Julia and Kevin Hartz are married now, but they weren’t when they paired up with Renaud Visage to start the incredibly popular self-service ticketing company that lets users create, promote and find events.
Since it was founded in 2006, the company has arranged over 200 million tickets for a total of around $3 billion in gross ticket sales, including around $1 billion in sales in the last year alone. Eventbrite raised a $60 million round of funding on a more than $1 billion valuation back in March of this year, bringing its total funds raised to $190 million.
The company was reportedly eyeing going public sometime in 2014, but the IPO will likely be pushed back to 2015 due to its recent funding round.
In March, Eventbrite made steps to break out beyond just general admission events, and rolled out a service that accommodates reserved seating. If Eventbrite wants to continue leading the pack, it will likely have to compete with Facebook and other competitors when it comes to helping people find local events. At Disrupt, we’ll be sure to ask them about their future plans.
Before Eventbrite, Julia Hartz worked in television as a manager of current series at FX Networks and the coordinator of series development for MTV. In 2013, she was a finalist for TechCrunch’s “Founder of the Year” award, and was listed in Fortune’s list of Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. Julia currently serves as the president of Eventbrite, and handles in-house strategy and growth, as well as building and evolving Eventbrite’s 300 “Britelings.”
Kevin Hartz is Eventbrite’s CEO, leading the company’s day-to-day operations. Before founding Eventbrite, Kevin was the co-founder and CEO of Xoom Corporation, an international money transfer company that operates in over 30 countries worldwide. He also served as an early-stage investor and adviser to successful startups PayPal, Pinterest, Lookout, Flixster, Airbnb, Trulia and Yammer.
Come watch Julia and Kevin talk at Disrupt SF 2014 about the future of events and what Eventbrite’s plans are for 2015 and beyond. Tickets are now on sale, and early bird pricing is on now through September 1. If you’d like to sponsor Disrupt, sponsorship packages are still available as well. Reach out to our sponsorship team for more info.
Anthony Domanico contributed to this article.