Hi, I’m Mike Evans, I like building things. Especially startups.
I founded GrubHub because I wanted a pizza and getting pizza was hard. I wrote version one of GrubHub.com in 2002. Armed with a “Sales for Dummies” book, I signed up hundreds of restaurants for online ordering. From there, I lead GrubHub through 5 financing rounds, a couple of acquisitions, a merger with Seamless, and ultimately, the IPO. Phew!
With the IPO complete, I left GrubHub to ride my bike ride across the United States. At the beginning of the ride, I was still decompressing from a decade at an outrageously stressful job. The difficulty of crossing the Appalachians combined with a fragile mental state to force me to the brink of quitting. By the middle of the country, I grew much stronger physically, and I found myself surprised at the new friendships I formed among fellow riders. At the climax of the ride, in Colorado and Wyoming, I discovered how to be simply present.
Since returning from my bike adventure, I’ve founded another company and embarked on a writing career. The company is Fixer.com. 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. Our goal is to reboot trade education in the United States. Which is, of course, a ridiculous goal.
Prior to business, and writing, and MIT, I grew up in northwest Georgia, the feral youngest child, reared by a heroic single mom.
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.