Rick Bowman Joins Team to Help Carry Out Company Vision
Chicago, Ill., June 19, 2017 — Shiftgig, a mobile technology platform that connects businesses with vetted, hourly workers, announced today that Rick Bowman has joined the company as Chief Technology Officer.
In this role, Bowman will lead the technology strategy, operations and management for Shiftgig’s two-sided mobile marketplace. For more than a decade, Bowman has built a distinguished career, serving in senior technology leadership roles at Deloitte Consulting, HelloWallet, and Morningstar, where he most recently served as Chief Software Officer leading software engineering practices for more than 1,200 technologists across the globe.
“Over the past 18 months, our engineering team has doubled and we expect that growth to continue given enterprise demand, bringing in like-minded executives who have scaled teams, passionate about our vision are key to our success,” said Eddie Lou, co-founder and CEO of Shiftgig. “As an evangelist for modern web technologies, public cloud, open source and agile operations, Rick shares Shiftgig’s vision for creating financial opportunities for the hourly workforce.”
Bowman describes his leadership style as “user-first,” focusing on understanding their needs and delivering improvements to make their lives better through technology advancement.
“Shiftgig offers me the unique opportunity to take my love of user-centricity and experimentation through agile practices to the next level and lead the development of a two-sided marketplace that must meet the needs of both workers and the businesses who utilize them,” said Bowman. “I’m excited to join this high-energy environment and am committed to ensuring Shiftgig’s technology remains the smartest and easiest way to connect people with shifts and businesses with the right talent.”
Bowman is an active participant in technology groups across Chicago such as the GOTO Conference, ITA Student Tech Challenge, and enjoys presenting talks, most recently on inner-source software cultures and techniques at Agile Day Chicago. He got his start in software development at the age of 10 and wrote one of the first books on the programming language VB.NET at 19. He completed his undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech majoring in Computer Science with minors in both Math and Business.
Shiftgig is an app-based mobile platform that connects businesses with reliable, high-quality workers on demand. To date Shiftgig has raised $59 million in capital and hired more than 20,000 workers, called Specialists. Over 1,800 clients, including some of the biggest names in food service, hospitality, retail, warehouse and experiential marketing, use Shiftgig because of its ability to easily fill and manage short term job assignments with fully qualified workers. People use Shiftgig to discover short term work opportunities when, where and for the businesses they prefer.
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