PRESS RELEASE: “Goldstar ANNOUNCES Strategic ADVISORY BOARD: Matt CoffIn, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Moriarty”
Altadena, CA (Goldstar) April 20, 2011 – Live entertainment business leader Goldstar announces today the first three members of its advisory board: former CEO of Ticketmaster Sean Moriarty, actor, producer and director Neil Patrick Harris, and Internet entrepreneur Matt Coffin.
As a group, the advisory board will contribute expertise to Goldstar in entrepreneurship, live entertainment, technology, social media, marketing, and the management of high growth:
-Matt Coffin is a serial entrepreneur and Internet investor. His investments focus primarily around online advertising and direct to consumer internet services, including Buscape (sold – $330M), Demand Media (IPO), Hautelook (sold – $270M) Ad.ly, Caring.com, Client Radius, Deal Quad, Docstoc, eBureau, EcoMom, FamilyFinds, GraphEffect, Goldstar, HMRN, Impact Radius, InAdco, Machinima, Mahalo, Rubicon Project, Shoedazzle, Stance, ThisWeekIn, Unsubscribe.com, and 2tor. He is a co-founder of FamilyFinds.com, an online daily promotions site exclusively focused on services and experiences for families and previously was the CEO and Founder of LowerMyBills.com, which was sold to Experian in 2005 for $380 million. Matt was an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of Year award winner in 2007 and was Southern California Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006.
-Neil Patrick Harris is an accomplished actor, director, producer and host. From his film debut opposite Whoopi Goldberg in Clara’s Heart and his role as the title character of “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” to his recent turns in the Harold & Kumar films and his success on the Broadway stage in such productions as Proof, Cabaret, and Assassins, Harris has enjoyed a career spanning more than 20 years in the industry. He won Emmy Awards for his guest-starring role on “Glee” and for hosting the 63rd Annual Tony Awards. Additionally, he hosted and co-produced the 61st Annual Emmy Awards. Harris currently stars as Barney Stinson in CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother,” earning multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations, as well as a People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actor. Harris will soon make his feature film directorial debut with the tentatively titled romantic comedy, Aaron & Sara. Later this year, Harris will also be seen on screen in The Smurfs and A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas.
-Sean Moriarty is the former president and chief executive officer of Ticketmaster. Prior to serving as president and CEO, Sean served Ticketmaster in several roles of increasing responsibility, including chief operating officer and executive vice president of product and technology. Prior to Ticketmaster, Sean was part of the technology team at Citysearch, where his roles included executive vice president of technology and vice president of Internet systems. Sean is a former board member of Points.com, the operator of the world’s leading reward management portal, and iLike, a social music discovery service with more than 30 million registered users. Sean is currently an entrepreneur in residence at Mayfield Fund, a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley. Moriarty currently sits on several corporate and non-profit boards including Triton Media, Eventbrite, Freedom Communications, CoachArt and the Pat Tillman Foundation.
As Goldstar’s sales and geographical reach continue to grow in 2011, the advisors will play a crucial role in providing insight and support to management. Goldstar plans to open in several more U.S. territories this year, covering nearly all major U.S. markets by year’s end. Goldstar will also announce major innovations to its service and speedier customer acquisition programs. In this high-growth period for Goldstar, the support of the advisory board will be invaluable.
“It’s an exciting and fun time to be here, but what’s ahead is a big job,” says Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy. “Having people as smart and accomplished as Matt, Neil and Sean on board and engaged in helping make Goldstar a success gives me even more confidence that we’re on the right track.”
Goldstar (www.goldstar.com) offers half-price tickets, ideas for fun things to do, and access to the world’s largest source of user reviews for live entertainment, all online. It’s free for people to join Goldstar, and each week they receive custom e-mails with event offers at half-price. In addition to motivating prices and a convenient online purchase process, Goldstar offers members a variety of tools and tips to make an evening out exceptionally easy.
Goldstar is the Internet company that builds new, more diverse audiences for venues by reaching out to its more than 1.5 million members with ticket offers to all things live entertainment, including theater, dance, comedy, jazz, concerts, sports and more. A free no-hassle membership allows people to log on to http://www.goldstar.com and receive weekly e-mail summaries that feature the 1,200-1,500 events offered in major U.S. cities – Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago, New York, Boston, Seattle, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Sacramento, Portland, Dallas and Houston. Goldstar is set for major market expansion in 2011. Goldstar is the largest seller of half-price tickets online and ranked fourth on the TicketNews ticketing industry power ranking – only behind Ticketmaster, Tickets.com and Live Nation. The company is privately owned and self funded.
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