Julia Hartz

Julia Hartz (November 20, 1979; Santa Cruz, California) is an American entrepreneur, investor and the co-founder and C.E.O. of Eventbrite, a global ticketing and event technology platform. She is best known for her leadership at Eventbrite and empowering women in the technology industry.[1][2] Hartz was selected as one of Fortune magazine's most powerful women entrepreneurs.[3]

Julia Hartz
BornNovember 20, 1979
ResidenceSan Francisco
EducationBachelor of Arts in Telecommunication
Alma materPepperdine University
Years active2001 - present
Spouse(s)Kevin Hartz

Early life and education

Hartz was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunication from Pepperdine University.


After studying communication and broadcast journalism at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, Hartz began her career as a development executive at MTV where she contributed to the Jackass TV series from 2001 to 2003. At FX Networks from 2003 to 2005, she helped oversee shows including The Shield, Rescue Me, Nip/Tuck and 30 Days. Then, in 2006, she co-founded Eventbrite with Kevin Hartz and Renaud Visage. Hartz was appointed C.E.O. and became member of Eventbrite Board of directors in April 2016.[1][2] Hartz is also an investor in Minted, Chairish, Playa Capital Company, Tamara Mellon and Color Genomics. In 2014, Hartz appeared on the cover of Forbes Magazine in a feature of Sequoia Capital’s founding stars.[4] She serves on the Board of directors of the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts,[5] and University of California, San Francisco’s Board of overseers. Under her leadership, company culture and workplace performance have remained an integral part of Eventbrite, which now has more than 700 global employees with offices in 12 countries.[6]


Hartz is one of the most recognized female leaders in technology[7] and is known as the architect of Eventbrite’s notable and award-winning culture. The company has won the Bay Area’s Best Places to Work awards for nine consecutive years.[8] She has been honored twice as one of Fortune magazine’s 40 Under 40 business leaders,[9] Inc.’s 35 under 35,[10] and one of Fortune's most powerful women entrepreneurs.[3] The Aspen Institute also recognized Hartz as one of the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows.[11] She often speaks on the subject of building and scaling a global business, entrepreneurship, and the power of human connection through live experiences.[12] Hartz also shares her vision on Eventbrite’s business,[13][14] leading with empathy,[15] building a sustainable and evolving company culture, empowering millennials,[16] and leadership in general.[17][18] Hartz was interviewed by Reid Hoffman on the Masters of Scale podcast,[19] where she talked about how listening to customer feedback and "maniacally following customers" helped her to catapult Eventbrite forward.

Podcast appearances

Hartz was interviewed by Reid Hoffman on the Masters of Scale podcast, where she talked about how she used rapid response to user feedback the driving force behind Eventbrite’s strategy.[20]

Personal life

Hartz lives in San Francisco with her husband, Kevin Hartz and two daughters.


  1. "Box office gold — Julia Hartz, CEO, Eventbrite". Financial Times. June 28, 2016.
  2. "Exclusive: Eventbrite Has a New CEO, and You'll Never Guess Who it Is". Forbes. April 21, 2016.
  3. "Meet the 2013 Fortune Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs". Fortune. October 10, 2013.
  4. George, Anders (26 March 2014). "Look Who Sequoia Bankrolls: These 13 Tech Titans Stand Out". forbes.com. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  5. "Exclusive: Eventbrite CEO Julia Hartz Appointed to Four Seasons' Board of Directors". Fortune. May 2, 2017.
  6. "How Eventbrite's Julia Hartz Is Making Her Company Profitable". Inc. April 26, 2016.
  7. "Meet ELLE's 2015 Women in Tech". Elle. June 11, 2015.
  8. "Bay Area Companies Best Places To work 2017". bizjournals.com. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  9. "40 under 40". fortune.com. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  10. "Eventbrite's Julia Hartz on Growing Into Entrepreneurship". Inc. June 24, 2014.
  11. "Announcing the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows". agln.aspeninstitute.org. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  12. "Eventbrite CEO On The Transformative Power of Human Connection And Why Self-Doubt Is A Waste Of Time". Forbes. March 4, 2018.
  13. "Eventbrite: Selling the 'live' experience". CNBC. 23 April 2015.
  14. "Eventbrite's Hartz hopes she's found the ticket for a lasting company". Fortune. July 8, 2014.
  15. "Why Empathy is Vital to Building Both a Lasting Business and a Great Company". thriveglobal.com. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  16. "Eventbrite's Julia Hartz on the Millennial Problem (Hint: It's Not a Problem)". Inc. September 25, 2014.
  17. "Julia Hartz: How Eventbrite Cracked The Corporate Culture Code". Forbes. February 27, 2015.
  18. "After a Decade in Business, This Founder Became CEO. Here is How She Tackles New Challenges With Conviction". Entrepreneur. July 21, 2017.
  19. "Masters of Scale — hosted by Reid Hoffman". WaitWhat. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  20. "Julia Hartz – Masters of Scale". WaitWhat. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
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