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Stacy Brown-Philpot Is Revolutionising Freelance Work With TaskRabbit

Stacy Brown-Philpot is one of the “unusual tech bosses” around and she is taking TaskRabbit to heights where it will benefit many freelancers. Here we offer a brief look at Brown-Philpot’s journey and TaskRabbit’s dream.

 

As she herself notes, The Financial Times has described her as a “rare example of a black, female chief executive in the tech industry.” This is likely because she wears her hair in dreadlocks. Also, she dresses in her most comfortable outfits regardless of what the event is.

 

Before she headed TaskRabbit, Stacy Brown-Philpot had worked for Google in 2003. She stayed with the search engine giants for over 10 years before she left. In that time, she once moved from San Francisco Bay Area to Hyderabad, India to head Google’s online sales and operations.

 

At 41, she became the CEO of TaskRabbit in 2016. She also serves on the Board of Directors of HP Inc. HP Inc. deals with information technology and it also builds PCs and other electronic equipment.

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TaskRabbit, on the other hand, is an American online and mobile marketplace. It matches freelance labor with local demand, allowing consumers to find immediate help with everyday tasks. These include cleaning, moving, delivery and handyman work.

 

The firm had been created in 2008 and since Stacy Brown-Philpot became its CEO, it had been acquired by IKEA Group. It is a European multinational group that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture. As well as kitchen appliances and home accessories, among other useful goods and occasionally home services.

 

IKEA launched a furniture assembly service from TaskRabbit in March 2018.

 

Brown-Philpot’s TaskRabbit has its major base in California and operates in 45 cities in the US. There are concerns that the new California law, AB5, will affect TaskRabbit.

 

The law mandates that Uber and other gig economy sites like TaskRabbit are to treat their workers as employees, not contractors.

 

While it is not clear what Stacy Brown-Philpot’s take is, she had told the Washington Post in an interview that freelance work is mainstream.

 

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Onwuasoanya Obinna

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