TaskRabbit acquires SkillSlate
Today, San Francisco-based online marketplace for outsourcing errands and tasks, TaskRabbit has announced that they are using an undisclosed portion of their their nearly $25 million in funding to acquire SkillSlate, an auction-based website for local services.
In a statement, TaskRabbit said, “SkillSlate crowdsources its network of service providers to help its customers with any task they need done or alternatively, provide instruction on a particular skill they’d like to develop. Sound familiar? SkillSlate is certainly similar to TaskRabbit, particularly in the sense that it’s a service marketplace. What makes SkillSlate unique, though, is its focus on skill-based and artistic tasks – including personal training, tutoring, DJing and even fire dancing. By integrating SkillSlate’s platform with TaskRabbit’s, we will be able to provide an even more enhanced service – one where folks can get help with practically anything.”
In addition to the company services being integrated into TaskRabbit, the SkillSlate team will be joining in as well, with Bartek Ringwelski (SkillSlate Co-Founder and CEO) joining as director of financial planning and analysis, Brian Rothenberg (SkillSlate Co-Founder and VP of Product & Marketing) as director of online marketing, and Mike Nelson (SkillSlate CTO) as the newest member of TaskRabbit’s engineering team.
This is TaskRabbit’s first acquisition in their three years and with the more specialized professions featured in SkillSlate, the acquisition immediately improves the already helpful and popular TaskRabbit.
We recently showcased 10 business tasks businesses can hire out to TaskRabbit talent, which with the added talent through the acquisition, this top 10 list will quickly grow to include more professional services that can help streamline small business’ operations.