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.