This Week’s Best In Beta
Which startup is going to be the next big thing? Investors, bloggers, job seekers, and inspiring entrepreneurs everywhere are dying to know. Hundreds of startups enter private beta each month, and that’s far too many for any one person to keep up with. Fret not! Each week, I share some of the hottest new startups in this column, Best In Beta. Let’s discover the next big thing together!
When I’m not writing about startups, I write poems. I love writing poems and love love love reciting my work in public. The problem: it’s really tough to score gigs.
I certainly can’t afford an agent. Even if I could, the resulting live performances I would book would mostly be through that person’s industry connections, not extensive access to the marketplace. That’s because live performance venues are scattered all over the place, listed sporadically. The marketplace is a disjointed mess. I’ve tried, I really have, but you can put your radar out there (as a performer, host, or audience member) and still miss opportunities all the time.
Please welcome to the stage: StageHook, a platform connecting event planners with live performers.
On the management side, StageHook provides a space to handle bookings and find great talent. If you’re an artist – musician, speaker, dance troupe, you name it – StageHook puts you on the map, maybe even before you’re on the map, so to speak. It’s a safe tool for making bookings, managing a schedule, and getting paid.
StageHook allows both sides of the microphone to be upfront about their expectations and requirements, and to have access to a united community. For all the mystique surrounding “being discovered” or “discovering” a performer, filling the stage with greater regularity is the best way to create magic moments.
What’s great about StageHook is that it gives people on the fringe of the marketplace – think: company picnic, wedding bash – a collection of artists to choose from that they’d never find otherwise. Similarly, it puts artists in the running for consideration for performances they likely don’t have the time or know-how to pursue.
Is the awesomeness of the back and forth connections StageHook supports clear enough? What can I say – this tool excites me. I’m a huge advocate for live performance of all kind. Close to my heart, it probably drives me crazier when interested parties miss each other in the live performance space than it does in other industries.
So, have at it, friends. Book those local or indie performers! Put yourself out there, performers! And everyone go see live shows!
Oh yeah, and bring down the house, StageHook.