Martin Ringlein is the Head of R&D at Eventbrite, one of the largest ticketing platforms in the world. Martin joined Eventbrite through the acquisition of his previous start-up, nvite, in late 2016 where he served as CEO and Chairman of the Board. Prior, Martin was a Presidential Innovation Fellow at The White House working directly within the Executive Office of the President for the Obama administration. Martin’s first company, nclud, a research and design consultancy, was acquired by Twitter pre-IPO where he went on to become their first Design Manager, helping build and lead the R&D team. Martin is also a Venture Partner at NextGen Venture Partners where he invests in early and late stage startups, such as Hyperloop One and Jukely.
From Agency to Acquisition
February 12, 2018 | 10:00 AM
Agencies are not startups, but the talent and technology that power them have increasingly become acquisitions targets In the midst of the industry's greatest talent war. The landscape from which we build our businesses has shifted, clients can become competitors and experiments can lead to exits. Have the rules of engagement changed? How do we manage the type of attention doing the best work now attracts? The balance between building an agency and growing an agency have blurred and with them the definition of “success”. Is it business as usual or is the unusual now the business?
Martin has worked on both sides of the M&A deal; his first agency was acquired by Twitter in 2012. Part of that agency came back together to build Macaw which was acquired by Invision in 2015 and then again to build nvite which was acquired by Eventbrite in 2016. Martin will share his experience on growing an agency through talent and technology and his story of how relentless experimentation led to acquisition conversations from Apple to Spotify.