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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

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 Ameri

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 ha

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 representat

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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 m

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-residenc

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. Fo

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 bill

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 reg

When Old-Economy Jobs Become New-Economy Gigs

I love the sharing economy because it's efficient. Got some spare time? Become a TaskRabbit! Spare space? AirBNB it! A car and nowhere to go? Drive for Uber or Lyft! The taxi industry is a regulatory-

TaskRabbit Debuts Revamped Platform, Launches New Website And Mobile Apps

Last month, errands marketplace TaskRabbit announced plans to shake up its business model, shifting away from the auction- and negotiation-based platform that it founded five years ago to a more tailo

Following A Drop In Completed Jobs, Errands Marketplace TaskRabbit Shakes Up Its Business Model

Errands marketplace TaskRabbit is shaking things up today with a change to its business model. The company says it's shifting away from the auction model where contractors bid for tasks posted by end

UK Home Cleaning Startup Housekeep Raises $1M To Take On Hassle, Homejoy, Mopp And Others

The UK home cleaning market continues to lather up. Hot on the heels of <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2014/05/08/i-love-it-when-a-pivot-comes-together/">Hassle.com's $6 million fund-raise</a> f

TaskRabbit For Business Service Portal Quietly Disappears

TaskRabbit for Business, the errands marketplace’s business-focused web portal announced at the beginning of last year, has quietly disappeared. Links to this particular service, which was aime
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