“These companies are literally the economic engine of the city,” said Harrell when presenting the winner of the Best Growth Stage Startup category. The winner, restaurant and venue event management software Gather Technologies, employs over 100 in Atlanta and continues to expand quickly.
"Companies are looking for ways to drive visibility and ease around booking events," said Ron Shah, Founder and CEO at Bizly. "Our partnership with Gather will give our users access to thousands of additional venues and a streamlined booking process which delivers efficiency and savings."
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Gather is listed in the top 500 companies in Inc. Magazine's Top 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies 2018 list.
Gather has made recent additions to their executive team, acquired the company EVENTup in June, garnered industry accolades (including recognition from the Inc. 5000 Awards), launched the Gather Booking Network, and relocated to a new office to manage a rapidly growing team. By the end of 2018, the company projects to more than double its headcount with 130 total employees.
Wedding Spot will play an integral role in helping Gather Booking Network customers better tap into the booming wedding industry. With a network of over 12,000 potential wedding venues nationwide, Wedding Spot is the ultimate destination for couples looking to find the perfect location to celebrate.
“We are so excited to work with Gather to help propel the event industry forward, offering venues and their clients everything they need to make booking events a quick, streamlined process,” says David Adler, CEO and founder of BizBash Media.
Gather, the leading provider of event management software, today announced the addition of BizBash, the premier outlet for fresh ideas, trends, and vendors for the event and meeting industry, to its growing partnership program, the Gather Booking Network.
More than $30 billion is spent annually on events and parties in the U.S. Gather’s partnership with Yelp connects restaurants and event venues with the 15+ million people looking to plan events each year.
“We kind of fell into and uncovered what is a manual and disorganized process,” CEO and co-founder Nick Miller told TechCrunch. “On both sides of the table. For both the person planning the event but also for the folks who work at the restaurants and venues. We set out to fix the problem.”
“With the launch of our Yelp partnership, we’re bringing event management up to par with other industries, making it simple and intuitive to book, plan and execute great events.”
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"More than 5,000 restaurants and venues across the U.S. already use Gather’s software to manage and simplify their event bookings process and, in 2017, planned and managed over 700,000 events, grossing more than $1 billion. This acquisition will provide opportunities for Gather customers to source new events business through listings in EVENTup’s unique online marketplace."
Gather, the leading event management software platform for restaurants and venues, announced today that it has acquired EVENTup, a top online marketplace for event venues.
“Together, we’ll be able to build on our collective momentum and redefine the planning process — driving the industry forward and helping our customers grow their events business.”
"With this acquisition, Gather will now streamline the event process, offering customers both the opportunity to source event venues through EVENTup’s marketplace and then, once the venue is booked, seamlessly help them plan the logistics."
"With Gather, they are able to respond to lead inquiries more quickly, streamline their current booking process, and better analyze how their business is performing. Gather has been a game changer for their business, resulting in more bookings (60% increase) and an incredibly fast and error-proof booking, invoicing and proposal process."
"Did you know that 20-30 percent of a restaurant’s revenue can come from private events? It may seem like a lot to take on, on top of all the day-to-day responsibilities of a restaurant, but new event management software, like Gather, can actually save about 90 percent of an event manager’s time."
"Atlanta-based Gather will relocate to a 31,000 square-foot office in Midtown’s 715 Peachtree. An office of that size could accommodate more than 200 people, according to real estate industry estimates."
Gather co-founder and senior vice president of sales Alex Lassiter explains how paying attention to the back-of-the-house operations is important for mobile operations as well.
"Swaying from its interpersonal roots, the hospitality industry took on tech this year in hopes of improving the experience for both the restaurant owner and customer."
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"I first read about the idea of Radical Candor in Kim Scott’s First Round Review article (Radical Candor — The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss), and it stuck with me. After reading about Kim’s success rolling the management style out across teams at multiple companies, I started to consider the positive impact it could have on our team at Gather."
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"Any function that is core to your business should ideally be served by a permanent hire," said Alex Lassiter, co-founder and VP of customer service at software developer Gather. "For example, we're a software business, so it's very important for us to have a talented engineering team on site every day."
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"In the midst of a high-growth, successful year, event management software startup Gather has made moves to expand further into the events industry — investing in further product development and growing its employee base. To do this, Gather has formalized a strategic investment with enterprise software data-focused investment firm Vista Equity Partners."
