Day 1

People often ask me what the founding story of Thumbtack is. I’ll be honest: there was no eureka moment that makes for a neat founding myth. We didn’t start with a product in mind at all--we started with a problem. The unglamorous truth of Thumbtack’s origin is that we were a bunch of dorks who went looking for the biggest market inefficiency that we thought could be solved with technology. We ...

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Tai Chi-compressor

Six Reasons Why You Should Try Tai Chi

We’re all searching for stability in a constantly shifting world - and tai chi is a good place to start finding balance. Lessons learned in training can help when you lose your job, your beloved pet ...

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Tiles - compressor

Featured Pro: Ron Mielke

If you’ve ever taken a shower, you know how important tile is. After thirty years of finessing heavy squares onto walls and back splashes, Ron Mielke is a master craftsman. He’ll outfit your bathroom ...

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small business owner

The three things small businesses really want from government

Watch C-SPAN for more than 30 minutes, and you’ll likely see more than one policymaker sing the praises of one of America’s most celebrated groups: small business owners. And with good ...

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BBQ Corn

Why You Need a Personal Chef For Your Summer Barbecue

Did you know that barbecue isn’t just about hurling meat onto a fiery grill? We didn’t either. True barbecue is a leisurely process of smoking meats using different woods at low temperatures and ...

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Dog Photo compressor

Featured Pro: Lauren Roundtree

Lauren Roundtree has finessed the canine instincts of hundreds of dogs and over ninety different breeds, helping them learn obedience and manners. She can teach even the biggest, toughest dog to be ...

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Dessert Chef - compressor

Why You Should Hire a Dessert Chef For Your Garden Soiree

If you want a Pinterest-worthy garden party, don’t attempt petit fours and stunning tiers of whimsically decorated cupcakes on your own. Hiring a professional to give your guests the sugar high of the ...

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Ease of licensing and state friendliness

Is it Time to End Licensing Rules?

Responses from the 2014 Thumbtack Small Business Friendliness Survey demonstrated that service pros are more frustrated by professional licensing regulations than any other regulatory factor in their ...

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Newborn-3-compressor

Why You Should Book a Photo Session For Your Newborn

 {source} It may seem like this new human will spend its entire life as a squirming, wailing meatloaf - at least that’s how it feels at the 3 am feeding - but they grow fast. Soon your baby is ...

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pricing services

Pricing 101: How to Price Your Services for Success

Here’s a major worry we’ve heard from Thumbtack professionals: “I’m worried that because I charge more than other pros, I’m getting undercut by my competition and losing work.” We hear you loud and ...

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Mike Yost - wedding

Featured Pro: Mike Yost

Business often feels like business - emails to be answered, clients to be coddled, bills to be paid. But sometimes business intersects the human in a way that feels downright transcendent. In a way ...

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