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How Digital Platforms Like LinkedIn, Uber And TaskRabbit Are Changing The On-Demand Economy

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.14.2015 | Technology

We've been inundated with stories about how advances in technology will change employment -- from the rise of the "on-demand economy" to the ...

Public Policy Challenges and Opportunities in a Digital Economy

Sen. Mark Warner | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
Sen. Mark Warner

Some version of the Gig and Sharing economies are here to stay. As policymakers, we need to ask the right questions, discuss the appropriate rules of the road, and know when we need to get out of the way.

Cutting the Mesh

Joe Singh | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Joe Singh

It's an increasingly inescapable truth that no industry, no technology, and no way of doing things is safe from startups. We saw it with music distribution, then film distribution, and now we're seeing it with hiring cars, renting a place to stay, and grocery shopping.

The Share-the-Scraps Economy

Robert Reich | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

The euphemism is the "share" economy. A more accurate term would be the "share-the-scraps" economy. New software technologies are allowing almost any job to be divided up into discrete tasks that can be parceled out to workers when they're needed, with pay determined by demand for that particular job at that particular moment.

How The Uber Economy Can Become A Race To The Bottom

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business

Growth in on-demand services helps customers improve their lives by finding somebody else to clear out the garage, put up the shelves or run errands. ...

TaskRabbit Founder Leah Busque: Having Female Role Models Is 'An Important Thing'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business

As an engineer, Leah Busque, founder and CEO of TaskRabbit, said she's always worked primarily around men. "For me, it's never something I've focus...

18 Ways To Use The Internet To Make Life Just A Little Bit Better

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 11.13.2014 | Technology

Sometimes it seems like technology just overcomplicates everything, instead of making our lives easier. But some Internet tools really do simplify ...

How To Kill It at IKEA, As Told by a Professional Assembler and Personal Shopper

Brad Hines | Posted 11.09.2014 | HuffPost Home
Brad Hines

As a personal shopper and IKEA furniture assembler on Taskrabbit, I am no stranger to purchasing and assembling the popular quasi-disposable-but-oddly-cheery furniture. Here are my conclusions, that I wish I'd known a long time ago.

A Day in the Life of the Sharing Economy

David Mandell | Posted 07.30.2014 | Business
David Mandell

We recently embarked on a project to elevate the awareness of the sharing economy and are proud to share a look into a Day in the Life of the Sharing Economy. This movement is not just a trend, it's a way of life.

This Man Will Assemble Your Furniture, Make You A Cocktail And Sing Opera

Robin Wilkey | Posted 11.30.2013 | San Francisco

Talk about service! After an unfortunate experience with task outsourcing service TaskRabbit, Charles Vickery, 27, of San Francisco set out to off...

Plays Well With Others: Brand Partnerships and Your Business

Leah Busque | Posted 02.04.2013 | Small Business
Leah Busque

Entrepreneurs have a natural inclination to go it alone. While this do-it-yourself spirit can help you move forward, partnering with another brand lets you broaden your reach, accomplish more with fewer resources and create extraordinary experiences for your current (and future) customers.

Jason Gilbert

How To Avoid Lines On Black Friday

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Gilbert | Posted 11.22.2012 | Technology

If you've ever tried shopping on Black Friday, you know that everything about the experience suggests the activities of insane human beings. You k...

Making the Leap: A Founder's To-Do List

Leah Busque | Posted 12.04.2012 | Small Business
Leah Busque

Making the leap into starting your own business is a brave and bold move, and everyone's path is different. Here's my ultimate to-do list for new and aspiring founders.

How to Hire Extraordinary People

Leah Busque | Posted 10.09.2012 | Small Business
Leah Busque

Hiring's tough. It's not just filtering through hundreds of applications and blocking out big chunks of your day for interviews -- those are the simple parts. The difficult thing is the nagging feeling that, despite your best efforts, the perfect candidate will somehow fall through the cracks.

When Your Employees Thrive, So Does Your Business

Leah Busque | Posted 09.17.2012 | Small Business
Leah Busque

So how do we go about keeping employees happy at TaskRabbit? Sure, we have our ping-pong tables, Nerf guns, and video games, but that's just the start.

Janean Chun

How Did This Startup Create 4,000 'Jobs' In 12 Months?

HuffingtonPost.com | Janean Chun | Posted 08.21.2012 | Small Business

In February 2008, Leah Busque was headed out to dinner with her husband when she realized they were out of dog food. She had no idea that that simple ...

In Lieu Of Traditional Jobs, Apps Help Unemployed Gain Income

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 07.25.2012 | Money
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Nishat Kurwa Photo Credit: Youth Radio People looking for work are turning to apps like TaskRabbit and Gigwalk to make some money. This story ori...

The Evolution of Online Trust

Leah Busque | Posted 07.10.2012 | Small Business
Leah Busque

Listening to problems, owning up to mistakes when necessary, responding at lightning speed, and diligently protecting user privacy are the cornerstones of trust-building customer service.

Free Agents: Will Micro-Labor Shrink Workplace Rights?

Michelle Chen | Posted 06.13.2012 | Business
Michelle Chen

Although a fair day's pay for a fair day's work isn't an outdated concept yet, the emerging online market for manpower appears more aimed at pumping up quantity, rather than quality, of jobs in the precarious new economy.

The Best $750 I Ever Spent Bootstrapping My Startup: One Plane Ticket West

Women 2.0 | Posted 03.19.2012 | Technology
Women 2.0

It was Friday and it had been a long week. I was back in Boston after spending the last two weeks in Palo Alto, participating in the Facebook Fund program (fbFund).