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  • Tech companies like TaskRabbit are engaged in affirmative action, and that’s ok

    Tech companies like TaskRabbit are engaged in affirmative action, and that’s ok

    Aiming to increase diversity and foster inclusion in the tech industry is not the same as affirmative action, TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot said on stage today at the Internet Association’s Virtuous Circle conference. “I wouldn’t say it’s affirmative action but it’s a recognition,” Brown-Philpot said. “Our company should represent the population… Read More

  • Elizabeth Warren takes on the ‘so-called gig economy’ in speech

    Elizabeth Warren takes on the ‘so-called gig economy’ in speech

    Senator Elizabeth Warren has some choice words for Uber, TaskRabbit, Alfred and all the other companies taking part in the “so-called gig economy,” as she put it in a speech Thursday for the New America Foundation’s annual conference. She isn’t against them by any means, but urged both the companies and lawmakers to make labor-friendly changes: “No worker should… Read More

  • California bill to give gig workers organizing rights stalls over antitrust concerns

    California bill to give gig workers organizing rights stalls over antitrust concerns

    A controversial bill that would have given gig workers the right to collectively bargain with the tech companies they work for stalled in the California legislature today, meaning that workers will have to wait at least another year for the opportunity to bargain for higher wages, paid sick leave, and other perks. Uber drivers, TaskRabbit errand runners, Postmates couriers —… Read More

  • TaskRabbit announces plan to increase hiring of black employees

    TaskRabbit announces plan to increase hiring of black employees

    TaskRabbit announced a detailed plan to improve the diversity of its workforce today. The plan is part of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Tech 2020 initiative, which aims to increase black representation and inclusion throughout the tech industry. Read More

  • Life, by subscription Crunch Network

    Life, by subscription

    The American dream is no longer for sale — but it is for rent. We are slowly going through a subtle shift in how the economy is owned and operated, with massive implications. On an average day, you may wake up, shower, dress, drive to work and return home. But the way you do it is changing: Where once you would own the car, the house and the clothes, you now have the option to live life… Read More

  • Twenty-Year-Old Shahed Khan Has More Connections Than You Do

    Twenty-Year-Old Shahed Khan Has More Connections Than You Do

    Shahed Khan is a kind of VC wunderkind at the moment. At age 20, while many of his peers are either attending college or living with their parents, he’s working as an entrepreneur-in-residence with a noted team of investors at NFX Guild, a new accelerator program in San Francisco. (We’d written about it here.) Now the spotlight is on Khan to see if he can produce. Khan and… Read More

  • Three Tips For Worker Classification For The Next On-Demand Startup Crunch Network

    Three Tips For Worker Classification For The Next On-Demand Startup

    While Uber and TaskRabbit have become household names, and the on-demand economy continues to boom, the problem of worker classification continues to bedevil companies in the on-demand marketplace. For new startups looking to enter this exciting landscape, there are many lessons that can be learned from the demise of companies like Homejoy, as well as from companies like Instacart and Luxe… Read More

  • Our Marketplace Obsession And Bubble Crunch Network

    Our Marketplace Obsession And Bubble

    Service marketplaces have recently become Silicon Valley darlings. The marketplace model has been a popular way for VCs to efficiently tap into the local economies at scale, specifically the $800 billion home services space. It’s a model that dates back to the initial concept of Yellow Pages in 1883. And it makes sense — giving homeowners a convenient way to find local… Read More

  • What We Need To Know About On-Demand Work Platforms Before Regulating Them Crunch Network

    What We Need To Know About On-Demand Work Platforms Before Regulating Them

    As we fast approach the 2016 election cycle, the future of on-demand work platforms is at a crossroads, with Uber, TaskRabbit and other market leaders facing increased scrutiny and skepticism from regulators and political leaders. At the same time, these platforms inadvertently contribute to a growing anxiety among the public, who are concerned that the on-demand economy may change the future… Read More