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VP of engineering Nitin Ahuja and other "formidable talent" from the shuttered travel company have joined live event ticketer Vendini
By IQ on 24 Aug 2016
Vendini has made several new appointments, hiring software engineering, product management and customer support staff from defunct travel ticketing platform Zerve, which ceased trading last month.
The San Francisco-based ticketing company, which last month established a live music business unit under ex-House of Blues chief Mark Meyerson, says the new hires are part of a long-term strategy to expand its reach into “small- and mid-sized performing arts festivals, live music and nightclubs, museums, comedy, sports, universities and more”.
“I’ve formed close relationships with my team at Zerve over the years and there’s a lot of value in keeping it together”
“Never a quitter, I look forward to finishing what I started at Zerve here at Vendini,” says new senior director of engineering Nitin Ahuja (pictured), formerly vice-president of engineering at Zerve, which offered ticket-booking services for bus and walking tours, sailing trips, food and wine tasting tours and more for holidaymakers. “I’ve formed close relationships with my team at Zerve over the years and there’s a lot of value in keeping it together.”
“While much of the attention around Zerve’s closing has been focused on the land-grab for former customers, Vendini has been able to identify and acquire the shuttered company’s formidable talent,” says Robert Ayala, managing director of corporate development at Vendini. “Nitin’s been described by those he’s worked for as that rare breed who combines engineering brilliance with phenomenal managerial skills, and the talented group he is bringing with him have a reputation for creating true innovation in the ticketing space.”
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