Startups To Watch In 2014 – Airtasker
As mentioned in our earlier post titled Best Startup Business 2014, we are looking at businesses that could vie for the title of Best Startup Business 2014.
Startups To Watch In 2014
In this series we are taking a look at some well-known success stories as well as brand new businesses that are still testing their offering.
Today we look at a brave new venture that has been having great success in the Australian market.
The Problem . . .
Everyday tasks can often be the mounting straws that break the camel’s back.
Whether at home or at work, there are so many chores to be completed in everyday life that it sometimes seems like we’re being buried under a mountain of small potatoes.
For the past three years, Airtasker has been building a sustainable online marketplace which allows users to outsource errands and other work to other members of the community.
Utilising the growing power of the sharing economy, this innovative startup has enabled 75,000 Australians to collaborate and share the load.
From house cleaning to data entry, furniture assembly to graphic design, Airtasker is facilitating job creation to the tune of AU$1.5 million and rising.
According to them, Airtasker “connects people seeking to outsource everyday tasks & errands with trusted, reliable people who can complete those tasks. Gain access to thousands of people with the time skills and expertise to make your life easier – when you want, for the price you want.”
People can connect through Facebook or sign up with an email address to get tasks done or earn money running tasks.
The story of Airtasker is similar to that of our own here at CurrencyFair in that the founders had a problem that needed solving. At CurrencyFair, it was the problem faced by the expat founders when trying to send money back home.
Here’s Airtaskers version of the problem-solution formula:
Our co-founders, Tim and Jonathan came across the idea for Airtasker in 2011 when they were moving apartments and had a huge number of chores and errands that needed completing – from packing boxes, to cleaning and assembling flat pack furniture. With all the possibilities being created through local, mobile technology the pair thought that there had to be a place where people could connect with trusted members of the local community to help them with all of these types of tasks done, especially when there were so many people looking for jobs! After a few months of planning, designing and coding (mostly in Jonathan’s living room), Airtasker was born.
At CurrencyFair, we’re really excited to see how the team in Sydney expand over the coming months because the power of online marketplaces can no longer be underestimated.
We wish them all the best.
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