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We founded a blockchain ticketing startup before age 30 — Mainstage
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Aleks Beer and Brenton Wong have co-founded two successful companies, all before age 30. Their latest venture, a blockchain ticketing platform, has already started making a name for itself and generating revenue. Last year, Mainstage was the sole ticketing provider for New Zealand’s largest blockchain conference. Here’s what the two young co-founders had to say about building on Centrality’s platform.
How did the idea for Mainstage come about?
Like most people under 30, we enjoyed our younger years attending various concerts and festivals. Being tech-heads, we spent a lot of time observing the very primitive existing ticketing systems and talking to promoters. We quickly realised there was a major problem with ticket scalping and scamming that could be solved by ticketing on the blockchain.
From your experiences after university and working in the technology sector, how did they lead you guys to found your own company?
We worked our fair share of 9–5 jobs over the years, learning the ins and outs. We also worked with a lot of people at various skill-levels. It didn’t take us long to adapt in any environment and pick up leadership roles, so we realised that we could probably do our own thing. We went on to start a digital agency where we subcontracted for all sorts of development projects, with the idea to bootstrap Mainstage on the side.
Any words of advice for prospective young startup founders?
Research your idea and make sure you’re it hasn’t been built a thousand times already. If you are really onto something, then validate the market first. Start ...
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