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Monday, September 7, 2009

Ticket Search Engine FanSnap Raises $5 Million

peHUB reports (log-in required) that FanSnap has raised another $5 million, for a total of $10 million so far. If you purchase tickets for concerts or sporting events on eBay, StubHub or other online ticket sites, you will find FanSnap useful. FanSnap is basically a search engine for tickets, once you've found the ticket you want, you click thru to the ticket vendor and purchase directly from them. From the FanSnap site:
"FanSnap provides free ticket search results for dozens of the leading ticket providers, including TicketNetwork, StubHub, RazorGator, Las Vegas Tickets, Gold Coast Tickets, eBay, Barry's Tickets, AllShows.com, and Ace Ticket. Our detailed ticket-level search results are made possible by the combination of strategic industry partnerships and systems integration, as well as our FanSnap TicketData systems and patent-pending dynamic FanSnap Maps.

Palo Alto, CA-based FanSnap was founded in 2007 and is funded by General Catalyst Partners and Highland Capital Partners."

FanSnap has some of the best interactive theater/stadium diagrams I have ever seen -- detailed to row by row selections. They display pricing using a "heat map" color labeling system and they indicate where the "best value for the price" seats are located throughout the theater/stadium for the event you are checking out.

This is another example of a smart aggregation play. With all of the information on the web, sometimes just organizing it for your audience to make browsing more efficient can be profitable.

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