Career

Ania Smith Named Chief Executive Officer at TaskRabbit

Former UberEats, Airbnb leader brings international operational experience

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 11, 2020 /CNW/ — TaskRabbit, the leading online and mobile service that connects consumers with “Taskers” to handle everyday home improvement tasks and errands, today announced that it has named Ania Smith, former Airbnb and UberEats leader, as the company’s chief executive officer.

Smith brings two decades of strategic and operational expertise with leading consumer technology and management consulting companies. Her career has focused on optimizing marketplaces for growth, including leveraging pricing and operating models to increase revenue, drive customer acquisition and enhance the overall user experience. Additionally, Ania has launched businesses in international markets and has a deep understanding of the strategies associated with scaling operations globally.

“We’re delighted to welcome Ania to TaskRabbit and Ingka Group (IKEA Retail). Ania impressed us with her extensive strategic and operational experience, knowledge of online marketplaces and vast experience

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11 Black-Owned Wellness Brands To Follow, Shop, & Share

Whether it’s buying an indie brand’s lipstick versus a global conglomerate’s or hitting up the local farmer’s market instead of a grocery chain, we have the power to make a positive impact with our shopping decisions. And now more than ever, supporting Black-owned businesses should be at the top of our purchase priority lists. To kick off this conversation, we talked with BLK+GRN founder Dr. Kristian Edwards, PhD, to learn more about all the beautiful Black-owned wellness brands we should all be following, shopping, and sharing.

“When I started looking at the [wellness] industry, specifically, the industry leaders, I thought that Black people, in general, were being left behind — and women were really being left behind,” BLK+GRN founder Dr. Kristian Edwards, PhD, told Refinery29. “It was really important to me, trying to make sure that Black women always had a space.”  Dr. Edwards’ journey into wellness began shortly after

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Karavel Shoes Donates 3D Face Masks to Schools, Famous Footwear and Coach Make Big Donations + More

Aug. 11, 2020: Fashion-comfort retailer Karavel Shoes in Austin, Texas, is doing its part in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19. The family-owned business is in the process of printing 1,200 3D face shields to be donated to staff working in 15 schools located in low-income neighborhoods in Austin. The store also hired three high school students to work on the project. In addition, said Karavel owner Rick Ravel, the store will be selling additional masks to consumers with all proceeds from their sale donated to the Central Texas Food Bank.

Aug. 11, 2020: Famous Footwear has announced a new multiyear partnership with Ticket to Dream, which provides opportunities for foster children across the country. As part of the move, the brand is donating more than 12,000 new pairs of shoes this month to foster kids ahead of the back-to-school season and plans to provide supplies throughout the fall.

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“Revenge Porn” Isn’t Real

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Photo credit: Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

I can’t have a discussion of sexual assault and the battle for our safety without talking about the latest war zone: the internet.

My abusive relationship crept out of my home and into the public eye via cyber exploitation—a violation experienced by many thousands of American women each year. The phrase we most use to describe this type of abuse, revenge porn, encapsulates our terrible inability to understand it for what it is. Cyber exploitation is not porn; it’s not consensual or produced for public entertainment. It’s not revenge either, since that implies that it’s been disseminated for some righteous reason—because the victim has actually done something deserving retribution. Revenge porn sounds like something we should leer at, and the phrase itself is not okay.

Millions of people witnessed what happened to me—nude photos were released by conservative media outlets, facilitated by my

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Stuntman Engulfs Himself in Flames to Pop the Question to Girlfriend: ‘The Perfect Proposal’

SWNS Katrina Dobson and Riky Ash

Riky Ash asked his sweetheart to marry him as he was covered in flames spreading up his back and legs.

Nurse Katrina Dobson, 48, was left speechless by the stunt, but eventually regained her composure and said yes.

Dobson knew her beau would be set alight, but thought she was just taking part in a photo shoot, and had no idea he would propose.

She was told it was for a piece about a National Health Service nurse finding love, and even turned up in her scrubs.

