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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[9] 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.