I'm not an investor in either crowdSpring or TaskRabbit, so this is not meant to be a promotional piece. But, I am a fan of both services and others like them.
These companies fall into a space that I'm very interested in called Collaborative Consumption
What is Collaborative Consumption? Essentially it is a new category of online service that harnesses the fact that people are now organized into online networks with real identities and reputations. In these networks, people interact with each other in a variety of ways (design collaboration, peer to peer lending, eCommerce, vacation rentals, car sharing and the list goes on and on). There are a number of exciting new companies that are joining the pioneers of this category (e.g. eBay): Uber, Zaarly, 99Designs, LendingClub, oDesk, AirBnb, Ridejoy, Redbeacon, Skillshare, Getaround and Grubhub.
InterWest is an investor in Carwoo, an innovative online car buying service that is in the collaborative consumption space. Carwoo has aggregated a network of auto dealers who bid against each other in an open marketplace to win a new car buyer's business. New car buyers enjoy a simple experience where they enter the make/model of the car they want to purchase and then begin to see offers from dealers on Carwoo.
If you are working on a new idea in this category, please send me an email.
P.S. See below the before and after pictures of my garage after a TaskRabbit project. I have used TaskRabbit on ~6 occassions now, all with fantastic results.
|Garage: BEFORE TaskRabbit|
|Garage: AFTER TaskRabbit|