Startup Maniac

How to Get the Startup Internship of Your Dreams: SeatGeek Edition

Betabeat eats interns who breathe marketing for breakfast

Felix Delgado really wants to be an intern at SeatGeek, and why not? The General Assembly graduate is crushing it, having recently signed a big partnership with Yahoo Sports and outpacing their older, better funded rivals.

Assuming that it would be a crowded field, Mr. Delgado crafted a custom ticket stub. The front is a custom message to the founders with a QR code linking back to a FAQ page on Mr. Delgado’s website, wherein he asks (and answers!) questions about why he is perfect for the position at SeatGeek. The back is his resume.

“Over achiever of the year,” tweeted out SeatGeek’s Ben Kessler. Read More

Up and Comers

SeatGeek Partners With Yahoo, Eclipses Better Funded Competition

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According to the most recent report from Comscore, ticketing is now the most popular category of website in the United States, ahead of fashion, toys and consumer goods. And New York is home to one of the fastest growing ticket sites, SeatGeek, which this week announced a major partnership with Yahoo Sports.

Yahoo is the second largest internet destination, ranking only behind Google in terms of traffic to its network of sites. So how did a small, two year old start-up score prime position on one of the web’s biggest networks in the web’s largest and fastest growing market? Read More

Coworking

SeatGeek Needs More Chairs – Headed for New Office

ben kessler

Hats off to the first company to come out of General Assembly, SeatGeek, which helps users get the best deals on tickets being sold on the secondary markets.

They were part of the inaugural group of start-ups housed at the tech space cum web university in the Flatiron. Now they are moving to down to 11th an University to make room for six summer interns and a gaggle of new employees.

The company recently added Guy Oseary and Ashton Kutcher as investors, bringing some court side celebrity to the $2 million they had already raised from folks like Founders Collective and NYC Seed.

“We’ve currently got 60,000 events at any given time,” says SeatGeek’s Ben Kessler. “We just hired another full time developer and we felt like we’re reaching a size where it was important to get our own space to further establish SeatGeek’s company culture.”  Read More

Accelerators

DreamIt Ventures Incubator Starts Monday; Demo Day in August

mark wachen

Philadelphia-based DreamIt Ventures, the second established accelerator to open a New York branch, is gearing up to open its doors on Monday. The first hurdle–getting enough quality applications–proved to be no trouble, as managing director Mark Wachen and team had more than 500 applications to sort through in order to pick 15 companies. That’s an acceptance rate of three percent–higher than Y Combinator and the 1.7 percent accepted for TechStarsNY, but still extremely selective. Read More

Cloud Down

Amazon Web Services and the Lean Startup Ecosystem

All Is Not Well In This Cloud

One of the most interesting developments in the tech industry since the dot com days has been the emergence of cloud infrastructure like Amazon web services.

With AWS, young companies are able to scale faster and cheaper. One of the reasons the seed stage ecosystem is so flooded with cash right now is because a small investment is enough to build a viable app and test the market for consumer traction.

So it’s been a trip watching Twitter today as AWS experiences its worst outage on the East Coast in recent memory. It’s not just the little guys. Established companies like Foursquare, Aviary and Thrillist have all been affected. Read More