We are living through the transformation of experiences. The traveler’s needs have changed with the changes around us. How they spend their time, and the moments that come from them are even more in focus. Today, the experience is the product.
For consumers, planning destination-based travel is involved and challenging. However, event-specific travel shouldn’t be. Fuse Technologies is here to address just that. By enabling businesses to package their event tickets along with lodging, to meals and drinks, pre and post gatherings, all the way to moments of relaxation or exhilaration, our clients are turning their events into what travelers are looking for - something more.
Founded in 2020, Fuse Technologies was created as a Experiences Platform, we empower event organizers around the world to build multi-day curatable experiences by bundling diverse package inclusions with their events. Enhancing the customer experience enables you to profit on every transaction, generate more sales, and minimize operations and risk.
Inspiration born from Experience
We believe that our experiences shape who we are. Our mission is to empower event organizers globally to create the best experience for their attendees and fans.
Fuse Technologies empowers the experience economy, building travel based packages in an evolving world where the experience is the product.
Andrew Citores is the CEO and Co-founder of Fuse Technologies, an embedded fintech solution that empowers creators and organizers to sell their tickets, hotel, and multi-day curated experience in a single transaction. The company raised $16M in seed capital led by QED, Launchpad, and Dream Ventures reaching a $120M valuation in less than a year from launching its product.
As an accomplished entrepreneur, Andrew has led technology travel and payments startups to hundreds of millions in sales over the last 10 years as both a founder and executive.
Andrew started his career by co-founding JusCollege, a group travel and payments company focused on serving the $20B collegiate leisure travel market.
JusCollege used word-of-mouth marketing to expand to 75 travel markets throughout North America serving over 500,000 students in 6 years. The company's 15,000 campus representatives earned rewards by selling trips, music festival tickets, and other experiences to their friends. The company did $60M in bookings in 6 years without taking in any investment capital.
Along with his years of leadership experience and impact across the travel and entertainment industries, Andrew has a deep perspective and understanding of where technology and these industries intersect. Andrew has a proven track record of negotiating a number of high impact partnerships and deals with hotels, airlines, nightlife groups, restaurants, and tour operators in markets, globally. Most importantly, he is excited to be at the center of the change happening with destination based travel and the events industry.
With more than 35 years of experience across Hospitality and Entertainment industries, he has a track record for innovation and content creation in the venue stadium, festival & arena space, Daren Libonati is co-founder of Fuse Technologies. Daren is an industry visionary with deep experiences as a successful producer, promoter, and operator of events in the largest arenas, stadiums, festival sites in Nevada— breaking multiple records for touring, gross, and ticket sales. As the VP of Entertainment with MGM Resorts International, he spearheaded the building of two major outdoor festival spaces. Integral in the creation of multiple entertainment venues in Nevada, including the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Star of the Desert Arena, and Cox Pavilion. He was also instrumental in driving and developing the global sports and music business to the Las Vegas marketplace. Today, he leads all strategic direction of sales and business development for the Sports and Entertainment categories of the business
Entrepreneurial executive leader and creative strategist with 20 years of experience leading globally-recognized hospitality, entertainment, and technology brands. Served as TAO Group’s Vice President of Marketing and played an integral role in the company’s $100 million partnership with Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and its $30 million expansion of TAO Chicago. Prior to joining TAO, Smith held Vp of Marketing positions for Hakkasan Group, Sbe Entertainment, Drai’s Management, and was responsible for growing and expanding their nightlife and restaurant brands in Las Vegas and across the globe.
Derrick Ongchin is the Chief Product Officer of Fuse Technologies where he oversees Fuse's product development and strategy, design and data science.Previously, Derrick was a Senior Product Director at Afterpay (acquired by Block/Square), leading product efforts from its US launch to international expansion, as well as machine learning and credit products. Prior to that, he was an early product lead at Uber, pioneering solutions for the on-demand, sharing economy in the areas of payments risk, identity and privacy and enabling its growth from a handful to 80+ countries.Derrick holds an MBA and M.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell University.
Nick Libonati is the Head of Revenue for Fuse Technologies, where he oversees Fuse’s client development and sales functions. Nick started his career managing multi-million-dollar budgets as the finance manager in charge of festivals and new entertainment ventures. Helping bring some of the largest acts to the Las Vegas Strip, and opening three major entertainment venues; the Las Vegas Village, Festival Grounds, and T-Mobile Arena. NIck also Served as the Director of Entertainment at New York-New York Hotel and Casino, and the Director of Corporate Ticketing for MGM Resorts International.He holds a B.S in Business Management and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Debbie has over 20 years of diverse experience driving excellence in all facets of the business operation.Her success comes from the belief that when processes are developed and executed at a high level, you have a culture designed to achieve excellence in the business operation, which equals employee and customer satisfaction and an increase in revenue streams.Her standard of excellence has been shown while working with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, the NFL and NBA leagues as well as being one of the first consultants working with United Airlines to assist in launching and training their new customer and operational focused initiative CORE4 (Safe, Caring, Dependable, Efficient).
Chao Zhang is the Chief Technology Officer of Fuse Technologies. He leads all aspects of the business’ technology development and strategy. Previously, Chao was a Director of Engineering at Afterpay (acquired by Block/Square), where he led the Product Engineering for risk management, payment recovery, machine learning, feature engineering, search for all global markets. He was responsible for building and growing engineering teams in San Francisco, Melbourne, Sydney and Shanghai. Prior to that, he was an Engineering Lead at Uber, working on a variable of growth and risk related products to enable business expansion. Chao received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University.