“We’re fortunate to be part of Atlanta’s growing tech community and look forward to tapping into an incredibly talented pool of software engineers, sales managers and other professionals to help take Gather to the next level."
“Vista’s financial strength and software expertise will fuel Gather’s next chapter of growth, allowing us to improve our existing product and continue to help clients develop event programs that will serve as major revenue streams.”
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Gather co-founder and senior vice president of sales Alex Lassiter breaks down how common misconceptions about events may be costing restaurants sales.
Gather co-founder and senior vice president of sales Alex Lassiter reveals how events and catering can diversify a restaurant’s revenue stream, helping it to survive in a difficult market.
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''With tech-savvy customers looking for more digital and streamlined processes everywhere they go, it only makes sense that restaurants would begin moving toward automation." (Sourced by Nicholas Miller, CEO and co-founder of Gather)
"We’ve been Gather fans (and heavy users) since we opened The Garage in 2016. Being in the heart of Tech Square, we have a rare glimpse into the innovation ecosystem and the development of new technologies. Watching Gather evolve has been a real treat."
By hearing from candidates why they feel now is the right time to look for a new opportunity, Miller says "you can kind of parse people's motivations, but you can also get a good understanding about whether someone's really intentional about their career."
"Raising money is considered a crucial measure of success for any fledgling business. But it's not everything, says Nicholas Miller, the co-founder and CEO of service industry software Gather."
"We have a pretty strong private-dining program, and luckily with Gather it makes everything streamlined for us because it’s done online. It’s much easier because no guest wants to deal with sending paperwork back and forth."
“Restaurants have a certain number of seats and a certain number of fixed costs. So when those seats are empty, it’s not a good thing for the business,” said Nicholas Miller, CEO of Gather, an event tech startup. “Events offer a way to spin up another revenue line and bring folks in in a different way.”
"Nick Miller, of the restaurant software company Gather, is a co-founder and CEO who attributes his success to his education in philosophy."
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"Today, Gather is the gold standard of what an event management software company should look like. When the founders came together to create the platform, they sought to build a product that people would need in five years and could develop even further five years after that. They continue to push the product by adding new features, but always keeping in mind their mission to create a simplified streamlined experience, accessible for everyone, anytime, anywhere."
"Gather also builds a database of customers. 'You can pull in relevant information about them too, like favorite drink, booking history...' says Lassiter, noting it's one of his favorite features. 'Making those little connections is what hospitality is all about.'"
"We’re familiar with uniquely Southern hot spots around Atlanta like Ford Fry, Empire State South, Kevin Rathbun Steak, Kevin Gillespie’s restaurants and Buckhead Life group’s restaurants. And while they are all successful dining destinations featuring some of the country’s top chefs, they also have something else in common—they are all working one of the leading event management software companies in the nation, Atlanta’s own software startup, Gather."
"According to Gather, while the average party size for a full-service restaurant is 3.7 guests with an average spend of $100-500, a private event can bring in $2,500. That is 20 times more you can make than from a typical $100 ticket."
From clunky binders to manual filing systems, far too many restaurateurs still rely on outdated management methods to plan and manage their events. Gather co-founder and senior vice president of sales Alex Lassiter explores how technology is streamlining that process, making events more enjoyable for clients and guests.
"They say that all of the fun happens after the planning ends. However, that shouldn’t be the case. Gather is here to add the fun back into event planning by putting your venue’s event calendar — and every detail that comes with it — all under one roof."
"'We have a very passionate team at Gather, and I’m inspired when I see our employees take so much ownership and pride in the product we’ve created,' says Lassiter. 'Nick, Tom and I obviously love what we do—but seeing our employees love Gather is truly inspiring.'"
"Over the next five years, Miller says they hope to continue to expand their users and help drive more customers to their clients. 'We also want to serve the event planners,' he says, 'and help them find our customers.'"
"Christina Teran, Sage’s corporate director of sales and marketing, had positive memories of Gather, a Cloud-based private dining and events management software, from a previous role, and immediately saw its fit in the company’s unique structure. In December, Sage established Gather at 10 of its locations."
"Atlanta startup Gather has raised $2.5 million to help restaurants and venues manage and grow their private events business. About 20 percent to 30 percent of a typical full-service restaurant's revenue is generated from private events, Gather CEO Nick Miller said."
"Gather announced that it has raised $2.5 million in new funding to help restaurants and venues manage their events. Led by Storm Ventures, the investment will be used to not only improve the product, but also accelerate development of certain 'top-secret projects.'"