Eddie LOU 搂伯威
CEO and Co-Founder
Eddie Lou is the CEO and co-founder of Shiftgig, a digital marketplace that connects people to work shifts on a mobile device. Shiftgig is one of the fastest growing technology companies in Chicago and has raised over $35 million in venture capital. A year ago, the company served Chicago and New York City; today, it is in 9 markets and will be scaling to over 20 markets be end of 2016.
Besides Shiftgig, Eddie also serves as a national board director in One Goal, the non-profit he co-founded. One Goal makes college graduation possible for thousands of urban youth.
What was your first job, and how did it shape your life?
Bus Boy at a restaurant where I learned the importance of showing up on time, customer service and the value of a dollar.
What books are currently on your bedside table?
“The Hard Thing About Hard Things” by Ben Horowitz
When do you feel the most free?
Competing on a bike or during an aquabike race (formerly triathlons) because I’m moving fast and there isn’t a worry on my mind.
What was the last present you gave someone?
I surprised my beautiful wife with some hand lotion and a scented candle.
What was the last present you received?
A Steelers baseball cap.
What is an extraordinary place you have recently traveled to?
The Alhambra in Granada, Spain
What is the one thing most people don’t know about you?
I came 2nd place in an Ironman race. I actually came in 700th place but I raised $42,000 for charity which was 2nd place most fundraised.