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Founder & Executive Chairwoman, TaskRabbit

Leah A. Busque: Biography at a Glance

  • Founded TaskRabbit, a digital marketplace for on-demand service recently acquired by Ikea
  • Named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company
  • Inaugurated into the Forum of Young Global Leaders in 2014
  • Active angel investor and advisor to retail, consumer technology, hardware and education companies
  • More than 15 years of experience creating technology products that have reached millions of people around the globe
Founder & Executive Chairwoman, TaskRabbit

Leah has over 15 years experience building and creating technology products that have reached millions of people around the globe. She started her career at IBM as a Software Engineer, working on Lotus Notes and Domino. In 2008 Leah founded TaskRabbit, the leading on-demand service marketplace in the world. She served as the CEO for eight years and now is the Executive Chairwoman of the company.

A vision for revolutionizing the way people work led Leah to pioneer the concept of “service networking.” Leah has expanded TaskRabbit internationally, raised more than $50 million in venture funding, and inspired legions of startups to launch in the collaborative consumption space. Fast Company named her one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business,” and her achievements have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Time.

Leah has a passion for the application of digital technology across industries. She is an active Angel Investor and Advisor to a wide range of companies and venture funds giving her breadth of insight across industries such as retail, specialty apparel, consumer technology, hardware, education, and marketplaces. In addition to TaskRabbit, she works closely with companies such as, Homebrew Ventures, Binary Capital, Monica+Andy, Nanit, and Zently. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Galvanize, a Ed Tech startup out of Denver, CO.

In 2014 Leah was inaugurated into the Forum of Young Global Leaders, a prestigious group of less than 1000 people around the globe recognized for their bold, brave, action oriented entrepreneurial ventures that are having a global impact. As a Latina, she is passionate about bringing diversity to business culture and also enjoys speaking on topics related to the future of work, women in technology, and entrepreneurship. She has facilitated workshops and delivered speeches across the globe including the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the University of Oxford in the UK, and Tina Brown’s Women in the World Summit in New York City.

Leah resides in the Bay Area with her husband, two children, and highly energetic black labrador retriever. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Sweet Briar College, where she earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the college.

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