What Foodspotting, LARK, and TaskRabbit Have in Common: Women Entrepreneurs
By women2org on March 02, 2012
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Her solution was a vibrating wristband that serves as a soundless alarm clock. It gets better: The LARK wristband tracks your sleep patterns and syncs to your iPhone to show your how you slept at night, even making recommendations for improvement.
Today, you can find Julia Hu's LARK wristband "un-alarm clock" on shelves at Apple stores across the country. With the tagline "wake your potential, not your partner," LARK is sure to be a runaway hit.
Engineer Leah Busque is a self-proclaimed fan of math, algorithms, puzzles and ... efficiency! She wanted a way to outsource things like small errands and tasks, so she coded the first version of the website herself over the course of a summer.
TaskRabbit is a place for people to outsource their errands and tasks to "TaskRabbits" nearby. Here's an example: I've used TaskRabbit to purchase and bring me a banana cream pie on Pi Day. I couldn't leave and do it myself because it was an especially tough work day but I wanted someone else to go across, stand in line, purchase the banana cream pie and deliver it to my office because I absolutely could not leave. So I did what any self-respecting techie would do -- I posted the task up on TaskRabbit, and by the end of the day, I had the banana cream pie delivered to me at my office by a smiling TaskRabbit.
People have used TaskRabbit to wash a neglected pile of dishes, pick up dry cleaning or pet food, clean an apartment before AirBnB guests arrive and much more. These TaskRabbits have been screened and background checks performed -- you can even see a record of customer ratings from previous tasks they ran.
Three cheers for Leah Busque, who has been "single-handedly creating thousands of jobs" in this current economic recession.
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