronicles her experience as a Task Rabbit in an article entitled “Hopped Up”. In this post, Ashley details all the amazing stuff you can do as a TaskRabbit Runner – super fun things like “help me shoot a commercial” and “write a creative thank-you note to my parents for everything.” Ashley has certainly managed to get herself into some exciting things; she’s been a “paper flower fluffer,” a “stoplight delivery gal,” and a “psychology paper editor.” (Score for that Sender! It’s not everyday that a writing coach for Stanford’s Graduate School of Business reviews your paper!) Awesome stuff, Ashley! We’re glad your experience as a Task Rabbit has allowed you to dabble in a few different things and given you an opportunity to help your neighbors and local small business owners. It’s great to have you as part of the community! “Hopped Up” – the Bold …