Julia Hartz (November 20, 1979) is an American entrepreneur, investor, and the co-founder and CEO of Eventbrite, a global ticketing and event technology platform.[1] She is known for her leadership of Eventbrite during the COVID-19 pandemic[2] and empowering women in the technology industry.[3][4][5] Hartz was selected as one of Fortune magazine's most powerful women entrepreneurs.[6]

Julia D. Hartz
BornNovember 20, 1979
Alma materPepperdine University (BA)
Years active2001 - present
TitleCEO, Eventbrite
SpouseKevin Hartz

Career edit

Hartz was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. She graduated from Pepperdine University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunication.[7]

Hartz began her career as a development executive at MTV where she contributed to the Jackass TV series from 2001 to 2003. At FX Networks from 2003 to 2005, she helped oversee shows including The Shield, Rescue Me, Nip/Tuck and 30 Days.[8]

In 2006, she co-founded Eventbrite with (her then-fiancé) Kevin Hartz and Renaud Visage.[9] The company now has more than 700 global employees with offices in 12 countries.[10]

In April 2016, Hartz was appointed CEO and became member of Eventbrite Board of directors after her husband (and co-founder) stepped down from the role.[3][4][11] In September 2018, Hartz took the company public, "making her among the few women to lead the successful initial public offering of a technology start-up."[9]

Outside of Eventbrite, Hartz is an investor in Minted, Chairish, Playa Capital Company, Tamara Mellon and Color Genomics.[12] She serves on the Board of directors of the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts,[13] and University of California, San Francisco’s Board of overseers.[14]

Recognition edit

Hartz has been honored twice as one of Fortune magazine’s 40 Under 40 business leaders,[15] Inc.’s 35 under 35,[16] and one of Fortune's most powerful women entrepreneurs.[6] The Aspen Institute also recognized Hartz as one of the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows.[17]

In 2014, Hartz appeared on the cover of Forbes Magazine in a feature of Sequoia Capital’s founding stars.[18] She often speaks on the subject of building and scaling a global business, entrepreneurship, and the power of human connection through live experiences.[19]

Hartz has faced intense criticism for her recent promotion of Pro Palestinian Liberation events, after the October 2023 Hamas Attacks on Israel. [3]

Personal life edit

Hartz got engaged to Kevin Hartz in April 2005, "started Eventbrite nine months later, and got married five months after that."[9] In 2016, after Hartz took over the CEO role, her husband Kevin returned to working as an investor.[9] Hartz lives in San Francisco with her husband and two daughters.[20][21]

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References edit

  1. ^ "American entrepreneur Julia Hartz turns 40 - Beyond Pink World". www.beyondpinkworld.com. Retrieved 2022-12-05.
  2. ^ HINCHLIFFE, EMMA; MCGLAUFLIN, PAIGE (2022-06-09). "Live events were a pandemic casualty. But they're nearly recession-proof, says Eventbrite's CEO". Fortune. Retrieved 2022-12-05.
  3. ^ a b "Box office gold — Julia Hartz, CEO, Eventbrite". Financial Times. June 28, 2016.
  4. ^ a b LEV-RAM, MICHAL (2016-04-21). "Exclusive: Eventbrite Has a New CEO, and You'll Never Guess Who it Is". Forbes. Retrieved 2022-12-05.
  5. ^ "Eventbrite Founder Julia Hartz Has a Different Way to Think About Company Culture". Inc Magazine. 2019. Retrieved 2022-12-05.
  6. ^ a b "Meet the 2013 Fortune Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs". Fortune. October 10, 2013.
  7. ^ "Pepperdine Alumni- Alumni feature 🎉 Julia Hartz ('01), CEO and Co-founder of Eventbrite". Facebook. Retrieved 2022-12-05.
  8. ^ "Julia Hartz Bio". generalassemb.ly. Retrieved 2022-12-05.
  9. ^ a b c d Gelles, David (2019-01-31). "Julia Hartz Founded Eventbrite With Her Fiancé. Then She Took His Job". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-12-05.
  10. ^ "How Eventbrite's Julia Hartz Is Making Her Company Profitable". Inc. April 26, 2016.
  11. ^ LEV-RAM, MICHAL (2015-11-12). "Eventbrite CEO Kevin Hartz is Temporarily Stepping Down". Fortune. Retrieved 2022-12-05.
  12. ^ "Julia Hartz Investor Profile: Portfolio & Exits | PitchBook". pitchbook.com. Retrieved 2022-12-05.
  13. ^ "Exclusive: Eventbrite CEO Julia Hartz Appointed to Four Seasons' Board of Directors". Fortune. May 2, 2017.
  14. ^ "Julia Hartz's Investing Profile | Signal". Signal. Retrieved 2022-12-05.
  15. ^ "40 under 40". fortune.com. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Eventbrite's Julia Hartz on Growing Into Entrepreneurship". Inc. June 24, 2014.
  17. ^ "Announcing the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows". agln.aspeninstitute.org. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  18. ^ George, Anders (26 March 2014). "Look Who Sequoia Bankrolls: These 13 Tech Titans Stand Out". forbes.com. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  19. ^ "Eventbrite CEO On The Transformative Power of Human Connection And Why Self-Doubt Is A Waste Of Time". Forbes. March 4, 2018.
  20. ^ altizer, drew (2017-12-16). "SF Ballet's Nutcracker Benefit Luncheon 2017: Land of Dreams". drewaltizer.com. Retrieved 2022-12-05.
  21. ^ Hecht, Albert. "Kevin And Julia Hartz Raise Another $60 Million For Eventbrite – At Near $1 Billion Valuation". Retrieved 2022-12-05.

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