TaskRabbit

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    IKEA has bought TaskRabbit

    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 confirmed the acquisition, saying the plan is for the furniture retailer to acquire 100 percent of the shares in TaskRabbit but that TaskRabbit will continue to operate independently. That… Read More

  • A Slack integration is Magic’s next act

    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 anything; promptly raised a rumored $12 million from Sequoia Capital (with Sir Michael Moritz, KBE joining the board); and then went into hiding as it figured out an actual business plan. Read More

  • Gig economy stalwart TaskRabbit is contemplating a sale

    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 TaskRabbit acknowledged that it is contemplating a sale after receiving inbound interest from a possible strategic buyer. Read More

  • 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