Episode 5: Navigating the Explosive Growth in the Gig Economy – Joe Waltman, VetPronto

 

One of the big topics of conversation the last few years is this transition to the gig economy – freelancer contractors working for companies like Uber, TaskRabbit and others. Most of the discussion has been about ensuring people working in this gig economy are treated properly and aren’t taken advantage of by companies. In this episode we look at this from the entrepreneur’s perspective and the challenges of building a business using the gig economy workforce. Today we want to look at what it’s like to build a business that relies on gig economy workers. Our guest today is Joe Waltman, co-founder of VetPronto, a mobile veterinary service. Joe and I worked together at Boost Mobile back in the day in what seems like a lifetime ago now, but was a lot of fun.  Joe – What’s the Lowdown?

– Joe – Briefly tell us what drew you to the world of entrepreneurship and how did you end up with your name of the shingle of VetPronto?
– What were the key challenges with building a business based off of a freelance workforce? What did you learn or would you have done differently at the start?
– So when you expand into a new city, how do you find and entice vets to join Vetpronto?
– How do you see your workforce evolving over the next couple of years?
– What trends do you see in this gig economy that others using this staffing model should be aware of?
– You bootstrapped VetPronto at the start – What key milestones, if any, did you hit during that period that prepared you to raise capital?
The Real Lowdown Segment
– You bootstrapped VetPronto at the start – What key milestones, if any, did you hit during that period that prepared you to raise capital?
– What keeps you up at night now?
– You were eventually accepted into the prestigious Y Combinator accelerator. What about that experience can you pass on to someone who’s not able to participate?
– Where do you see opportunities now for companies looking to leverage the changing nature of work?

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