Shak­ing up the world of on­line event tick­et­ing

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS -

Name: Graeme Davis Age: 28 Po­si­tion: Co-founder and CEO of Brüha, an en­ter­tain­ment and on­line ticket provider. It is an in­no­va­tive prod­uct suite that in­cludes an in­ter­ac­tive web­site, iOS and An­droid prod­ucts to cre­ate a com­pre­hen­sive per­son­al­ized user ex­pe­ri­ence for dis­cov­er­ing lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment, thereby in­creas­ing ticket sales for Brüha’s cus­tomers (event pro­mot­ers).

Job de­scrip­tion: As act­ing CEO, I over­see all busi­ness de­vel­op­ment for Brüha. This in­cludes con­tribut­ing to prod­uct de­vel­op­ment, de­signs, mar­ket­ing, ad­ver­tis­ing and gen­eral busi­ness net­work­ing, as well as cus­tomer ac­qui­si­tion and hav­ing over­sight of le­gal and fi­nan­cial devel­op­ments.

Is this the job you thought you’d be do­ing?

Sit­ting here now, it’s hard to imag­ine a time I thought of do­ing any­thing else. Prior to found­ing Brüha, I had founded a tech startup called ShowDom in 2012. Be­fore that, I worked on a fam­ily busi­ness that was en­tre­pre­neur­ial in na­ture.

Through most of my teens and 20s I’ve been work­ing the hus­tle, more re­cently build­ing soft­ware busi­nesses and teams. I’ve felt very com­fort­able in a lead­er­ship role and learned to find so­lace in the stress that comes with the po­si­tion. Some days more than oth­ers, I put a lot of ef­fort in try­ing to bal­ance my work and per­sonal life.

Ad­vice to oth­ers on launch­ing a ca­reer:

The key at­tribute that ul­ti­mately wins the ca­reer game is the per­son you are be­com­ing. What­ever in­dus­try you hop into, it’ll be­come ap­par­ent quickly that those who rise to the top do so be­cause they are well-re­spected and hard­work­ing. These in­di­vid­u­als lis­ten to oth­ers first, will stay late to com­plete work, carry them­selves in­tel­li­gently, make an ef­fort to con­nect with peo­ple, do right for the team and are gen­er­ally well-liked.

Roots: My con­nec­tion to Hamil­ton dates back two gen­er­a­tions. Both my fa­ther and his fa­ther at­tended West­dale Sec­ondary School. Dad was a baby boomer, the re­sult of the for­tu­nate re­turn of my grand­fa­ther from the Sec­ond World War. He grew up on Locke Street. My aunts, un­cles and grand­par­ents con­tinue to live in the city and my par­ents now live in Stoney Creek. I was born at McMaster Hos­pi­tal and grew up in Grimsby.

Twit­ter han­dle: https://twit­ter.com/bruhaex­clu­sive

iPhone, An­droid or BB? Both! Brüha has an iPhone app and an An­droid app.

Re­cent Tweet or FB up­date: Reg­is­ter & re­serve your spot for @Gen­er­a­tionZ_’s up­com­ing net­work­ing so­cial @co­mo­tiononk­ing on July 11th!

Net­works: Brüha is part of the Forge In­cu­ba­tor in Hamil­ton, af­fil­i­ated with McMaster Univer­sity. We are also a client with the Hamil­ton RIC In­no­va­tion Fac­tory head­quar­tered in McMaster In­no­va­tion Park. We work with lo­cal hubs in­clud­ing the Hamil­ton Hive and the Down­town BIA. We have a great cus­tomer base in the city span­ning from the Hamil­ton Film Fes­ti­val, Pop-up Hamil­ton, Vin­tage Mar­ket­place, FirstOn­tario, I Heart Beer Fes­ti­val, and a din­ner event this sum­mer on the his­toric McQuesten High Level Bridge.

Favourite restau­rant in the down­town:

The new Nique, off James and Vine, is a must. They also run chef bat­tle events (tick­ets can be found on Brüha).

Best fea­ture of life in Hamil­ton:

Sud­denly, it has be­come some­what “cool” to say you live in Hamil­ton. Take it for what it is, but it would ap­pear that word is get­ting out. Hamil­ton is be­com­ing a next des­ti­na­tion to live, do busi­ness and find qual­ity eats.

What would make Hamil­ton a bet­ter city:

A stronger tech ecosys­tem, and ad­vo­cacy. Soft­ware, hard­ware, man­u­fac­tur­ing or aca­demic — re­gard­less, it’s para­mount that Hamil­ton de­fines it­self as a re­gional hub for in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy busi­nesses ver­sus a bed­room com­mu­nity for those who want cheap mort­gages and to catch the GO Train to their jobs in Mis­sis­sauga or Toronto.

I spoke in more de­tail about my thoughts on the tech scene in Hamil­ton in a re­cent blog post: http://blog.bruha.com/start­ingtech-startup-hamil­ton/

Con­tacts: https://bruha.com; graeme@bruha.com; https://face­book.com/bruhaex­clu­sive

Quote: “When you fin­ish a quote by stat­ing who said it, doesn’t it kind of dis­tract us from what it is that is be­ing said?” — Graeme Davis, en­tre­pre­neur, philoso­pher and CEO @Brüha.

If you know a Hamil­ton pro­fes­sional who would make a good can­di­date for this pro­file se­ries, send an email to shen­der­son@thes­pec.com

GARY YOKOYAMA, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Graeme Davis, 28, is co-founder and CEO of Brüha.

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