“Get people talking. People have a lot of interesting things to share. You might discover an unexpected connection.” — Kelsey Recht, CEO, VenueBook
Ever try to book an event and end up calling around to dozens of places, trying to get someone on the phone to check dates of availability, budget, menu, capacity, etc.? It can be extremely time-consuming and often fruitless. Well, Kelsey Recht, founder & CEO of VenueBook, has a simple solution: create an online platform that enables corporate event planners — or regular people — just looking for a party space to search all of those things and more in one place.
When we saw Recht pitch her idea at a NY Tech Meetup Women’s Demo Night a few months ago, we knew she’d be a rising star in both the technology and hospitality worlds. While VenueBook just launched in New York City, the company plans to roll out its platform to other markets around the country over the next year. We interviewed the founder of what she calls “an OpenTable-like platform for finding and booking event spaces” about launching a brand, standing out in your career and creating buzz.
Why is it so important these days to stand out in the workplace?
The harsh reality right now is that the economy is not strong. Jobs are hard to come by. If you have one, you need to do your best to excel and make a name for yourself.
What’s the best PR advice you’ve ever received?
Do your homework on reporters and what they cover first. Half of the battle is knowing the right person and what angle to take with them.
What are your top networking tips?
Get people talking. People have a lot of interesting things to share. You might discover an unexpected connection.