The founder of whurk Rob Dumas said recently that the Bend-based startup has been moving at “startup pace” since we last spoke with him. And Dumas (previously w/ Internmatch, Dice and Monster) is not joking. The company’s platform, which connects brands to an ever-ready college “whurkforce,” introduced the first version of its mobile app this week.

The mobile app is ready for beta testing by college kids looking to earn some quick cash — or gift cards and other swag — by completing jobs for companies wanting to market on college campuses. For example, Silipint used whurk last fall to hire students to distribute their sili shot glasses to the social chairs of sororities and fraternities at several colleges.

Colin Morrison, the company’s vice president of product development, says that most of the mobile app’s bugs have been worked out, and they’re now primarily seeking feedback on the app’s usability. Beta testers simply need to complete a few whurkorders, get paid and then give their two cents on how the app worked.

whurk launched last November and was piloting the program with some local Bend brands. Now the company has “whurkers” on more than 200 campuses. The startup is also moving into office space in the Old Mill soon.

whurk founder Rob Dumas and VP of Product Development, Colin Morrison at the Blitz to the Barrel in Bend last summer.
whurk founder Rob Dumas and VP of Product Development, Colin Morrison.


Kelly Kearsley

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