The gig economy is booming, and it doesn’t seem to be letting up any time soon. This model of work lets people have flexible schedules and work as much or as little as they please. Some common gig economy jobs include driving for Uber, delivering food for DoorDash, or creating graphic design projects on Upwork. Now, entrepreneur Ryan Vet wants to use this market to transform the healthcare staffing industry.
Vet’s new startup is called Boon, a platform that connects licensed healthcare professionals to temporary work opportunities. The professionals are matched to facilities based on factors like technology utilization and experience, ensuring that they’re the best match for practices. It’s a win-win situation since it gives fair pay and flexibility to healthcare professionals and reduces overhead for the entire healthcare system. “Imagine Uber meets eHarmony meets healthcare staffing,” Ryan implied.
Healthcare is one of the largest spaces in the United States, and will always be in demand. Health spending in the United States is the highest in the world, totaling $3.3 trillion in 2016. That makes new ideas and innovation in the industry noteworthy.
Ryan Vet is the perfect person to bring out this innovation since he’s been working as an entrepreneur his whole life. When he was 14, he created a multinational marketing firm that specialized in non-profits. He’s launched many other projects, like a room condition reporting company for colleges and a craft beverage company in Elon, NC. Vet is used to changing the landscape and taking risks.
Healthcare is one of his passions as he’s been surrounded by it all his life. His mother is a nurse, and his wife a dentist. Vet spent time as an executive in the medical and dental space. He took such an interest in dentistry that he started a podcast called The Dental Experience Podcast, which talked about the best experiences patients had.
Ryan Vet is currently getting Boon off the ground by raising startup capital through personal investments, a fundraise on Wefunder, angel investors and other various forms of investment. The healthcare industry could change dramatically once the business starts its operations.