What do you do around here?
I’m a Software Engineer on the Registration & Ticketing team.

We brought you on before you even graduated from Brown, how did you swing that?
I met Pat (VP of Engineering) at the Sequoia Start @ a Startup event in October and interviewed with him and the team. I decided to join Eventbrite full-time when I graduated, but also asked to be a “wintern” over Winter Break. I loved it so much that I continued work part-time while finishing up school. 

Why did you decide to join the team?
After co-founding a startup, I wanted to learn from a company small enough to provide opportunities for technical leadership but large enough to learn how big engineering teams work. A strong culture of mentorship and accessibility was also important, so I could learn to mentor others. Once my manager spent a late night teaching me tricks to debug Async Javascript. Kevin, our CEO, also frequently eats lunch with younger Britelings in addition to impromptu coffee chats. 

What are you working on right now? What projects are you going to be jumping into when you’re here full time?
I’m writing a specialized Publish/Subscribe server in Golang. Although Eventbrite has never used Go, everyone is very open to new technologies. I’m working with Operations on a deployment plan which has been a great learning experience. It’s hard to say what I’ll be doing full-time since our team is growing very fast. I’ve already worked on our JavaScript Seat Designer and Python Ticket Allocation service, and look forward to becoming a stronger generalist. 

You won the CEO award at the last hackathon, what was the project you built?
With the release of Reserved Seating, Eventbrite now has seating information. Three of us built an application that allows Attendees to order from concession stands. Their location will pop up on an iPad, and food/drinks can be delivered directly to their seats. Payment is also handled through Eventbrite. 

What advice do you have for a recent grad or someone looking for internships?

For Interns:
Look for an opportunity that allows you to both take leadership on your own project and work with a larger team. Building your own project and solving JIRA tickets are equally important, but many internships stress one or the other. 

For New Grads:
When choosing a company, think first about the culture of the founders. What are their personal values? Culture is born with the founders, and can’t be ‘engineered’ later on. 

Most memorable moment in the Briteland?
My classmate Kurt’s first day at Eventbrite. Before Kurt, I was the first new grad from my school. It’s exciting to introduce classmates to Eventbrite - everyone here can play a role in building the team. I also lost a pull up contest to an unnamed and significantly older man… I’ve been working out since then in anticipation of a rematch. 

 Speed Round!

Favorite Barkling?

Favorite hot sauce on the wall? 

What was the last event you attended? 
Brown’s Spring Weekend

Three words that describe Eventbrite? 
Collaborative, Transparent, Energetic

Who in the office would you challenge to a ping-pong battle? 
Miles, our Director of Recruiting and Top Athlete

Meanwhile in Boston.. 

We’re taking over 73 Berkeley Street and turning into a multipurpose pop up event space we’re calling #BriteSpaceBoston. The fun begins on May 13th, so mark your calendars and follow @BriteBoston for the latest.

Britelings in the field over the weekend

Steven and Sarah getting extra muddy at Tough Mudder in Florida, Drew and Michael catching some films at #tribkln in Brooklyn and Steven, Brett and Biasha enjoying some country on the beach at at Tortuga Music Festival in Florida. 

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A group of MIT Sloan students visited the Briteland, professor Bill Aulet wrote about the visit.

Need to get between offices quickly? Benito has you covered. 

Need to get between offices quickly? Benito has you covered. 

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Rob has taken the lead in the heated Ms. Pac-Man tournament. 

Rob has taken the lead in the heated Ms. Pac-Man tournament. 

Mashable spoke with our Principal Product Security Engineer, Paul Pieralde (aka Firewall Paul) about why he chose to come over to the Briteside. 


A risk worth taking… My reservations on joining Eventbrite were mostly related to job stability. Whenever you are changing jobs, there is a fear of the unknown. I have three small children, and all the financial responsibilities everyone else has, so leaving a really big Internet company (with the security and benefits) to join a small startup (with all the risks) was a big leap of faith. The team at Eventbrite was really helpful and encouraging. 
Eventually, I decided that the risk was worth it and would be a tremendous opportunity to advance my career.Also, the business model of Eventbrite was attractive: The product is fee-based, and if you build a great product that people love, they will come back and use it again. The alignment with the best interests of our customers was quite appealing.

A demanding role… I was hired as a senior product security engineer, which would lead you to believe that my responsibilities ended with the web apps, mobile apps and production infrastructure. But in reality, if it needed securing, I was responsible. From creating badges for guests, to installation of video cameras to watch the front doors, to IT security and vendors — I am basically on the hook for all that. It is a super demanding position and can be “interrupt driven” too. I did this role solo for three years, and am super thrilled to have hired on our second security engineer to help offload a lot of that work.

Doing things right… The company’s evolution has been one of controlled growth. We have not gone into areas that are outside the “sweet spot” for the company. Many times companies will pivot or morph to please a big customer or do something that is not in the long-term interests of the company. We have a clear vision of where we want to be and we iterate and iterate to get things just right. We have expanded globally since I started: We opened offices in London and are in the process of opening other offices around the country and the world. Eventbrite acquired two companies in 2013. These expansions lead to new opportunities for me to evolve my role, and give me new and exciting challenges.

Welcome to Briteland… The company culture is “brite,” fun and open. We love orange. We clap when something is awesome. We love dogs. We are transparent, so there aren’t too many secrets. We expect great things from each other. There is a high degree of trust and respect in the Briteland. We are global and must think big. The best things about working at Eventbrite are the people, the problem-space, and getting to come to work every day and learn from some of the most brilliant and talented folks — and getting an opportunity to secure the assets of a billion dollars. Lots of challenges!

Today, Eventbrite has 327 employees.

Behind the scenes with Julia Hartz at Bloomberg West

Behind the scenes with Julia Hartz at Bloomberg West

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Tags: Eventbrite