Eventbrite

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Eventbrite, Inc.
Eventbrite logo 2018.png
Type of businessPublic
Type of site
Event organization, ticketing
Traded asNYSEEB
FoundedSan Francisco, California
Headquarters,
Area servedWorldwide
Created byKevin Hartz, Julia Hartz, Renaud Visage
Key peopleJulia Hartz (Co-Founder & CEO), Kevin Hartz (Chairman), Renaud Visage (CTO)
Employees500[citation needed]
Websiteeventbrite.com
Launched2006; 12 years ago (2006)
Current statusActive

Eventbrite is a U.S.-based event management and ticketing website. The service allows users to browse, create, and promote local events. The service charges a fee to event organizers in exchange for online ticketing services, unless the event is free.[1]

Headquartered in San Francisco, Eventbrite opened their first international office in the United Kingdom in 2012. The company now has local offices in Nashville, London, Cork, Amsterdam, Dublin, Berlin, Melbourne, Mendoza, and São Paulo.[1]

The company went public on the New York Stock Exchange on September 20, 2018 under the ticker symbol EB.[2]

History[edit]

Eventbrite was founded in 2006 by Kevin Hartz (Co-Founder and Executive Chairman) and Julia Hartz (Co-Founder and CEO) and Renaud Visage (Co-Founder and CTO). The company was the first major player in this market in the US.[3]

Prior to his position at the company, Kevin Hartz was involved with PayPal and was the Co-Founder and CEO of Xoom Corporation, an international money transfer company. Julia Hartz, wife of Kevin, was raised in Santa Cruz, CA. After studying broadcasting at Pepperdine University, she became a creative executive at FX Network in Los Angeles. Soon after the two became engaged, she moved to the Bay Area and helped co-found Eventbrite.[citation needed]

On March 18, 2011 Eventbrite raised $50 million in Series E Financing led by Tiger Global.[4] On April 22, 2013, Eventbrite raised another $60 million in growth capital financing led by Tiger Global, and including T. Rowe Price.[5] On March 13, 2014, Eventbrite raised a private equity round of $60 million,[6] and on September 1, 2017, the company raised $134 million in a Series G funding round. This brought their total funding to $334 million. Previous funding involved firms including Sequoia Capital, DAG Ventures and Tenaya Capital.[7][8]

In 2016, Julia became the CEO of Eventbrite, while Kevin took the role of executive chairman.[9] Renaud Visage built the Eventbrite site platform. Visage started his career as a consultant with Geomatrix Consultants. He later became the Director of Engineering with Zing Networks. He has a Master of Engineering from Cornell University and from École centrale de Lyon in France.

In March 2017, Eventbrite purchased D.C.-based event tech startup nvite for an undisclosed sum.[10] On June 9, 2017 Eventbrite purchased Ticketfly from Pandora for $200 million.[11]

In April 2018, Eventbrite acquired the Spanish ticketing service Ticketea, citing its events discovery platform and "robust ecosystem of third-party integrations" as being advantageous.[12] Later that month, Eventbrite was subjected to criticism over an update to its merchants' agreement, which specified that the service had the right to attend and record footage of any aspect of an event for any purpose, and that event organizers were "responsible for obtaining, at your own cost, all third party permissions, clearances, and licenses necessary to secure Eventbrite the permissions and rights [to do so]." Following public backlash, Eventbrite chose to remove the passage entirely. The company stated that it wanted the option to "work with individual organizers to secure video and photos at their events for marketing and promotional purposes", but admitted that the clauses were too broadly-worded.[13]

In August 2018, Picatic, a Vancouver-based ticketing and event registration platform, was acquired by Eventbrite[14][15].

Funding[edit]

On March 18, 2011 Eventbrite raised $50 million in Series E Financing led by Tiger Global.[4] On April 22, 2013, Eventbrite raised another $60 million in growth capital financing led by Tiger Global, and including T. Rowe Price.[16] This brought their total funding to $140 million. Previous funding involved firms including Sequoia Capital, DAG Ventures and Tenaya Capital.[7]

On August 23, 2018, the company filed for a $200 million IPO.[2] The company's biggest shareholder is Tiger Global Management with Sequoia Capital and the Hartzs also owning significant shares.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nine Startup-Scaling Secrets from Eventbrite". Xconomy.
  2. ^ a b Wells, Sarah (August 23, 2018). "Eventbrite files for $200 million IPO". TechCrunch. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Event ticketing companies Amiando and Eventbrite get European backing".
  4. ^ a b "Even with New 50 Million Funding, Eventbrite is not Taking Aim at Ticketmaster". Fast Company.
  5. ^ Ha, Anthony, "Eventbrite Raises $60M Round Led By Tiger Global Management", TechCrunch Online, April 22, 2013.
  6. ^ Blattberg, Eric, "Eventbrite raises $60M at $1B valuation (confirmed)", VentureBeat Online, March 13, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Crunchbase Profile: Eventbrite". Crunchbase.
  8. ^ Geron, Tomio (May 2, 2011). "Names You Need to Know:Eventbrite". Forbes Online. Retrieved 2014-09-21.
  9. ^ Lev-Ram, Michal, "Exclusive: Eventbrite has a New CEO, and You’ll Never Guess Who it Is", Fortune Online, April 21, 2016.
  10. ^ "Eventbrite Acquires D.C.-based Nvite". DC Inno. Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  11. ^ "Eventbrite Acquires Ticketfly from Pandora for $200 Million". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  12. ^ "Eventbrite acquires Spanish ticketing platform Ticketea". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  13. ^ "Backlash prompts Eventbrite to drop demand to crash events, record them". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  14. ^ "Our Next Chapter - Picatic Event Planning Blog". Picatic Event Planning Blog. 2018-08-08. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  15. ^ News, EIN (2018-08-08). "Eventbrite Acquires Picatic". EIN News. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  16. ^ Carmichael, Terra (22 April 2013). "Eventbrite Announces $60 Million in Growth Capital Financing". Eventbrite press release / The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2013-05-02.
  17. ^ Novet, Jordan (August 23, 2018). "Ticketing site Eventbrite files to raise up to $200 million in IPO". CNBC. Retrieved 24 August 2018.