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Vamos Launches New Android App as It Marks a Million Discovered Events

By David Knight |

Event discovery platform Vamos has marked a significant milestone by releasing a new Android app. The Berlin-based startup, which re-emerged in August with Version 3.0 and new investors, says that it has now seen a million events discovered, from food markets and pop-up shops to nightclubs and art exhibitions.

Having originally launched in 2012, the Vamos team – lead by co-founder and CEO Luis-Daniel Alegria – went dark for seven months earlier this year as they added features including profiles and recommendations and revamped the design.

Event promotions for concerts, fairs and​ live performances have increased by 1.4 percent in the last year at a time when the online ticketing industry is growing at about 4 percent annually, according to IBIS. With promoters struggling to keep up with market demand, a raft of event discovery platforms have emerged, usually in specific sectors: Fever offers curated listings in specific cities, Yplan sells last-minute tickets and Songkick offers concert recommendations.

Vamos, however, is attempting to position itself as THE event guide, making use of the five largest sources of events – Ticketmaster, Eventbrite, Eventim, StubHub and Facebook – to ensure users have a comprehensive guide regardless of where they are.

“We want to be the most diverse event discovery platform. A place where expats, travelers and locals can easily find inspiration for interesting things to do, whether it’s a Monday or Saturday,” Alegria said.

He added that, with the platform having 78 percent of the global smartphone market, launching a reworked Android app was a “no brainer”.

The four-strong Vamos team has worked with brands including Vice, Absolute, Converse and Audi, and has advisors from Soundcloud, Truecaller, Google and DeviantArt. SoundCloud CTO and co-founder Erik Wahl was among a group of investors who pumped in some new funding earlier this year, and he was joined by Daniel Bornstein, Los Angeles-based investor and VP of global advertising for deviantART, Atlant Fund board member Jan-Ake Classon and Karl Sandstedt of Google on the Vamos advisory board as part of the undisclosed six-figure round.