Digital marketplace Clutch closes $1.2M pre-seed round led by Precursor Ventures
The duo aims to democratize the tools needed for everyone to become a content creator.
Fresh out of YC, Houm raises $8M to improve the home rental and sales market in LatAm
As a longtime real estate developer based in Chile, Benjamin Labra was able to spot gaps in the buying and renting markets in Latin America. To meet demands, he started Houm, an all-in-one platform th
TaskRabbit is resetting customer passwords after finding ‘suspicious activity’ on its network
TaskRabbit has reset an unknown number of customer passwords after confirming it detected “suspicious activity” on its network. The IKEA-owned online marketplace for on-demand labor said i
Malaysian on-demand work platform GoGet lands $2 million Series A
GoGet, a Malaysian on-demand work platform, announced today that it has raised a $2 million Series A led by Monk’s Hill Ventures. The platform currently has 20,000 gig workers, who are called &#
With $18M in new funding, Braintrust says it’s creating a fairer model for freelancers
Braintrust, a network for freelance technical and design talent that launched over the summer, is announcing that it has raised $18 million in new funding. Co-founder and CEO Adam Jackson has written
Stacy Brown-Philpot is stepping down as CEO of TaskRabbit
TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot announced today that she is stepping down from her role at the freelance labor marketplace. Brown-Philpot joined TaskRabbit seven years ago as the company’s ch
How Grab adapted after COVID-19 hit its ride-hailing business
The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a heavy toll on ride-hailing services, like Uber and Lyft. Grab, Southeast Asia’s largest ride-hailing company, has also been impacted, but the company has adapte
The next service marketplace wave: Vertical market-networks
The last few decades have produced many successful marketplaces. But why haven't we seen many successful B2B service marketplaces?
Early-stage investment firm Defy hires Eventbrite exec Brian Rothenberg as partner
Defy, a Series A venture capital fund, has hired its first non-founding partner.
TaskRabbit kicks off Canadian expansion
TaskRabbit is kicking off its Canadian expansion in the greater Toronto area before rolling out in Vancouver in October and Montreal sometime in 2019.
The lobbying is fast and furious as gig companies seek relief from pro-labor Supreme Court ruling
For four years, Edhuar Arellano has left his house at 7 a.m. on weekdays to drive customers around the Bay Area for Lyft and Uber. Most days, he doesn’t get home to Santa Clara until 11 p.m. On week
Hello Alfred raises $40M to bring hotel-style hospitality to more households
New York-based chore wizard Hello Alfred is about to expand its mission to make life easier, one to-do list at a time. The company commands a small army of thoroughly trained home helpers who take car
How did Thumbtack win the on-demand services market?
Earlier today, the services marketplace Thumbtack held a small conference for 300 of its best gig economy workers at an event space in San Francisco. For the nearly ten-year-old company the event was
TaskRabbit CEO posts statement as its app returns following a cybersecurity breach
After taking them down to investigate what it called a “cybersecurity incident,” TaskRabbit’s website and app are back online. The Ikea-owned platform for on-demand labor also posted an update f
TaskRabbit’s app is offline while it investigates a “cybersecurity incident”
TaskRabbit, the on-demand errand service acquired by IKEA last year, announced today that has taken its website and app offline while investigating a “cybersecurity incident.” The company also sai
IKEA U.S. launches a furniture assembly service from TaskRabbit
You can now pay IKEA to help you put together its confusing furniture. The company announced this morning it’s rolling out the new TaskRabbit At-Home Assembly service in select U.S. markets wher
IKEA has bought TaskRabbit
TaskRabbit, the on-demand platform for hiring people to do everything from build furniture to stand in line for you at the Apple Store, has sold itself to IKEA, Recode first reported. IKEA has since c
A Slack integration is Magic’s next act
Remember the text message-based service on-demand company, Magic Assistant? In a whirlwind two months after the service's launch on Product Hunt, Magic went viral based on its claims to deliver anythi
Gig economy stalwart TaskRabbit is contemplating a sale
One of the earliest and most prominent startups of the so-called "sharing economy" or "gig economy" is evaluating the possibility of selling itself. As reported by Recode, freelance work marketplace T
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