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

TaskRabbit Takes Its Errands Marketplace To London For Its First Move Outside The U.S.

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.taskrabbit.com">TaskRabbit</a>, the U.S. startup that runs a marketplace for people who need help with short-term work and errands, is hopping over the pond for its

Deliv Raises $6.85 Million To Bring Same-Day Delivery To A Store Near You

Investors have recently piled millions into same-day delivery startups such as New York's <a target="_blank" href="https://www.zipments.com">Zipments</a> and San Francisco's <a target="_blank" href

Zipments Closes $2.25 Million Seed Round To Speed Up Same-Day Deliveries

New York based Zipments, a same-day delivery marketplace that connects retailers with couriers, has closed a $2.25 million seed round to further build out its product and expand to new cities. It's fa

Sooqini Raises $500,000 Seed Round For Its ‘UK TaskRabbit’

With the heavily-funded and U.S.-based TaskRabbit having a few <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2013/07/08/taskrabbit-confirms-layoffs-as-it-realigns-to-focus-on-mobile-and-enterprise/">teething p

Telefonica Makes Its First Wayra-Incubated Investment With Taskhub, A TaskRabbit For Volunteers (And Making Money)

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.telefonica.com">Telefonica</a> has been operating a series of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wayra.org">Wayra Academies</a> to seed fund and mentor startups

TaskRabbit Partners Up With Gap, Giving Free Gift Vouchers To Customers Who Spend $75 Or More In SF And NYC Stores

TaskRabbit is tying up with Gap to raise awareness for its brand. As part of the partnership, Gap customers shopping in stores throughout San Francisco and New York City will receive $25 gift vouchers

Uber For Maids: GetMaid Launches Its On-Demand, Premium Maid Service In New York

Like <a target="_blank" href="https://www.airbnb.com/">Airbnb</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.uber.com/">Uber</a> has spawned a subset of startups that are looking to capitalize on the succe
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