TickPick

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Location: New York, NY
Founded: 2011
Industry: Technology

TickPick

Brett Goldberg and Chris O’Brien
Co-CEOs

A NEW WAY TO BID

TickPick’s goal is to revolutionize the way people buy, sell and bid on tickets for theater, concert and sporting events. To help buyers sort through what may be thousands of ticket listings, the site provides a “score report” for each listing. The report assigns tickets a grade from A+ to F based on price and seat quality, helping users find the best deals more quickly. TickPick also offers a two-sided bid-ask platform that allows buyers to place bids on event tickets. Unlike on sites such as eBay or Craigslist, bids are then relayed to all the various sellers offering tickets for that event, who can compete to meet a bid.

Quick Tip: “[A great leader is] one who can listen first, let others make important decisions, and knows that when decisions are difficult to make, it has to be him making the final decision.”

Over the last several years, TickPick has gained new users through a variety of digital channels. TickPick’s blog, for example, serves as a content marketing engine where the company provides advice on finding good deals. Like many fast-growing companies, TickPick has struggled with hiring. One way the company addresses this challenge is by staying lean, which creates opportunities for upward mobility among the existing staff. As a player in the fast-moving technology space, TickPick can’t always plan far ahead, so co-CEOs Brett Goldberg and Chris O’Brien create goals that stretch no further than 12 months.