Every day, we feature stories of female founders and how they started their companies. 😊 Today we’re looking at Leah Busque, founder of @taskrabbit, the app that connects you with taskers who would run your errands.
🖥 Leah had been working in IBM as a software engineer for 8 years and she wanted a change. She began looking at problems she faced with an entrepreneurial mindset. So one night when she ran out of dog food, she came up with the solution to build a place to connect busy consumers to taskers.
😵 She quit her job at IBM and spent 10 weeks building the website. With zero experience in business and startup, Leah didn't know how to market, operate or finance the startup; she had no contacts in Silicon Valley; she was bootstrapping her company for a year and found herself running out of money.
🍀 "I remember every single day thinking “should I keep going? Should I push forward?”" Not wanting to quit, Leah hustled through. She talked to anyone and everyone about her idea. A chance encounter connected her to Scott Griffin, then CEO of ZipCar, who became her mentor. Scott connected her to two angel investors who invested $150,000.
📢 From there, Leah got invited into a Facebook Incubator program which led her to another $1.8 million in seed funding, and they've been growing ever since. The biggest takeaway I got from her experience is to get talking! You never know who you might meet that can lead you to your next mentor, investor or partner who would help you in your business.