Hi, I’m Mike Evans, I like building things. Especially startups.
I’m building a new company, Fixer. We’re a “right now” handyman service. Using our website, anyone in Chicago can book a fixer in minutes for whatever time is convenient for them. Our fixers are full time employees with benefits, as our company is committed to creating a career path alternative to the “gig” economy.
Before Fixer, I went to MIT where I graduated with a pile of degrees and an equally impressive pile of debt. After that adventure, I co-founded GrubHub because I was frustrated with futilely searching for delivery restaurants and grumbling through inaccurate orders. I wrote version one of GrubHub.com in 2004 then armed with a “Sales for Dummies” book, I bootstrapped the business for two years. From there, I lead GrubHub through 5 financing rounds, a couple of acquisitions, a merger, and ultimately an IPO. Phew!
With the IPO complete, I amicably left GrubHub to try some new things. The following day, I started a bike ride across the United States. Upon returning, I put a lot of energy into mentoring other entrepreneurs until I got too fidgety and decided I needed to work on my own thing again. Oh, I also wrote a science fiction novel. I’m actively searching for a publisher. You can read the first chapter here.
On occasion, people ask for a picture of me. I assume that’s because I’m speaking at their event. Though, conceivably, they may just want to throw darts at it. Regardless, feel free to use the images below. (Click on the image for a hi-res version)