Facts & Info

Company Overview

Goldstar is the largest seller of half-price tickets to live entertainment.

February 2002
Our Mission:
Make it easy for people to experience more and spend less on theatre, concerts, nightlife, comedy, sports and other events in their city.
Metro Areas:
  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Inland Empire
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • New York/New Jersey
  • Orange County
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Portland
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco/East Bay
  • San Jose
  • Seattle
  • Washington, D.C.
Venue Partners:
Approximately 4,000
Events Offered:
2,100-2,200 available at one time

Co-Founders & Executive Officers

Jim McCarthy, CEO

Jim McCarthy is the co-founder and CEO of Goldstar. An 18-year veteran of the Internet and e-commerce, Jim has spent his entire career in high-growth businesses and likes to share his knowledge and insight with others. He's the editor and main contributor to SellingOut.com, a website for live entertainment and arts marketers. He's the curator and co-founder of TEDxBroadway. He's spoken at conferences all over the world, including TED, SXSW, INTIX and more. His articles have been in Forbes, Fast Company and Business Insider. Jim studied English at Harvard University and received an MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Robert Graff, CTO

Robert Graff is the co-founder and CTO of Goldstar. Robert is responsible for the company's product development and system operations. Before launching Goldstar, Robert was Director of Product for the venture-backed Kiko Inc., and previous to that, headed Yahoo! GeoCities' Sales Production. He was also a co-founder of AboutMyBaby and served as Creative Manager at Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Robert has more than 20 years of experience in creating consumer products and is a graduate of UCLA.

Richard Webster, Co-Founder

Richard Webster is the co-founder of Goldstar. In his previous role as CFO and COO of Goldstar he was responsible for finance operations and the management of all ticket organizer relationships. Before founding Goldstar, Rich was Vice President of Business Development at Kiko Inc., and previous to that was an integral manager of manufacturing, logistics, and business development for a family-founded medical device company, now part of Biosense Webster, a Johnson & Johnson Company. He also had a successful career at Morgan Stanley and Co., Inc. Rich earned his MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA and his undergraduate degree from Stanford University.

Steve Bardack, CDO

Steve Bardack is the Chief Development Officer of Goldstar. He has been professionally acquainted with two of Goldstar's co-founders since their time together at GeoCities. There, Steve served as VP of Strategy and Business Development, through the company's 1999 acquisition by Yahoo. He has since led the team that assisted The Blackstone Group in the $410M leveraged buyout of Columbia House, served as principal of Pathway Ventures (with investments including J2 Communications and SanDisk), and as president, partner and portfolio manager at Strata Capital Management. Most recently prior to joining Goldstar, Steve guided corporate development at Convertro, leading an M&A process that resulted in the company's $101M sale to AOL. He holds a JD and MBA from USC and a BA in economics from UC Berkeley.

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