Leah Busque

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Leah Busque Solivan
Leah Busque 2017.jpg
Born (1979-11-15) November 15, 1979 (age 40)
EducationSweet Briar College
OccupationGeneral Partner at FUEL Capital; Founder of TaskRabbit
Spouse(s)Kevin Busque [1]

Leah Busque Solivan[pronunciation?] (born November 15, 1979), the founder of TaskRabbit,[2] is an American entrepreneur.

The 2008-founded company was originally named RunMyErrand[3] and was renamed in 2010.

TaskRabbit[edit]

The company is an online and mobile marketplace that connects clients with "Taskers" to outsource small jobs and tasks, like cleaning, deliveries, furniture assembly, and more to others in their neighborhood.[4] From 2008 to 2016, Busque served as CEO of TaskRabbit. Over that time, she scaled the company to 44 cities and raised more than $50 million. In April 2016, Busque transitioned into the role of executive chairwoman.[5] In September 2017, TaskRabbit was acquired by IKEA.[6]

Entrepreneur[edit]

In an interview with ABC News, she spoke of the pressure to succeed.[7] ,

Since the summer of 2017, Busque has been a General Partner at FUEL Capital, where she invests in early-stage companies across consumer technology, hardware, education, marketplaces, and retail.[8]

Biography[edit]

Busque graduated from Sweet Briar College in 2001, earning a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science.[9] She currently serves on the college's Board of Directors.[10] Prior to RunMyErrand, Basque was an IBM Corp. engineer.[3]

Busque lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, who is also "in technology,"[11] and two children.[12]

In an interview,[11] she said that, based on one of the couple's "geeky conversations" she "purchased the domain name Runmyerrand.com" and "Four months after that" left IBM "to build the first version of the site." When a chance to help the business grow required the family to relocate, they moved from Boston to San Francisco.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fortt, Jon. How TaskRabbit's Kevin and Leah Busque stay married to the game, and each other. CNBC. May 21, 2017.
  2. ^ Anand Giridharadas (June 1, 2012). "Is Technology Fostering a Race to the Bottom?". The New York Times.
  3. ^ a b Galen Moore (April 8, 2010). "RunMyErrand changes name to TaskRabbit". BizJournals.com (Boston Business Journal).
  4. ^ Moran, Gwen. Building a Business on Busy Schedules and Making Errands Pay. Entrepreneur. November 21, 2011.
  5. ^ "TaskRabbit Founder Leah Busque Steps Down As CEO". Fortune. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  6. ^ "Ikea has bought TaskRabbit". Recode. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  7. ^ "TaskRabbit founder on the pressure entrepreneurs face to succeed". ABC News. Retrieved 2020-03-20.
  8. ^ "TaskRabbit's founder has joined a VC firm, as the company continues to explore a sale". Recode. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  9. ^ Leah Busque Profile CrunchBase. February 14, 2012.
  10. ^ "SBC Board of Directors".
  11. ^ a b Alyson Shontell (October 10, 2011). "Founder Q&A: Make A Boatload Of Money Doing Your Neighbor's Chores On TaskRabbit". Business Insider.
  12. ^ "Leah Busque". Broadway Angels. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  13. ^ Jessica Bruder (December 19, 2012). "A Wave of Start-Ups Helps Small Companies Outsource Their Tasks". The New York Times.