Eventbrite has acquired its first startups, the company announced on Tuesday morning, including London-based social event site Lanyrd and Eventioz, an Argentinian startup that sells online tickets across Latin America. Eventbrite didn’t release terms of the deals but said the acquisitions would help the company grow internationally, and will be fueled by the company’s $60 million fund raise in the Spring.
Lanyrd — which was founded in 2010 by husband and wife team Simon Willison and Natalie Downe — raised $1.4 million in seed funding from Index Ventures, and PROfounders, as well as angels Joi Ito, and Esther Dyson, and also went through the Y Combinator program. Following YC, Lanyrd returned to London and grew its business in the U.K., making Lanyrd one of the most recent examples of an exit from the London-born tech startup scene. (We’ll be holding our Structure:Europe conference in London later this month).
With the Eventbrite acquisition, Lanyrd will be moving to Eventbrite’s San Francisco headquarters. Lanyrd says Eventbrite will operate Lanyrd as a separate service and won’t shut it down (which can be common with acqui-hires).
Eventioz was created in 2008 in Mendoza, Argentina, and funded by $1.5 million from KaszeK Ventures. The company, founded and led by serial entrepreneur Pablo Aquistapace, operates a ticketing platform across Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Latin America’s e-commerce market is exploding, particularly in Brazil.
Eventbrite says over its lifetime it has processed $1.5 billion in ticket sales and processed 130 million tickets across 179 countries. The company was rumored to be aiming for an IPO before it raised its most recent funding round.