SPOS #855 – Mike Evans On The Startup Journey

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Welcome to episode #855 of Six Pixels of Separation – The ThinkersOne Podcast.

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – The ThinkersOne Podcast – Episode #855. The recently released book, Hangry, is a humorous, rags-to-riches, cautionary tale about Mike Evans, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, who founded GrubHub in his basement and expanded it into the multi-billion dollar online food delivery colossus. Hungry and tired one night, Mike wanted a pizza, but getting a pizza delivered was a pain in the neck. He didn’t want to call a million restaurants to see what was open. So, as an avid coder, he created GrubHub in his spare bedroom to figure out who delivered to his apartment. Then, armed with a $140 check from his first customer and ignoring his crushing college debt he quit his job. Over the next decade, Mike grew GrubHub into the world’s premier online ordering website. In doing so, he entered the company of an elite few entrepreneurs to take a startup from an idea all the way to an IPO. GrubHub’s journey from Mike’s bedroom to Wall Street doesn’t fMit into how business schools teach entrepreneurship. With a razor-sharp wit, Mike reveals surprising insights about how people approach food, and hard-won truths about how startups succeed — and even harder-won truths about how startups fail. Shocking everyone, at the pinnacle of startup success, Mike left it all behind, quitting the company he started to bike across the United States in search of balance. But eventually, the grand vistas of America bring the lessons of the past into focus, driving the realization that for entrepreneurs a hunger for success doesn’t end, and he starts another company, even more ambitious than the first. The company is Fixer. Fixer is an on-demand handyperson service. The key to the business is that the fixers are W-2 employees with benefits, trained from scratch in-house. Their goal is to reboot trade education in the United States. Enjoy the conversation…

Download the Podcast here: Six Pixels of Separation – The ThinkersOne Podcast – Episode #855.

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