In July, Kevin Gibbon made an announcement that could turn out to be the best, or worst thing to ever happen to his startup — depending on who you talk to.
Gibbon is the founder and CEO of Shyp, a three-year-old package delivery startup with $62 million in funding. The app-based service, lauded by many as the “Uber for shipping,” allows users to summon a courier to their door and pick up anything that they want to ship across the country. Initially, the 31-year-old founder relied on contractors to do this work “for all the reasons all the big startups do,” he said. Gibbon liked that the employee model would allow him to scale quickly, and Uber’s colossal success proved that a big workforce wanted contract employment. Or so he thought.