RunMyErrand becomes TaskRabbit

A year in the making, RunMyErrand finally switches over to TaskRabbit.  I’ve blogged a few times about wanting to change the name for many reasons.  Mostly because the word "errand" in RunMyErrand was much too narrowing.  I am thrilled with this fun, spunky, and hopefully memorable name – TaskRabbit.com. 

When I founded RunMyErrand almost two years ago, I knew the name would only take us so far.  The original vision of empowering a community to live smarter and more efficiently, remains true, and this evolution into TaskRabbit will support my core vision now and beyond.

There is one problem though.  Kobe really hates the bunny ears.

Today we launch a brand spanking new website with all kinds of hot new features.  These pieces of functionality are largely requests we’ve gotten from our members over the past 12 months.  Some of the ones I am most excited about are:

  • Put a Task up out for bid.  Choose your Runner based on their profiles, ratings, and reviews.
  • Schedules a task to occur every 1, 2, 4, or 6 weeks.  It will autopost for you – set it and forget it.
  • Pay only when your Task is complete.  No need to pre-purchase credit packages.

In contrast with RunMyErrand.com where I did almost 100% of the development work, another major difference with TaskRabbit.com is that I did almost none of programming.  This is the strangest thing for me.  I used to know were every last piece of code and functionality lived and breathed.  Any little tweak or bug fix I needed to make, I could pin point in my head exactly where I needed to be.  With the new TaskRabbit.com, the inner workings of the site are foreign to me.  I’ve shifted my focus to running the company and building the business, and the surprising part is, I actually like the business side of things a smidgen more than the programming side. 

I’m grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to explore these new skill sets.  That was the whole purpose of breaking out of my previous engineering job at IBM.  I knew I had other skill sets I wanted to explore and use on a daily basis.  In that, I have succeeded, and 2 years later am so excited to see this company evolve into TaskRabbit.com.

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