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TaskRabbit Lays Off Staff In Restructuring Move

Errand outsourcing firm TaskRabbit may have dumped about 20% of its staff according to reports.

TaskRabbit Lays Off Staff In Restructuring Move
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TaskRabbit is laying off a number of its permanent staff due to slow growth rates, TechCrunch has learned. The move is said to be part of a bigger restructuring effort as TaskRabbit tries to pivot its business to achieve greater uptake by consumers and enterprise customers.

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One of the affected staffers alleges that 13 people were let go, which equals about 20% of the 65-person staff. TaskRabbit has said the figures are inaccurate but hasn’t yet revealed a definite figure.

The company, led by industrious entrepreneur Leah Busque, acts as a marketplace for people to request help with chores, odd-jobs, or small services–even simple acts like delivering food. In recent months the site tried a new wrinkle on its business model by launching a service where small businesses can find temporary staff cover.

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