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EQUAL TO THE TASK

Leah Busque made outsourcing small jobs and errands easy by creating TaskRabbit. Here’s how she built the web platform that helped spawn the gig economy.
Leah Busque sold TaskRabbit to Ikea in 2017 for an undisclosed sum.

WHEN I WAS 8, I asked my dad what was the highest role in a company, and he said, “It’s the CEO.” That’s when I decided what I wanted to be. I started a recycling program in our elementary school and set up an office in our basement, where I was the CEO.

When it was time to go to college, I majored in computer science and mathematics with a minor in dance. I graduated from Sweet Briar College in Virginia in 2001 and worked at a startup that was quickly swallowed by IBM. I worked on messaging and collaboration products for about seven years and learned how to create software

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