Hangry: A Startup Journey

Hachette Audio. Nov. 2022. 8:46 hrs. ISBN 9781549135392. $25.98. BUSINESS
Like many good innovations, the impetus for GrubHub started with hunger. Not hunger for money or success, but for pizza. Evans came home late one night after a boring day at work and was dismayed by how difficult it was to order a pizza. To improve the situation, he coded a quick site that listed menus of restaurants that would deliver to his apartment. Soon he quit his job and set out to change food delivery altogether. Reading his own work, Evans demonstrates fantastic narration skills, as he describes the incredible learning curve, successes, and challenges that came with starting and running GrubHub. Evans starts at the beginning, when he had very little capital investments, and continues through all the stages of GrubHub’s development. An IPO in 2014 bestowed millions, but bored by the day-to-day requirements of running a company, Evans again quit his job, this time deciding to ride his bike across the U.S.
VERDICT Evans exposes the trials and tribulations of starting a business as an entrepreneur with a heart, impressive writing chops, and a talent for narration. This title will be attractive to patrons who might not think business books are their thing. Recommended for public library collections.
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