The Stepping Down of TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot Represents the Constant Struggle of Silicon Valley DiversityJune 26, 2020
San Francisco’s marketplace recently reported that TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot will be stepping down from leadership. Considering the fact that many tech companies are run by white males, her retirement will have an impact on the amount of diversity in tech company leadership. TaskRabbit was recently purchased by Ikea and will have another successor to take her place as chief executive officer.
Brown-Philpot’s next professional move is currently unclear despite the company planning for the shift months in advance. The company did not, however, prepare for the shocking impact of the pandemic and the social justice movement happening all over the world. The COVID-19 outbreak and violent protests have both created an unpredictable future for many tech companies like TaskRabbit that made large plans for this time of the year.
Amidst all of the chaos surrounding the murder of George Floyd, Brown-Philpot has been working with SoftBank to support black-owned businesses impacted by this year’s events. Racial injustice is something that Stacy has experienced first hand and believes that it has hindered the development of the black community. Her impact on the black community is still strong despite her not having a big role as CEO. Stacy believes that diversity in tech is highly needed and Silicon Valley is far behind on creating an environment that pushes racial diversity in leadership.
The large team that consists of TaskRabbit consists of assistants and handy experts who need enough work to maintain their daily lives. Stacy has led members of TaskRabbit for the past four months of the pandemic to help fulfill the company’s mission. A large part of the mission is to ensure that gig workers have proper protection and safety procedures. Gig workers are often met with unforeseen circumstances and TaskRabbit offers them safety instructions and protection equipment to use on the job. TaskRabbit has been very thankful to have Stacy as its leader. The company has seen positive growth in its global impact on the business world and is in a position to grow each year. Many cities throughout the United States, Canada and Europe offer gig opportunities through TaskRabbit. The demand for gig services offered by TaskRabbit is predicted to grow high because of the current high demand from the reopening of the country. It is clear that the company serves as an important part of society.
TaskRabbit is a company that has a lot of room for growth due to the fact it has a lot of potential to help more and more people across the world. Seemingly simple tasks such as putting together trampolines, starting barbecue grills and setting up personal offices make up the laundry list of tasks that people get help with via TaskRabbit gigs. Many of these chores are high in demand and people often depend on gig workers to complete the tasks. Essentially, the company has experienced much growth in a variety of areas such as deliveries. While this positive growth is true, Stacy believes that gig companies like TaskRabbit must do a better job at taking care of their dedicated contract workers. She believes that it may be helpful to grant them access to portable benefits that follow them from job to job.
Brown-Philpot believes that it is important for companies to take care of their communities. She will always be known as one of the few black women who have had the chance to serve in leadership roles in the tech industry. She has successfully led the gig worker marketplace for over four years. TaskRabbit was recently sold to Ikea and she saw it happen during her time as CEO of TaskRabbit.