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The Future of Work - Hyr is Creating AirBnB for Shift Workers

Hyr is Changing How Hourly Shift Workers, Access and Benefit from the Gig Economy. Podcast with Hyr CMO, Erika Mozes

Erika Mozes, Co-Founder and CMO, Hyr, TotalPicture interviewErika Mozes

One new job is added every 2.5 seconds to the hospitality industry. (Source: Brandon Gaille)

Referencing an article posted on Erika Mozes' LinkedIn profile, "Hyr was created to solve one big question - how can hourly shift work be improved in today's 1099 economy?  Just as Airbnb unlocked the unrealized asset of one's home, and Uber did the same for one's vehicle, Hyr will unlock the asset of one's time."

Welcome to our continuing series of The Future of Work from HR Tech World in San Francisco. I'm your host Peter Clayton.

One of the start-ups that presented during the pre-conference workshops at HRTech World is Hyr. And that's Hyr.work.

Jonathan Kestenbaum, the managing director of Talent Tech Labs in New York, introduced the Co-founder and CEO Josh Karam, and co-founder and CMO of Hyr, Erika Mozes who joins me today for this Innovation Channel podcast on TotalPicture.

What most impressed me about Hyr - their solution targets a very underserved yet hugely important segment of the workforce, namely hourly shift workers in the hospitality industry. (Soon to expand into retail and other industries).


Erika thank you for speaking with me today. First tell us about your background?

Alright, let's dive into Hyr. Tell us about the company.

I'm a huge fan of AirBnB and it seems that Hyr incorporates a number of features that make AirBnB successful. Is that accurate?

Since many of these positions don't require a formal education, degrees, or certification, how do you verify the talent is who they say they are and has the experience they claim?

Okay let look at Hyr from an employer's perspective. Walk us through that process.

One thing you are quick to point out - Hyr is not a temp agency.

My daughter Emily will be a college senior this year, and has worked as a bartender and restaurant manager for a couple of years. So I have a pretty good understanding of the pain-points the restaurant industry deals with on a daily basis, which often times means being short staffed, so Hyr is definitely targeting one of the biggest problems.

How did you and Josh end up in NYC?

What markets or geographies do you currently serve?

One of the things that impressed me about Josh's presentation in San Francisco was you focus on employment law - tell us about the legal hurdles you've overcome to launch Hyr?

Another aspect of Hyr that I'm sure your workers appreciate is fast payment once they've worked a shift. Tell us about this.

You're the CMO so how are you marketing Hyr?

Do you have any case studies you can share with us?

How about from shift workers?

I think we all appreciate how transformative AirBnB, Uber, and Lyft have been. Do you think Hyr has this potential?

Of course, no matter how cool something like Hyr is, it requires a large number of businesses and talent to participate before it can be successful. So What's the tipping-point for Hyr? What are your growth projections for the next 12 to 18 months?

Are you hiring?

What didn't I ask you that you wish I had?

Peter Clayton

About Peter Clayton

Peter Clayton, Producer/Host, is an award-winning producer/director of radio, television, documentary, video, interactive and Web-based media who has created breakthrough media for a wide array of Fortune 100 clients.


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