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The Jobs Of The Future Are Already Here

The jobs of the future are already popping up.  Taskrabbit is a San Francisco-based startup, with operations in Boston, LA, and soon, New York, that organizes people to run errands. For a fee, the company’s ‘taskrabbits’ will pick up busy people’s laundry, groceries, set up Ikea furniture, paint your house, and more.

There are other start ups like this. Airbnb (Air Bed & Breakfast) is a popular apartment sharing platform on the web that makes it easy to find a place to stay while traveling, or swap apartments for a vacation.  As with any start up, there have been problems, but the concept is sound.

It’s not a bad business, even for the taskrabbits — the company says some earn $5000 a month. Check out a NYT article about them here.

The key to success in the future is what it has always been: figure out how to get people what they want at a price they can pay.  For those who have eyes to see, the streets are paved with gold.

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  • Jim.

    So what’s the best way to get across to today’s youth (not to mention the unemployed) that this is the way to go and seek their fortune?

  • Brendan Doran

    This is not a core industry to build an economy at any level around, it’s a pure service economy play.

    Service = from Servant.

    We need to regain our National Sovereignty – first from the Washington/Wall Street Control Fraud Cabal. This will not be pretty and will involve more than elections.

    And then we need to rebuild our industries. If it can be manufactured, mined or grown it needs to be from here, for our own needs and to export to the world.

  • WigWag

    Yes, this is really great news. People who used to be employed as lawyers, accountants, construction workers, teachers and auto workers can now look forward to the prospect of serving as concierges in the new economy.

    I wonder whether those construction workers who used to build houses, office buildings and factories will make the same amount of money that they used to now that they’ve been reduced to constructing Ikea wall units.

    I wonder whether those laid off teachers will be able to support their families now that they are applying their talents to standing on line at the DMV to save a little time and effort for the few Americans who still have real jobs like the Wall Street types who’s shenanigans caused the financial crisis in the first place.

    Concierge services are not a new economy innovation, they are an old economy reality. The only difference is that in the old days these jobs were performed by high school graduates or high school drop outs. In Professor Mead’s utopian future, these jobs are held by Ph.Ds.

    Returning to a world where Jeeves serves Wooster may be Professor Mead’s idea of progress but it is hard to understand why.

  • LM Dorsey


    Pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?

    On the one hand, “the people” who get “what they want at a price they can pay.”

    On the other, taskrabbits.


    Makes my flesh crawl.

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