Live experiences help people cross today’s digital divide and focus on what connects us - the here, the now, this once-in-a-lifetime event that’s bringing us together. To fulfill Gametime’s mission to unite the world through shared experiences, we make it easy for people to discover and access more live experiences. Offering more than 10k listings for sports, concerts, and theater events across the US and Canada, Gametime is the best way to find the best seats, at the best price.
How It All Began
Brad Griffith - CEO:
"It all started in October of 2012 at the Brickhouse. My brother and I knew about the expiring asset properties of tickets - prices follow an inverse exponential decay function and get really cheap right before start time. We had just bought tickets on a mobile app about 10 mins before first pitch and had to find a printer fast. After a brief negotiation, the Brickhouse’s owner led me down to the basement, logged into his desktop computer, I logged onto my account and hit print - accidentally printing them in color. About 20 minutes later, we got inside - missing the first inning and Tony Bennett singing the national anthem. (add a few bucks offered to use the printer)
It hit me ... at the same time we struggled to get into the game, people in SF could quickly summon assets like black cars and hotel rooms via their phones. The experiences built for these assets were elegant and much different from what was happening on the web. New tech like background geolocation and card-on-file made consumption much easier on mobile. But where was the ultimate tool for access? (ding, cha-ching, wow moment)
Soon after the game, we started conceptualizing a fast, elegant access experience. I started building Gametime for iOS two months later. We launched for the SF Giants in the App Store in early May of 2013, then began actively recruiting customers in June. As measured by user response, Gametime hit product-market fit in August. In October we joined forces with some amazing investors for the next phase - optimizing a post product-market fit experience and creating an economic engine that’s ready for growth. 3 years later we're close to 100 employees and consider ourselves "One-Team-One-Dream" problem solvers."
Culture and Approach
One of the core tenets of Gametime is speed combined with top user experience - You can see it in our app. We curate thousands of events down to a list of 50 so each fan sees only what matters most to them. Two-tap checkout allows users to complete a purchase in 30 seconds (even using your fingerprint to checkout!). While we enable our fans to move fast, we do the same for our builders. We write and ship code quickly and frequently, as speed helps us learn what works best in this marketplace, creating a workplace that supports the development, enthusiasm, and engagement of the best team in the industry.
Next Steps for Gametime
With notable external recognition and awards in 2017, we continue to focus on team happiness and creating an industry leading user experience. We achieved an astounding 34,000% growth over the past 4 years and have been named the:
“The Fastest Growing Consumer Company in the USA” - Inc Magazine, top 5000 (2017)
“Fastest Growing Ticket Company Ever” - Business Insider (2017)
“Best Event App” - 2017 Appy Award
“Best in Mobile Fan Experience” - Sports Business Journal (2017)
"Best User Experience - Mobile Sites & Apps" The Webby Awards (2018)... beating out Waze, UBER, Stash, and JetBlue.
We have a huge opportunity to connect people and communities, and we hope to see Gametime evolve from an exceptional product to a game-changing platform for discovery and access to real-world experiences.
Get out, get in, get Gametime.