Mike Youngblood, the CEO of mobile hiring app Hire Scene, first became an entrepreneur in the 1970s, when he started selling shoes in college. “I created my own gig before the term ‘gig economy’ even existed,” Youngblood said.
Early gig economy work and the launch of the iPhone were the inspiration for Hire Scene, which Youngblood created at North Carolina State’s Centennial Campus.
“[2007, the year the iPhone launched] was a big year and it changed a lot of things, specifically with employment, how to work and how to hire in this economy,” Youngblood said. “Specifically with employment, how to work and how to hire in this economy. My wife and I knew that we could figure out how to use this new app technology to shorten the cycle of filling jobs, and it ended up being a chance to “Uber-ize” employment opportunities.”
Since the Youngbloods previously worked in human resources and employment rather than tech, Hire Scene is designed to address the needs of both the potential employee and the hiring manager.
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