Leah Busque of TaskRabbit: From Engineer to Entrepreneur

September 17, 2012

3:00 pm

The chief inspiration officer for TaskRabbit is Kobe Busque, a hungry, eight-year-old labrador retriever. Founder and CEO Leah Busque became an entrepreneur when she realized that she shouldn’t have to cancel date night just because she ran out of dog food. There should be a service for outsourcing small tasks and errands to people in the community, she thought. Since then, she’s been undergoing the transformation from engineer to entrepreneur: quitting her job at IBM, learning to fundraise, and figuring out the “black box” that is entrepreneurship.

Busque must be doing something right, because TaskRabbit has moved into 9 areas (including New York City, Seattle, and San Francisco), expanded to over 40 employees, and raised almost $40 million in funding.

Tech Cocktail caught up with Busque to learn about the history of TaskRabbit and her advice for entrepreneurs. Watch the full video with Leah Busque. The interview was filmed at Techweek 2012 in Chicago on June 24, 2012. It is also part of the Tech Cocktail Conversations podcast – subscribe on iTunes.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact kira@tech.co.

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