A Love Letter to Our Founders, Customers and Gigwalkers

from Bob Bahramipour, Gigwalk CEO

To our founders, customers, and Gigwalkers,

Last week the Gigwalk team announced several important milestones. 

We launched 100,000 Gigs with Bing/Microsoft to help them collect 3D panorama photos across 3,500 cities.  We announced $6 million of new venture capital financing to help us expand Gigwalk’s reach, technology and customer base. 

We also announced a CEO change. After years of hard work and huge contributions to Gigwalk, our founding CEO, Ariel Seidman, is off to invent the newest, new thing (and we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next).

As I take on the CEO role, I want to acknowledge, thank, and re-affirm the Gigwalk team’s commitment to our stakeholders.

Our Founders

Almost three years ago three Yahoo! colleagues got together and hatched Gigwalk.  Ariel, Matt & David wanted to build something lasting and something that touches real people in the real world.   As we grow Gigwalk, we are unwavering in our commitment to those founding principles.

Gigwalk Founders

Gigwalk founders (left to right): Matt Crampton, Ariel Seidman, David Watanabe

Our Customers

We have been lucky to have incredible customers with vision to see how a mobile workforce and mobile technology can accelerate their businesses.  More than ever, we are going ‘all-in’ to ensure our customers’ success – adding features, building new products, investing in customer care, understanding your needs, and taking work quality to the next level.

Our Gigwalkers

We love you.  The talents of the Gigwalk workforce never cease to amaze us.  No matter what customers ask, you all come through again and again.  The team here is truly committed to helping each of you be as successful as possible.

We are just getting started. Don’t be shy; keep coming to us with ideas, suggestions and feedback (Android) – we’re on the job for you.

Cheerios from the whole Gigwalk team.

- Bob Bahramipour, CEO

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Before you read this blog - go update your app.  It’s all good, we’ll wait… It’ll be worth it, we promise.  

All done?  If you’ve already opened the app, you probably noticed that you go straight into the Map/Gig List now. After all, that’s the most important part of the app.  In fact, the entire navigation has been spruced up so that everything that has to do with finding and doing Gigs is front and center.

                       

But that’s not the best part. Next time you go in to apply for a Gig, you’ll see something new and exciting for most of the Gigs that get posted.  Those of you who post Gigs will want to listen in on this part too.  

Now, the customer has a choice between choosing who does their Gig themselves, or having Gigwalk’s technology choose for them.

Needless to say, computers can be a lot faster at choosing who’s going to do Gigs than people are, especially when there are lot of Gigs to decide on.  So now, when you stumble upon one of these Gigs and hit the apply button, You’ll get a window like this:

                               

The computer will then use your answer to this question, along with its knowledge of the work you’ve done before to make a decision within the hour of who’s going to do the Gig.  So while some customers will still want to hire their own workers, you won’t need to apply to a lot of them anymore, giving people using the app, and posting Gigs the power to get more done.

Of course, as Uncle Ben from Spiderman says, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Saying you can get a Gig done in 2 hours helps you get the Gig, but not getting the Gig done within the time you say will have grave consequences for your reputation - and therefore your ability to get Gigs in the future. After all, it just makes the computer look bad if it chooses someone and they don’t pull through.

Thanks again to everyone for their feedback, and as usual, stay tuned for more updates to come!