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Industry Music
Founded 2011
Founders Donnie Dinch, Julian Tescher, Patrick Tescher
Headquarters San Francisco, California, U.S.
Area served
United States
Key people
Donnie Dinch (CEO, Co-Founder)
Patrick Tescher (Co-Founder)
Julian Tescher (Co-Founder)
K. Tighe (Chief Communications Officer)
Lauren Kish (WOTS)
Emmanuel Pozo (MOTS)
Website getwillcall.com

WillCall is a San Francisco-based startup company offering a mobile app for iPhone and Android devices that allows users to gain admission to live concerts, tip artists, and purchase merchandise during a show.[1] It was named one of the Hottest Startups of 2013 by Forbes.[2] Since its inception, the company has become known for editorial curation, a UX driven product strategy, and social networking integration.[3][4] It has been called "an Uber for nightlife -- one that makes everything from attending shows to buying drinks and merchandise much easier," by TechCrunch.[5]


WillCall was founded by designer Donnie Dinch and developers Julian Tescher and Patrick Tescher in Seattle following a Startup Weekend. Dinch, the company's CEO, has stated that the idea for WillCall occurred to the trio as they were discussing plans for another app, listening to the radio station KEXP-FM. The Shout Out Louds played an in-studio set, and Dinch was surprised that he hadn't heard they were in town. This created a discussion on whether a lack of awareness about live concerts was an industry-wide problem that could be solved with mobile technology.[6] In 2011, WillCall received $50,000 in seed funding from Dave McClure's 500 Startups and relocated to San Francisco.[7] The app first launched in February 2012 for San Francisco users on Apple devices.[8] WillCall launched a way to RSVP to SXSW events in bulk in 2012, they have subsequently updated the app for SWSW 2013 and 2014.[9] WillCall 2.0, released in July 2013, included a native Android offering.[1]

As of August 2013, WillCall has raised more than $2.1 million in seed funding from high-profile music and tech investors including Sean Parker, Coran Capshaw, SV Angel, Oliver Jung, Garrett Camp, and Sam Shank.[10][11][12][13]


WillCall curates a list of shows happening in San Francisco and New York City and allows users to purchase admission with just a few taps without having to go to the box office to buy tickets.[14] Dinch has stated that his vision for WillCall is to create "a casual use case that facilitates people seeing a show as often as they go to a bar or a coffee shop."[6][15]


  1. ^ a b Sawers, Paul. "WillCall's last-minute ticket-buying app goes in-venue, letting you tip bands and buy merchandize", The Next Web, 8 July 2013.
  2. ^ The Hottest Startups Of 2013
  3. ^ Constine, Josh. "WillCall Raises $1.2M From SV Angel And Sean Parker For Concert, Merch, And Drink Mobile Payments", TechCrunch, 7 August 2013.
  4. ^ "WillCall CrunchBase profile", CrunchBase
  5. ^ Constine, Josh. "WillCall Adds Ticket Gifting to Grow Its 'Live Music Logistics Company'", TechCrunch", 15 October 2013.
  6. ^ a b Mainella, Dave. "Interview Donnie Dinch, Co-Founder & CEO of WillCall", SoundCtrl, 13 August 2013.
  7. ^ Tsotsis, Alexia. "The Seven Most Interesting Startups At The Second 500 Startups Demo Day", TechCrunch, 17 August 2011.
  8. ^ Ogg, Erica. "Last-minute ticketing app WillCall opens doors to the public", GigaOM, 02 Feb 2012.
  9. ^ Olanoff, Drew. "WillCall takes the hassle out of SXSW by letting you RSVP for 50 parties at once", The Next Web, 29 Feb 2012.
  10. ^ Sisario, Ben. "Concert App WillCall Gets a $1.2 Million Investment", The New York Times, 8 August 2013.
  11. ^ McKenzie, Hamish. "With Sean Parker as a new investor, WillCall's mission to help bands steps up", PandoDaily, 7 August 2013.
  12. ^ Peoples, Glenn. "WillCall Raises $1.2 Million From Sean Parker, Coran Capshaw, Others", Billboard, 8 August 2013.
  13. ^ Constine, Josh. "WillCall Sells You What You're Doing Tonight, Launches Web App, Raises $850K From SV Angel, 500 Startups", TechCrunch, 18 July 2012.
  14. ^ "WillCall about page", WillCall
  15. ^ Grant, Rebecca. "WillCall raises $1.2M to make live music a part of everyday life", VentureBeat, 7 August 2013.

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