Twenty Things About TaskRabbit Founder Leah Busque

TaskRabbit founder Leah Busque was a software engineer in Boston (with a well-documented B.S. in computer science) when the concept of “service networking” occurred to her. Not quite four years later, her San Francisco-based company has 40 employees. By answering 20 of the questions that make up Ten Things About Me, she offers a little insight into what it takes to make that kind of thing happen.

What was your favorite TV show as a kid?
Star Trek: Next Generation.

What qualities do you like in a person?
Conviction, Energy, Inventiveness.

What qualities do you dislike?
Indecisiveness, Dispassionate, Inertia.

Name one thing you will regret never having done (if you never do it).
Go on a sub-orbital space flight.

Do you still buy CDs or rent DVDs?
No, streaming all the way!

What would you be doing if you were not in your current job?
Dancing classical ballet.

What is your greatest achievement to date?
Building a platform that empowers people to do the things they love.

iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?

If you could meet any historical or fictional person, who would it be?
Neil Armstrong, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Amelia Earhart.

What site/app do you check first when you wake up?

What was the last thing you fixed?
I fixed myself a sandwich today ;)

What was your first computer?
The one my husband, Kevin, built for my family and me in high school.

What was your biggest mistake?
Making mistakes is part of building a company – the important thing is focusing on what you’ve learned from them.

Do you have a dog or cat or other pet?
The inspiration of TaskRabbit, my Yellow Lab, Kobe!

What’s your favorite mode of transportation?
My Honda Metropolitan 49cc Scooter!

What was the last book you read?
The Hunger Games trilogy.

If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
Super speed!

Name your favorite guilty pleasure.

What do you drive/ride?
A Mini Cooper.

Who was your biggest influence growing up?
Sarah Sabatini, my high school math teacher.

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