John Vars, TaskRabbit’s Chief Product Officer, brings more than 15 years of technology experience and a passion for creating amazing user experiences. He leads the product, engineering and design teams responsible for building and optimizing the TaskRabbit experience. Prior to joining TaskRabbit John co­founded Dogster, a portfolio of premium pet properties that was acquired by Say Media in 2011. At Say Media, John served as VP of Product building the award­winning publishing platform, Tempest, and growing Say’s stable of top media brands like Jane Pratt’s XoJane. Previously, he served as Director of Software Development for the global travel company Preview Travel, which merged with Travelocity in 2000. In 2002, he combined his love of travel and coding by becoming the Sydney, Australia­based manager and lead software engineer for Travelocity's international partnerships and joint ventures in Asia­Pacific and Europe.