About Us

“How can we catch up by going slower?”

We hear this all the time from frustrated marketing professionals and executives. Equally frustrated board members do everything they can to improve the tools their administrators use, but it is rare to see an office with enough resources to compare with peer for profit groups. Shrinking budgets and cutbacks in staff following the economic downturn haven’t made the job any easier, but the demands have never been higher.

The Venture Platform is designed to solve those problems and more.

Our Team

No middle men here, we’re all about personal connections. One of the best benefits of becoming a Venture user is access to all of our key members.
Drew McManus

Drew McManus, Principal

Drew McManus may be Venture’s Principal but don’t let that title fool you into thinking he’s just a tech geek. He brings 20 years of global broad-based arts consulting experience to the table and helps clients break the cycle of choosing one-size-fits-none solutions and instead, deliver an option that allows them get ahead of the tech curve instead of trying to catch up by going slower.

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Aaron Overton

Aaron Overton, Lead Technical Developer

Aaron Overton is responsible for Venture’s system design and programming architecture, including internal platform development, updates, and all custom programming.

On larger projects, he leads and mentors an expanded team of programmers.

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Experience

Building your website is only the beginning, here are the key areas that separate Venture from other providers.

Our users need the best tools and a provider that will have their backs.

That’s why they choose us.

Advocacy & Altruism

doing our part to make the field a better place

Open Source

We contribute to the open source software community in order to improve and maintain this vital resource for all arts orgs and artists.

Local

No outsourcing here; we utilize North American based programmers, designers, and hosting provider resources.

Mentoring

Venture’s founder contributes time as a mentor to Chicago area arts organizations via Pentacle’s Help Desk® program (which supports the professional infrastructure of dance companies and independent choreographers; and works with participants to develop a strong sense of community and empowerment) and is a regular participant at performing arts service organization conferences as a speaker on technology based topics and provide mentoring and professional counsel free of charge.

Pro Bono

Each fiscal year, Venture contributes no less than 40 hours of pro bono work to users, additional arts orgs, and service organizations. It’s our responsibility to give back to the local community and the national arts field and we’re proud to accommodate more and more requests each year.

ArtsHacker.com

Dedicated to providing practical tips, tricks, and pointers for getting things done as an arts manager, ArtsHacker is the result of good old fashioned necessity by providing high quality nuts-and-bolts oriented content from a broad cross section of volunteer contributors; each with unique skills, experience, and areas of expertise. Venture’s founder serves as volunteer editor-in-chief alongside the expert contributors.

Arts Admin Jobs

Develop by Venture’s founder and managed by Venture resources, it is the most advanced arts admin jobs listing service available; but unlike competitors, it is completely free for employers and candidates. Its motto is “Unlimited access and free to post, free to browse, and free to apply. No tricks, no fine print, no nonsense.” – ArtsAdminJobs.com

A Responsible Business Model

Sensitive to the needs of nonprofits and artists., Venture is designed as an uncompromising solution to promote everything an arts organization needs to design, launch, and manage their website, events management, email marketing, and metrics at a level exceeding results from traditional bespoke solutions that cost tens of thousands of dollars on up.

We reject predatory practices that gouge users in favor of a business model that embraces sustainability over blind profit margins.

A responsible, sustainable business model is at the heart of our organization. Venture combines the best features of open source content management platforms and purpose built applications to deliver a sophisticated next generation technology. All of this conspires to give Venture the capacity to have the same impact on arts organizations that Henry Ford’s Model T had on the auto industry.
To that end, Venture’s sustainability only improves as additional users are added. Our business plan is designed around an economy of scale model that rejects the old out of sight, out of mind working relationship approach between developers and clients. Since Venture functions as a cloud based platform, it doesn’t matter if we have 1 or 100 users, ongoing maintenance and support demands increase at a fraction of the rate as capacity. And since the profit margins remain consistent, that means we’re able to redirect additional profit into keeping costs as null as possible while continuously improving and upgrading features and functionality.
All of this means that Venture users get to have their cake and eat it too (without paying an arm and leg for it). And that’s the way it should be; there’s no reason you should accept anything less.
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