Sam is a Marketing Analyst at SeatGeek. His main focus is finding and testing new ways to grow the site. After graduating Duke University with a degree in Biology, Sam headed straight to SeatGeek as an intern. After several months of lurking, he somehow managed to convince SeatGeek to bring him on fulltime. Raised outside of Philadelphia, Sam tries his hardest (usually unsuccessfully) to bite his tongue when discussing sports with New Yorkers and spends at least half of his time vigorously defending Philadelphia and its sports teams' honor.
Favorite beer: Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale (the hoppier the better)
Guilty pleasures: Romantic comedies, Ke$ha
Dislikes: The Giants, Roy Williams, That air horn sound found on every mixtape ever
Gavin is the voice of Customer Service at SeatGeek. He's a freelance artist, specializing in 3D Modeling and Animation. A passionate geek in the realm of comic books and film. Internet talk show radio host for This Show is Awesome! An actor living in the moment and ultimately just trying to leave his mark on the metropolis that is New York.
Favorite artist: The Black Keys, Jay-Z, Nirvana
Favorite quote: "Every person who is really an artist desires to create inside of himself another, deeper, more interesting life than the one that actually surrounds him."
Before being hired as SeatGeek's full-time blog editor, Angela was working out of her Queens apartment as one of SeatGeek's freelance blog writers. Before that, she was employed as an ad trafficker (don't worry, nobody knows what that is) for various tech startups in NYC. She's currently figuring out how to reconcile her copious amounts of in-office beef jerky consumption with her nightly workout routine.
Likes: Whiskey, live music, spinning, liverwurst
Dislikes: Sour cream, moths, Mumford & Sons
Chad does Marketing at SeatGeek with a focus on search. Chad is a Georgetown University graduate with a degree in Finance and International Business. Before joining SeatGeek, Chad worked in Product Management at Vistaprint where he launched DIY tools to help local "Mom and Pop" businesses get found in Google.
Favorite artist: 2Pac
Favorite sports team: The Fab Five
Favorite craft beer in a can: BREW FREE! OR DIE IPA
Ben is the Director of Customer Acquisition at SeatGeek. Prior to joining the team, Ben was a business intelligence analyst for Buddy Media, which was acquired by salesforce.com. He also worked at Yelp and Clover. Data & efficiency are two of his favorite things. He is embarrassed by his proficiency in Microsoft Excel, and doesn't like to talk about it.
Some favorite artists: Andrew Bird, The Avett Brothers, David Byrne, Radiohead, Menomena, Big Boi, Clipse
Favorite sports teams: Vanderbilt Commodores, North Carolina Tar Heels, U.S.A. Basketball
Favorite board game: Pandemic
Best TV show of all time: The Wire
Adam is the VP of Engineering at SeatGeek. He is passionate about medium-sized data sets, scalable architectures, and his personal motto is "Build the simplest thing that could possibly work." Prior to joining the company in 2010, he spent 2 years at Microsoft scaling web services to support hundreds of millions of users on MSN.com. Adam's non software interests include economics, jazz, statistics, fantasy football, and politics.
Favorite Sports Teams: Jets, Mets, Stanford Football
Favorite Pizza: John's of Bleeker Street
Philip Cristiano is a Web Engineer at SeatGeek. Before joining the team he worked at AWeber staring at graphs and moving servers in order to confuse other developers. Now he spends his time working on the SeatGeek API and brewing beer.
Favorite Beer Style: Anything sour
Favorite Gin: Hendrick's
Favorite Artist: Joanna Newsom
Russ is a co-founder of SeatGeek and manages business development and customer acquisition. He has founded two and sold two previous startups with Jack. Russ is a Dartmouth College graduate and worked at Monitor Consulting Group prior to SeatGeek. A New Jersey native, Russ has a special place in his heart for the MTV's Jersey shore. Always a trailblazer discovering new startups, Russ recently joined this thing called twitter and would welcome human contact @Russpd.
Favorite beer: Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout
Adam Davidson is SeatGeek's Director of Brand Partnerships. He's responsible for initiating new relationships with brands and agencies and using SeatGeek to help drive them traffic and awareness. Adam graduated from Lehigh University with a concentration in Journalism and Communications and has been in the interactive ad space ever since. He grew up in North Caldwell, New Jersey (around the corner from 'The Sopranos' house) and currently lives in Manhattan.
Favorite teams: Yankees, Jets, Knicks, Michigan Wolverines
Favorite DJs: Kaskade, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii
Jose is an engineer from Pace University whose primary concern is bringing down the site constantly in order to keep the other engineers employed. He's a frequent contributor to the CakePHP Framework, and spends most of his time writing open source code on Github under the s/n josegonzalez. You can likely find him making snarky remarks on CakePHP's IRC channel or writing manic tweets as @savant.
Most ridiculous purchase: Unicorn Tattoo. They are apparently permanent.
Biggest Regret: Unicorn Tattoo. They are apparently permanent.
