What was your first entrepreneurial endeavor?
Michael: I got my start in nightlife as a teenager, hired to skateboard up and down South Beach’s Ocean Drive and pass out flyers to would-be partygoers. From there, I soon opened up Cameo in 1989 and Boomerang in 1990.
How does InList curate the events that are featured on the app?
Gideon: Our team works with a network of top nightlife and hospitality executives, club owners, and influencers from each city who consult on the hottest events and venues in their respective markets. We’re picky—we won’t send our users anywhere. It’s easy for people to be bombarded by an exhaustive list of things going on in any given city one night. Much more difficult is then identifying the handful of places or parties are actually worthwhile and trendy, particularly when traveling out of your home city. We’re in the business of doing this research, curating and narrowing for our users so they don’t have to.
How is InList revolutionizing the entertainment industry?
Michael: The entertainment and nightlife industries have evolved massively along with technological advances and the figurative shrinking of the globe. People, and DJs, move around much more. The number of entertainment options in any given market has multiplied a thousand fold. And yet although we’re in an information age, the way in which travelers and revelers discover and access their nightlife options in any given region hasn’t evolved along with the expansion of these choices. We saw a real need for both a definitive reliable guide for the jetsetter, and a seamless mobile platform for reserving access to the hotspots we recommend.
What does it take to be an InList Member?
Gideon: Anyone can download InList free of charge and use it both for informative purposes as to what’s “in” in any given city and to make reservations at these venues. To become an InList VIP member and gain access to a range of special events, from awards shows to championship sporting events or high-profile charity galas, users apply through the app and answer a few questions about themselves and their nightlife preferences.
What is the most memorable event you have attended?
Michael: Too many good ones to choose from, but maybe Madonna’s birthday party and housewarming at her home in Miami in the early 90s.
What is one of your favorite event venues?
Aside from your company/job, what is your greatest success?
Michael: The work we’ve done since the tragic earthquake in 2010 with my charity Haiti Empowerment Mission.
Apart from InList, what is one app that all FoundersCard Members should be using?
Gideon & Michael: For female FoundersCard members, we are big fans of InList partner Vênsette, a beautifully designed app for booking in-home luxury beauty appointments launched last year by Lauren Remington Platt. A perfect night out with InList for our VIP female users often begins with Vênsette.
What is one book you would recommend to everyone?
Give us your best plug/brag a little about as to what you’re working on now/next.
Gideon: We’re excited about our newly launched category InList Access, the international calendar of high-profile events we just launched for InList VIP members, giving them access to everything from awards shows, championship sporting events, celebrity hosted game nights, sold out concerts, to high-profile charity galas.
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