Eventbrite has "supercharged" its footprint in the European live music business with the buy-out of rival self-service ticketer Ticketscript
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Former European GM Jonker has left Eventbrite just under two years after it acquired Ticketscript, the company he co-founded in 2006
By Jon Chapple on 06 Dec 2018
Ticketscript co-founder Frans Jonker has left his position as Eventbrite’s general manager for continental Europe.
Jonker co-founded Amsterdam-based Ticketscript, which grew to become Europe’s largest self-service ticketing platform, in 2006, and sold up to Eventbrite in January 2017.
“My work here is done,” he comments. “The values and mission of the company I have established will continue as part of Eventbrite.”
Jonker adds that he is “looking for new challenges outside of ticketing”.
Ruben Meiland, the other Ticketscript co-founder and Eventbrite’s global VP of product, remains in his role at Eventbrite HQ in San Francisco.
“Our original vision will live on”
Jasper Dijkstra, Eventbrite’s country director for Benelux, meanwhile, will continue to head up the company’s activities in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
“Ticketscript was a game-changer”, says Mailand, ” initially with promoters of electronic music in Amsterdam and later throughout Europe. We were, ultimately, so good at what we did that we drew the attention of a global platform.
“Although I find it very unfortunate to say goodbye to my co-founder, I think what we’ve achieved with Ticketscript is in line with what we’re doing now with Eventbrite, so our original vision will live on.”
Since acquiring Ticketscript, Eventbrite has also bought Ticketea in Spain, Picatic in Canada and, most significantly, Ticketfly in the US. The Ticketfly name will be retired from next year in favour of a new platform for US clubs, dubbed Eventbrite Music.
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