Thumbtack stands with you.

Marco Zappacosta
Jun 5 · 2 min read
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Through the weekend and beginning of this week, we’ve remained silent. We wanted Black voices to be the loudest, not brand voices. We wanted to listen. And we took a hard look at ourselves.

We have not done enough. We are nowhere near where we ought to be.

This movement did not begin with George Floyd’s murder or black squares on social media. While this moment feels like a wake-up call for many, there have been plenty of opportunities to speak up and show up, to galvanize action. We let those opportunities pass us by. We can do better.

At Thumbtack, we are committed to building an inclusive and anti-racist community. Know that in both my personal capacity and as a leader of Thumbtack, I stand in solidarity against injustice, racism and hate. We can’t support our Black employees, pros and customers without fighting for Black lives. Black Lives Matter.

There are changes we can make. To start, we pledge to make practical investments of time, energy and money in two main areas.

On the Thumbtack platform, we will:

  • Review our platform to ensure we are not furthering inequality. We’ll investigate discrimination and bias — and if found, remove it — to ensure our platform is fair for all.

As a company, we will:

  • Recruit Black employees, from executives to new graduate hires. We currently have no Black members on our senior leadership team or our board of directors. We’re far less diverse as a company than the country and than our population of pros.

These changes will make Thumbtack more diverse, equitable and inclusive in the long run. And we want Thumbtack to be a platform that our pros and customers can use with pride.

Change can be hard-won, but the work is important. These are just the first steps — we promise that more is coming.

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Marco Zappacosta

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Co-Founder & CEO of @thumbtack

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Our local service marketplace intelligently matches customers to pros with the right expertise, availability and pricing. Customers find electricians, landscapers, DJs, anyone they need, and pros create sustainable businesses doing what they love. Visit: www.thumbtack.com.

Marco Zappacosta

Written by

Co-Founder & CEO of @thumbtack

Thumbtack Blog

Our local service marketplace intelligently matches customers to pros with the right expertise, availability and pricing. Customers find electricians, landscapers, DJs, anyone they need, and pros create sustainable businesses doing what they love. Visit: www.thumbtack.com.

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