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Leah Busque | Innovators Under 35 | MIT Technology Review

Leah Busque | Innovators Under 35 | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Leah Busque “quit IBM to work on an idea she had: that people should be able to go online and easily hire their neighbors to do quick errands and other odd jobs. She later called it TaskRabbit."

 

“Today, 13,000 TaskRabbits bid for jobs in 14 U.S. cities. Three-quarters of them hold bachelor’s degrees; 5 percent have PhDs. These “micro-entrepreneurs,” as Busque calls them, include retirees, mothers, the unemployed, and the underpaid. They do everything from delivering lunches and fixing toilets to dressing up as a hot dog for a surprise birthday party (true story). Pay might be as low as $10 per task, but some skilled jobs fetch hundreds, especially for TaskRabbits with high reputation rankings on the site. The employer pays a 20 percent commission to TaskRabbit.”

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This was something some futurists and economists predicted: that people would be hired out for limited work in addition to other more predictable, stable work. This has more implications and "revolution", in connection with Kaggle, is a powerfully accurate description.

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Anthony Goldbloom | Innovators Under 35 | MIT Technology Review

Anthony Goldbloom | Innovators Under 35 | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A startup called Kaggle tries to bring smart people to knotty problems.

 

Goldbloom created "a website where data scientists could compete to win cash in their spare time by solving such problems for companies. He didn’t know much about programming, so he taught himself to code and built the website in his bedroom in Melbourne, Australia.

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Another use of competition and networking to find solutions.

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