A Startup Journey with Mike Evans, Founder of GrubHub

The Marketing Podcast with Mike Evans

In this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast, I interview Mike Evans. Mike founded GrubHub in his spare bedroom and grew it into a multi-billion-dollar online food delivery colossus that is a household name. Since leaving GrubHub, he founded Fixer.com, an on-demand handicapping service focused on social impact. He lives in Chicago with his wife, daughter, dog and bike.

Questions I ask Mike Evans:

  • [1:46] Can you give a high-level overview of the IPO from Grubhub to what you’re doing now?
  • [2;47] It was like a lark when you did it – meaning you made it because you could?
  • [3:38] Have you knocked on restaurant doors and said ‘I have this idea, do you want to be a part of it?’
  • [6:06] Was there a moment where you thought it was actually working?
  • [7:15] At what point did you say that we have to go take the money?
  • [7:52] Was there competition that you had to buy, and/or what kind of acquisitions did you think you had to make?
  • [9:19] You have spent a lot of time – there are many entrepreneurs and startups that have not achieved anywhere near your level of success – what damage has that done to your personal life?
  • [12:51] At what point do you exit until the IPO, which I think some people will actually say, you’ve made it now, why are you exiting? So what is the story behind it and how do you position that story?
  • [15:53] Are you still an investor in GrubHub?
  • [16:08] Speaking of bikes across America, how long have you been riding?
  • [16:23] Have you met people on the street who know who you are?
  • [18:48] Where was the best beer?
  • [19:45] What can you tell us about Fixer.com?
  • [20:46] Will its expansion be much slower?
  • [23:25] Where can people find books and connect with you?

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