Pittsburgh entrepreneur Levi Benson has the perfect Pittsburgh app for living in the moment.
Looking for a lucky last minute ticket to a Steelers game? Decide at the 11th hour that you can go to that big rock concert? Get The HookUp
is a mobile app that allows users to seal the deal in the final hours before the venue starts.
“I find it fascinating that people try to sell tickets by waving them in the air,” says Levi Benson, a native of Butler and graduate of Pitt. “There’s a marketplace for people who want to buy and sell tickets at the last minute.”
Say a storm is rolling in and you don’t feel like spending money to sit in the rain. Or you’re not feeling well. Selling a good seat for a fair price at the last minute is a tricky undertaking, especially after the window closes on a sale through StubHub or Craigslist (four to six hours before a venue starts).
Get The HookUp is free and works through GPS technology, allowing people to buy and sell tickets at their convenience from any location. When a buyer or seller creates a listing, a pin drops on a map giving users immediate access to tickets that are available or needed. Transactions are agreed upon by the parties through direct chats.
No more standing on street corners hoping to get lucky. “Scalpers won’t like it," Benson admits. “It offers more transparency. Buyers and sellers can see the (pricing) spread."
The app was created with the help of Pittsburgh-based C-Leveled in East Liberty. Once it achieves the critical mass it needs to be successful, Benson plans to add additional features. Friends can also use it to find one another, he adds.
If one thing's a given in life, it's that there will always be last-minute tickets, says Benson.
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Levi Benson, Get The HookUp