Mike is an engineer at SeatGeek. Before SeatGeek he created a group email service called Fiesta and worked at 10gen on MongoDB. When he's not behind a screen you can probably find him playing soccer or trying to work his way through an endlessly growing reading list.
Favorite team: The New York Giants
Will is the Director of Communications at SeatGeek. His primary job is to use SeatGeek's rich ticketing data in order to spread the word about SeatGeek and the tremendous value it provides to fans who want to see their favorite teams and artists live. Will graduated from Duke University with degrees in History and Political Science and worked at the Boston Consulting Group before joining SeatGeek. A native of Houston, Will thinks that cowboy boots are by far the most practical footwear ever invented and roots heavily--but usually in vain--for the Texans, Astros and Rockets.
Favorite Beer: (512) Pecan Porter
Favorite Artists: Wilco, The Black Keys, Wes Montgomery
Matt is an iOS engineer at SeatGeek. After many years of web engineering and online community building, Matt jumped into the iPhone and iPad world for a change of scene. Previously he worked at Serato, shepherding their websites and online DJ community. Originally from New Zealand, his home base is now whichever international city has the best weather.
Favorite cities: New York, Tokyo, Bangkok, London, and everywhere between
Favourite drink: Happy hour gin and tonics
Jack is a co-founder of SeatGeek. He was inspired to get into ticketing because of an apparent dearth of market data and usable interfaces, thus he spends a lot of time hacking in STATA and nudging pixels in Firebug. In his spare time he takes care of SeatGeek’s finances, fundraising, and other such trivialities. Jack studied math and econ at Dartmouth College and worked at Bain & Company.
Favorite team: Everything from Cleveland
Least favorite athlete: Lebron James
Ben is the Director of Digital Ad Sales at SeatGeek. When he's not working with clients and creating innovative solutions to showcase brands on SeatGeek, Ben can be found at Citi Field (insert sympathy here), on the slopes, golf course or playing music. Ben graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Economics. Before joining the team, Ben helped start an adventure travel company called Urban Escapes which was acquired by LivingSocial to scale curated adventure trips to large cities across the country.
Favorite Sports Teams: Knicks, Jets, Mets, Wisconsin Badgers
Favorite Condiment: Sriracha
Zack Kitzmiller is a Web Engineer at SeatGeek. Before joining SeatGeek he was an engineer at Forrst and spent his time wrangling PHP, MySQL, and Redis. He's contributed to several open source projects and led a PHP user group in his hometown of Rockford, IL. When he's not making the internet, he's often found drinking beers at a local microbrewery or collecting watches.
Favorite Holiday: St. Patrick's Day
Favorite Message Queue: This again?
Vera is SeatGeek’s Office Manager. She takes care of all administrative tasks so that the rest of the crew can focus on making SeatGeek the best ticket search engine on the web. When she is not tracking expenses or thinking up of new uses for her label maker, she can be found ordering food for SeatGeek’s fully stocked kitchen, which clearly makes her one of the most powerful people in the office.
Vera graduated from Temple University with a B.A in Risk Management and Legal Studies. Prior to joining SeatGeek, she worked for Marsh and McLennan where she brokered commercial insurance accounts for corporate clients.
Favorite thing: pastrami sandwiches
Least favorite thing: writing about herself in third person
Kevin is a Product Manager at SeatGeek. A graduate of UC Berkeley, his interests include playing tennis, mastering the vuvuzela, and antagonizing the Chinese government.
Favorite quote: “As long as I can get angry then I play well. If I play well I can beat everybody. I am happy because I am getting angry.” – Ilie Nastase
Favorite artist: Ai Weiwei
Favorite athlete: Roger Federer
Steve Ritter is in charge of the burgeoning R&D Department at SeatGeek. Steve attends over 100 events per year in New York and around the globe, spending the rest of his days using SeatGeek's data to make the live entertainment experience as painless as possible. Previously he used his B.S. from Stanford in the finance industry, where he used data to make rho risk management as painless as possible. The principles are the same.
Favorite venue: Brooklyn Bowl
Favorite live acts: Phish, Lady Gaga, Explosions in the Sky
Favorite R package: reshape
Nihar is the VP of Business Development at SeatGeek. His primary function is giving ping pong lessons and when time permits he focuses on growing traffic and revenues through partnerships with leading media and publishing companies. Nihar received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and a Masters from NYU. Prior to SeatGeek, Nihar spent time in finance and consulting focused in the sports, media and entertainment industries.
Favorite Sports Team: Wolverines and all Detroit Sports
Favorite Artist: Radiohead
Chris is the resident wunderkind at SeatGeek, first joining our dev team when he was only 16. He is now also an undergrad at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. When not fixing others' CSS and HTML mishaps or obsessing over infinitesimal details in photoshop, he can be found behind a camera or sipping Starbucks over mountains of schoolwork.
Favorite sports team: Syracuse Orange
Least favorite team: Georgetown Hoyas (sorry, Chad)
Favorite craft beer in a can: 21 Amendment Brew Free or Die
Favorite buzz word: Brandcuffs