Stager grew out of the Rotterdam cultural sector. A number of venues and festivals wanted more control over their own business processes. They also felt they paid excessively for ticketing costs. This loose group of organizations and individuals thought up an online tool which could help control ticketing costs and run event planning better. That became Stager.
The Stager team began working on an ambitious project: an all-in-one system for event organizers. This would not have been possible without the daily support from avant-garde arts venue WORM and the work of developers from Lunatech.
After this start-up phase, Stager expanded to become a vital part of the European events scene. Currently we work together with hundreds of venues, theaters, festivals and club and party organizers in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
Stager's dream is to see its events management and ticket sales systems used worldwide.
Stager believes in the power of cooperation and that a cooperative approach can only be enhanced by working in one system.
Stager listens to our users because they know best when it comes to doing their jobs well.
Stager finds that the organizer must be in charge and able to set their own service costs and own their data.
Stager sees itself as a meerkat, able to command a clear view over the hectic run up to an event.
I am Mike van Gaasbeek, the spiritual father and CEO of Stager. I have been active in the cultural sector my whole life. First as a stagehand and a flyer distributor, later as a producer, talk show editor and marketer. Eventually I became business director at WORM. Next to my work as director I work on innovative projects on the cutting edge of art, technology, commerce and sustainability.
Our office is found in ZOHO, a new cultural quarter in Rotterdam. This is a place where a lot of forward-looking creatives and innovators work, normally in the arts and design, culture and media, tech, food, architecture and urban planning sectors. There is always something to do or to think about in this busy neighbourhood!
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