Oklahoma City's WeGoLook is an innovative business success storyPublished: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 1:00 pm By: Scott Meacham Source: The Oklahoman
It's exciting when a young Oklahoma company signs up Fortune 500 companies as customers — Hyundai Motor Co., Ritchie Bros., the world's largest industrial auctioneer, eBay Motors and JPMorgan Chase.
It's even more exciting when that young Oklahoma company is at the leading edge of a monumental shift in the way the world works. That's the story of WeGoLook, a company that started in 2009 and in June hired its 100th employee.
WeGoLook is a sharing economy platform that dispatches thousands of “lookers” to physically go to a particular location to inspect a used car that's for sale, a homeowner's insurance claim, a building that's up for purchase, or a giant piece of road-leveling equipment, just to name a few. Lookers — there are more than 26,000 of them now — earn an average of $25 to $40 per job, with some reaching $200 or more per look.
“As the sharing economy business model trends upward, we are light years ahead,” said co-founder Robin Smith. “We are on a new frontier. WeGoLook is able to add any kind of workforce or skill set into our community. We are adding licensed drone operators. We have bilingual lookers. If one of our clients needs someone who speaks Mandarin to do a task or capture data, we have a person we can send on demand.”
Enterprise companies are utilizing on-demand workers to augment and supplement their own labor force. While WeGoLook's first customers were folks who wanted to verify that the items that they were buying on eBay or Craigslist were as advertised, the company has evolved into a mobile technology business and moved solidly into the enterprise space, with the well-earned attention of Inc., Forbes, and others.
Companies use WeGoLook's technology to create customized requests for information and then engage WeGoLook's vetted and expert lookers to go out and capture the data.