August 22, 2021
Gig Economy


Independent contractors are here to stay (heard of CA’s Prop 22?). As contractors become more popular, the question remains: How can everyday folks trust them? YourCheck may have an answer.

⚾ The Elevator Pitch:

Decades ago, trusting a stranger to drive you around or deliver your food seemed crazy. Today, it’s the norm. Background checking Gig workers is a multi-billion dollar industry. But what if you don’t have the resources of a VC-backed HR department or rating systems - how can you reliably background-check your babysitter, house cleaner, or FB Marketplace seller?

YourCheck is building a two-tap verification application to send and receive background checks for the gig economy. Currently, the majority of background checks happen for gig workers at marketplace start-ups (Uber, DoorDash, Airbnb). YourCheck is filling the gap by providing screening services for gig workers like lawnmowers, babysitters, and house cleaners. They made a powerful app, designed with security from the start, which utilizes a dead-simple user interface. Their data is sourced from industry leaders (like government agencies) and verification is as simple as two-taps.

πŸ‘‡ The Drop Down

  • Site:
  • Founded: 2019
  • Stage: Bootstrapped
  • Tech trend: Gig Economy + Safety
  • Traction: Went through Desai University of Michigan's startup accelerator, launched MVP on August 17th, iOS/Android app beta underway
  • Team - A diverse group of University of Michigan MBAs and JDs
    Adam Smiddy - Founder & CEO
    Michael Skowronski - Founder & CTO
    Toni Suh - Founder & COO
    Malcolm Childs - Founder & CPO

πŸ” Why we like it

  1. 🀯There is definitely a need + no good solution at the moment
    People are already using workarounds to verify how they trust the people they are doing business with. All methods are free, but none are completely reliable: They cross-check references, manually contact mutual friends, search Google, and use other "back alley" channels to verify baby sitters. With all this effort, users are practically asking for a central solution. That's why YourCheck is honing in on making a simple and secure app that anyone can use.
  2. πŸ“ˆ Gig Economy is on the Rise! (Market is Growing)
    The Gig market growth 15% in the past decade - wow. When we think of Gig economy, we think of Airbnbs, Ubers, and Etsys. However, non-startup-related Gig economy workers also exist! In fact, there are also millions of jobs that are unaccounted for like unofficial babysitters, local handymen, gardeners, etc. YourCheck is a tool that can be utilized for the latter, less established, gig economy jobs.
  3. 🎳 Strong Team out of Michigan
    If anyone was the team to tackle this problem, it's this team. The YourCheck team is a group of MBAs, JDs and engineers out of Michigan who has experienced dealing with the problem they are solving, know the legal technicalities that are required in the background checking business, and have the technical know-how to make a solution for their customers.

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