October 10–11, 2016  •  San Francisco, CA
Marco Zappacosta

Marco Zappacosta
Cofounder and CEO, Thumbtack

Website | @mlz

While Thumbtack doesn’t have the high profile of Uber or Airbnb, it’s become a crucial lubricant of the small business economy of the modern city, helping consumers find skilled professionals they can trust and helping those professionals find customers. Liquid marketplaces are a big part of the future of work, and Marco has gone after an often-invisible sector that is essential to the functioning of modern society.

— Tim O’Reilly

Quotes from Marco

Thumbtack is not the gig economy. Thumbtack is the real economy.

Ultimately the future of work is the skilled professional.


Marco Zappacosta is the cofounder and CEO of Thumbtack, a service that connects customers who need something done with the right professionals. Recognized by Forbes as one of 2015’s 30 under 30, Marco has been featured in stories in the New York Times, Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, and CNBC, and Thumbtack was recently acknowledged as one of GlassDoor’s best places to work. Marco started Thumbtack after graduating from Columbia University, where he majored in political science (after failing the last class of his neuroscience and behavior major). He and his wife live in San Francisco.