The idea behind Airtasker was conceived in 2011 when co-founders Tim Fung and Jonathan Lui were moving apartments and realised many of the jobs that had to be done could be outsourced to other people. At the time, Tim and Jonathan were working as part of the founding team of mobile startup Amaysim and understood the potential in the local, mobile economy. The team successfully raised AUD $1.5 million two months after launch and began expanding its offering to cater for businesses as well as individuals.
The company acquired local Australian rival TaskBox for an undisclosed sum in February 2013.
Airtasker announced a partnership with Australian jobs listing website CareerOne in July 2013 which gave the platform further exposure to the casual jobs market. By late 2013 Airtasker had closed a second round of funding raising a further AUD $2 million, bringing total investment in the company to AUD $3.5 million and valuing it at $10 million.