“He sold it to me as a story on something that would make people smile,” said Dobson, who works in the accident and emergency department. “When he was set on fire, I saw he had his hand in his pocket. I thought, ‘What are you doing, get your hand out of your pocket.’ And all of a

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Selling Sunset’s most Googled questions answered

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Photo credit: Netflix

From Cosmopolitan

When it comes to a flawless reality TV formula, there’s one thing for certain: Selling Sunset has it nailed. The show’s luxury Hollywood real estate, outrageously glam cast, and wall-to-wall drama make it the perfect marathon watch. Basically, we’re a little bit obsessed. And it looks like we’re not the only ones, judging by all the Selling Sunset searches everyone’s been making. Here’s a rundown of some of the most Googled Selling Sunset questions along with the answers. You’re most welcome.

How does commission work?

The Oppenheim Group agents don’t earn a base salary and are only paid on the commission they make, which varies depending on the price of the property. Commission is basically a percentage of the full cost of the house they sell. For example, if an agent sells a house for $800,000 and are working with a 5% commission, the commission

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“I Just Really Miss Our Teachers So Much”

Actress Angela Kinsey has always admired the hard work educators do. Ever since she was young, Angela’s older sister has been a teacher, so she knows first-hand just how trying the profession can be. Recently, Angela partnered with Staples for its “Thank a Teacher” contest, which awards 20 deserving educators with a $5,000 Staples gift card to stock their classrooms for the coming school year.

“Some of my earliest memories are of my sister being a teacher and helping her cut out things for the classroom,” Angela told POPSUGAR. “My mom and I would help her cut out class decorations while sitting around the fireplace in the winter. She always goes above and beyond for our students. She always goes out of pocket every year to buy things for her classroom. So when I heard that Staples was doing the contest, I just thought it was really wonderful because our

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Editorial: The TikTok ownership dance

Worries about the TikTok app's data collection could be eased if the Chinese-owned app was sold to Microsoft or another U.S. company. But American companies are ravenous collectors of user data too. <span class="copyright">(Getty Images)</span>
Worries about the TikTok app’s data collection could be eased if the Chinese-owned app was sold to Microsoft or another U.S. company. But American companies are ravenous collectors of user data too. (Getty Images)

Even before President Trump signed an executive order that could soon smother social network TikTok, Microsoft emerged as a potential savior for the U.S.-based but Chinese-owned video snacking service. Now, Twitter and several investment companies are also reportedly talking to TikTok’s owner, ByteDance, about possibly taking over the social network and keeping it going.

That may seem like sweet blessed relief to the network’s estimated 100 million active U.S. users and especially the entrepreneurs who have made a career out of TikTok videos. But while new, non-Chinese ownership would remove some privacy and security concerns, it would also highlight the weaknesses in U.S. law and the ongoing vulnerability of smartphone app users.

Invoking powers granted by

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This 12-hour master class shows you how to make it big as a consultant

This 12-hour master class shows you how to make it big as a consultant
This 12-hour master class shows you how to make it big as a consultant

TL;DR: Learn to be your own boss with this online course for $49, a 95% savings as of Aug. 11.

Things are weird in the economy right now. Whether you’re working full time but feel completely stuck in a job you hate, or you’re unfortunately recently unemployed thanks to COVID, it’s hard to know what’s the best path forward for your career.

But sometimes when things get weird, you end up taking an unexpected road that’s all the better in the end. And for some, that road may include taking your career into your own hands by becoming a consultant.

The term “consultant” can mean a lot of things — everyone from designers to coders to business development professionals to electricians can partner with companies as consultants. In short, you provide a service and bill the

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I’m a 19-year-old TikTok influencer. Here’s how I turned social media into a job

Parker James, 19, is a social media creator based in Dallas, Texas, who has made a name for himself on TikTok through his family-friendly comedic character “StEvEn.” His character is the endearing and curious CEO of the Dino Club, a fictitious club he created for dinosaur lovers. Below James shares in his own words how he went from being an average high schooler to a TikTok powerhouse with over 6 million followers, a talent agent and making a living from creating videos.

I’ve always enjoyed making others happy.

When I was younger, I started making funny videos in hopes of making my friends and family laugh. Their reactions always made me so proud and motivated me to continue to come up with new jokes and skits.

However, as I grew older I got more into sports than my previous comedy passions. Unfortunately, while trying out a new trick on my

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