About OccasionGenius

Find. Fun. Fast.

OccasionGenius is the smartest way to discover what's going on around town.

It takes 30 seconds to set up and a lifetime to experience fully.

You'll never be wondering "what's going on."


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Our Unique Technology

Comprehensive

OccasionGenius pulls in event information from national sites - including Eventbrite, TicketMaster, Ticketfly, Yelp Events, Meetup, Brown Paper Tickets, Etix, Sur La Table, and many more.

In addition, OccasionGenius finds and pulls in hundreds of regional aggregators and city calendar websites to be the most comprehensive source of events available.

Smart

We know what each event is like on a deep level.

We use proprietary (2 patents pending) ways to tag each event so we know exactly what to recommend.

Personalized

The more you use OccasionGenius, the more customized it becomes.

We sort out the events you don't care about and show you the ones you'll love.

Partner With Us

OccasionGenius partners with enterprises to offer valuable customer service add-ons.
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Invite guests to extend their stay, and connect guests to events while at the hotel within the hotel's app.

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Travel sites, airlines and OTA's can now connect guests with events happening on a trip - a valuable service.

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Connect students with individually targeted education-enriching and interesting events off-campus.

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Provide employees with a personalized, white-labeled email service and intranet integration.

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Send clients a co-branded personalized events email to stay top of mind.

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Show dates two people are both interested in using our smart interest genomes.

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Our History

OccasionGenius originally began as PartyRVA (RVA is for “Richmond, VA”) on January 1, 2015 as the go-to platform connecting people planning private events and the local businesses that host them.

Nate Marcus, the founder, was an iron chef team building instructor at a local cooking school, and he heard again and again from corporate team organizers that they needed better ideas for their next event.

In 2015, its first year, PartyRVA helped 77,000 locals find unique private event opportunities. Its innovative platform won 3 awards including Best Regional Startup 2015 in the i.e.* Competition, Best New Startup in the START!Peninsula 4.0, and Best Pitch in Capital One Labs. PartyRVA was selected by Lighthouse Labs RVA Accelerator to become ready for national growth.

In 2016, the platform was accelerated by the DC I-Corps Regional Training Program and included in Virginia’s promising Startup Spotlight Alley by RVA Venture Forum. The rebrand launched in September 2016 as OccasionGenius, a platform that sprawled events, parties and dates - with features that make its users feel like a genius while planning.

In 2017 OccasionGenius recognized that the highest engagement from users were those looking for "date night" ideas each weekend. Engaged users said they most enjoyed using the platform to discover events. User discovery showed that users yearned for a resource that was both comprehensive and personalized. "I wish I could sign in to get event recommendations -- like Amazon or Netflix," our team heard again and again. OccasionGenius pivoted to embrace its new path as a event discovery technology company, and created interest genomes, algorithms and tagging formulas to be the best and smartest way to connect people to events.

Meet the Team

Nate Marcus
Founder
Brian Harris
Technology
John Harris
Technology
P. Bradley Robb
Head of Product
Sasha Dickey
Technology
Elijah Wilkes
Technology
Kyle Kaczmar
Art Direction
Beau Troxclair
Technology
Abigail Wood
Technology
Jacob Patterson
Onboarding
Arnold Kim
Strategy
Ernie Connon
Strategy

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