By Griffin Moores
Laborjack was founded by CSU College of Business students during a weekend entrepreneurial event.
On a warm August morning, four Colorado State University students shuffled beside a large home in Fort Collins, and – with a little maneuvering – they carefully hoisted a 100-plus-pound playhouse over their heads to clear a fence.
The group was making its way to a Penske truck, spending the day helping a family clear their 2,800 square foot home and multi-car garage of heavy furniture, bikes, exercise equipment, a freezer, and even a large glass tabletop.
"We can move houses," shouted one of the student movers with a laugh after loading up the playhouse.
The undergrads were brought together by Laborjack, a company created by CSU students during an intensive weekend entrepreneurial program in the College of Business.
Beyond helping locals move, the students ultimately plan to develop an app for their venture that can connect willing workers across the country with people looking for affordable labor.
In its first six months the company raised over $10,000 with various team members helping provide labor, manage advertising and social media efforts, and coordinate the moves.
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“It’s been a very collaborative team effort so far,” said Josh Moser, a junior business student and co-founder of the company.
For Josh, the experience of launching a company from scratch has been a strong supplement to coursework in the College of Business, as has time spent learning more about entrepreneurship through the Venture Accelerator program.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to be part of a startup,” said Josh. “Without getting out there and doing it yourself you’ll never have the full understanding of how businesses work.”
Josh Moser, center, helps his team members break down an old shelving unit during one of the company's moves.
Blake Craig, another founding member and graduate of the College of Business, brought the original concept to the startup weekend program hoping to connect with people who had similar business passions.
“It was kind of an idea I had a while back,” said Blake. “It’s actually what I did in college to pay the bills, odd job labor.”
Providing a platform for people in similar situations to better access the market has the opportunity to radically shift the way consumers hire labor, and the group is hoping to capitalize on the rapidly growing gig economy.
“We’re starting to see everything ramp up from the initial groundwork and legwork that was put in at the beginning,” said Blake, happy that the startup event helped launch Laborjack.
“It was a very unique opportunity, and the results for our group and other teams have been superb.”
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