Say hello to Marian, one of our Senior Financial Analysts in our San Francisco office! Read up on one of our “britest” Britelings below and find out why her favorite place in the Briteland is the beach!
How long have you been a Briteling?
I have been a Briteling for 10 months now. The old adage definitely rings true for me: Time definitely flies when you are having fun! I’m so settled in it feels like I’ve been here for years, and yet I’m always learning something new or meeting new people in the Briteland!
What were you doing before Eventbrite, and what inspired you to join the team?
I started my career at Goldman Sachs in New York and spent 5 years there before moving to the Bay Area to work at Apple for 2 years, doing consolidated financial reporting for Apple stores globally. I was inspired to join the team because after working at two super large companies, I wanted a chance to make a direct impact in a smaller environment and Eventbrite was a perfect fit. In addition, when I thought of Eventbrite the one word I would always use to describe the brand was “fun!” and so I was excited to join a company where the mantra “work hard, play hard” would likely be real. I have not been disappointed!
Give us the tl;dr on your role
I work in the Partnerships FP&A team at Eventbrite. I’m the Finance Business Partner for multiple teams at Eventbrite — Platform, Briteling Experience (aka People/HR), IT, Legal and Corporate Communications. This means that for all of these teams, I act as their “mini CFO” to help inform their financial decisions and work with our Corporate Finance team to translate those decisions into standard financial reporting. A typical day for me involves everything from partnering with our BX teams to execute headcount plans to helping our Facilities team decide whether a Nintendo Switch or a racing car game in the cafeteria will give the company the best bang for our buck!
If you could switch roles for a week with anyone at the company, who would you choose?
Definitely our CFO, Randy Befumo. I’ve always been proud of my ability to make decisions quickly, and I actively disapprove of vacillation in all aspects of my life. It would be a fun experiment to see if I’d have the same opinions after having to make tons of high-stakes decisions with long-lasting ramifications, similar to what Randy does on a daily basis.
What was 10 year old you like?
Some things haven’t changed — I still always have my head buried in a book. (I’m currently reading Housegirl by British-Ghanaian author Michael Donkor) I still love to sing even though I can’t hold a tune. And I still have opinions about everything under the sun. But 10-year-old Marian was also a lot less social, super studious and very quiet (which no one believes now!) Overall, I was kind of nerdy and stuck to a small group of friends.
What about Eventbrite inspires you?
It sounds super cheesy but at its core, the mission of the company inspires me. We live in a society where, as a result of technology and social media, people are more connected and yet more lonely and isolated than ever. To quote a recent New York Times op-ed, “According to a recent large-scale survey from the health care provider Cigna, most Americans suffer from strong feelings of loneliness and a lack of significance in their relationships. Nearly half say they sometimes or always feel alone or “left out.” Thirteen percent of Americans say that zero people know them well.” As such, the idea that everything that I do on a daily basis ultimately helps make it easier to bring people together through live experiences, and likely reduce loneliness, is extremely inspiring.
What gets you most excited about the company’s future?
The limitless opportunities of the company to grow and expand. Where there’s the possibility of human connection, there should be Eventbrite! There are so many markets and event categories that remains untapped for Eventbrite and I’m confident in the company’s ability to execute. As a Ghanaian, I selfishly can’t wait until Eventbrite is at the forefront of all ticketing for events and concerts in the country, and across the African continent. The company is currently organically making inroads in a number of African countries, which is super exciting. And when Eventbrite needs someone to set up and run its Africa and Middle East satellite offices, I’ll be happy to go back to Ghana and lead them.
What’s your favorite part of your Briteland?
The beach. No, not an actual beach, though I’d take that any day! The San Francisco Briteland currently has four different “sections”, each of which has a unique color. There are two reclining chaise lounge chairs in the Purple Corner that we’ve nicknamed the “beach”, and I’m addicted to the space. I spend a lot of time in those chairs, often with music in my ears, my MacBook on my lap and a La Croix on the table next to me. When it comes to creating an environment that drives productivity but also fosters social interaction as needed, it doesn’t get any better than that!
What advice do you have for future Britelings?
Do not be afraid to apply through our standard channels. I’m living proof that your resume will not go into a black hole: I got hired at Eventbrite (and every other place I’ve worked at) simply by applying online!
Once you become a Briteling, join or create a Briteling Belonging Group as a chance to network and also to find your community — So far I’ve helped launch Black & Brite (for black employees and allies), I play soccer with Briteling FC, I plan to be active with Pridelings (for LBGTQ employees & allies), and I’m about to launch a Briteling Book Club! Every day can be a fun live experience if you actively shape what it looks like for you. This applies not just to Eventbrite, but to life in general.