Kerem Baran, 31, works in New York City as CEO of Boomset. As a 2017 40 Under 40 honoree, Baran discusses his passion for the events industry.
What I do: As a startup founder there is no hat I haven’t worn, from software engineer and sales developer to marketing executive and customer success representative. I love to be hands-on with every department by stepping up to challenges with each team in place of stepping on toes. I encourage balance throughout the entire company, and I strive to maintain balance when it comes to support and taking action.
How I got here: We didn’t realize it was our lucky night when a friend and I were waiting in a long line at an event back in 2009. Who knew we would come up with a revolutionary startup idea out of boredom in that slow-moving queue?! After that night, two friends decided to quit their jobs and digitalize the then pen-and-paper (and somewhat static) events industry.
My greatest career accomplishment: I am proud that I run a multinational startup established in offices on three continents with 20 beating hearts who act, think, communicate and work like everyone is in the same office and time zone.
Impressive stats: I started our official sales operations in 2014, and we have doubled our revenue every year since. We bootstrapped Boomset with our own savings, raised our first friends and family seed round and became profitable with no additional investments. We have cut down the waiting time from three hours to 25 minutes for the biggest video conference in the United States, which attracts 30,000 people every year.