Randy Creighton is the General Counsel of Fuse Technologies, where he oversees Fuse’s legal, compliance and HR functions. Prior to joining Fuse, Randy served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Kerberos Capital Management, a registered investment advisor with over $1B AUM. Before Kerberos, he served as senior counsel for Allstate Investments, LLC and Allstate Investment Management Company, which combined have approximately $90B AUM -- in total, advised in over $3B in transactions. Before his role at Allstate, he served as General Counsel for two successful start-ups, which included a 7-figure exit. Randy received his law degree from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, and his undergraduate degree from Pepperdine University.
Andy Chang is Fuse’s Head of Marketing - building, leading and scaling the organization’s efforts across Brand and Corporate Marketing, Product Marketing, Digital Marketing, and PR. His focus and passions are within building and innovating for businesses looking to scale with technology.Andy joins Fuse with over 15+ years of both strategic and hands-on marketing experiences in both B2B and B2C sectors that include eBay, Yahoo, and Atlassian. Most recently he joins us from Samsung NEXT where he built, led and scaled the marketing organization that provided oversight across half a dozen early stage startups in both US and International. He holds a B.A. in Information Systems from Indiana University
Trupti is the Head of Data Science & Payments at Fuse. She brings 12+ years of rich FinTech & Data Science experience to the Fuse leadership team.Previously, Trupti was Head of Omnichannel Card / Merchant Product Data Science at Square & CashApp (Afterpay acquired by Block Inc.) where she helped launch Afterpay card for InStore purchases globally, integrated BNPL with all Square Sellers & also integrated CashApp pay-in-full with Afterpay merchants. Prior to that she was the first hire on the Risk team at Uber Eats where she pioneered solutions like building an NLP model to detect & tag alcohol in orders & deployed creative solutions at payout( a.k.a disbursement) to reduce fraud on Uber Eats & Uber globally.Trupti has a graduate degree in Information Systems Management from Carnegie Mellon University & an undergrad degree in Computer Science.
Cierra Clark is responsible for overseeing efforts around Fuse’s Supply and Program development across hotels, venues, and inclusions. She currently leads a team of sourcing specialists focused across all strategic verticals and categories of the business.With many years of high impact within large travel and entertainment companies, she has helped build and scale the travel supply pipelines to >200M+ in travel packages across 50+ different travel markets both domestic and international.Graduating from University of Nevada Las Vegas, she joins Fuse Technologies as the former Director of Supply for Getaway Club, a tech travel company focused on the $30B High School and Collegiate parent travel market.
MacKenzie Whelan comes to Fuse with extensive experience running both Program Development and Supply Development for major travel companies such as JusCollege & Pollen.Over the past 7 years Mackenzie has helped build out supplier relationships in over 100+ destinations. She has managed hundreds of millions of dollars in supplier contracts, and and has managed a team that has booked over $200M+ in travel packages that include destinations such as Las Vegas, New Orleans, Nashville, Chicago, Miami, and more.MacKenzie graduated from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas with a degree in Hospitality Management.
For over a decade, Zach Samson has been a renowned leader in the student entertainment and travel industry. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s top experts in collegiate travel. He grew his previous collegiate travel business to over $60 million in 3 years as VP of Sales and played an integral role in the $25 million acquisition. Samson is a veteran event producer, previously at SFX, co-producing multiple arena tours for over 100 live events in 30 states with over 500,000 attendees.
Jessica is the Head of Design at Fuse. She is a seasoned design leader with 10+ years launching experiences that deliver business results. Prior to Fuse, she led design at Jyve, a platform connecting gig workers with retail work, where she increased mobile app onboarding by 30%, improved the consumer app experience, and designed a new B2B app. She has also led design for the purchase funnel at StubHub, successfully increasing conversion and GMS.Jessica has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Virginia.
Ryan has over 12 years of experience in graphic art and design. Prior to joining Fuse, he was a senior designer for Hakkasan Group working with major hotels and festivals in the Las Vegas entertainment industry. His strong beliefs are Hard Work, Dedication, and Communication.
William holds both Computer Science, and Business degrees, and has built a career in being able to combine skills across sales, customer success, and software engineering. William has spent over a decade in various leadership roles in the fintech and hospitality industries in Australia and the US. Most recently leading Afterpay’s Global Enterprise Merchant services team, working with some of the largest retailers in the world to successfully partner with Afterpay.
Before joining Fuse, Ryan was the Head of Product for Health iPASS (Acquired by payments platform Sphere Commerce in 2020) where he led product development, data analytics, design, and Customer Success.Previously, Ryan spent 10 years as founder and managing partner of a boutique Silicon Valley consulting firm focused on Product and Business strategy for early-stage, venture-backed companies.Ryan holds an MS from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree from Carleton College.
Jeremy is the product lead for Traveler Experience at Fuse. He has previously built and led global Product, Risk & Identity, and Professional Services teams at various startups to enterprise organizations including Uber and Eightfold.ai. He brings 10+ years of product and program management experiences in the B2C and B2B space across Consumer, HR-tech, and Supply Chain sectors. His past deliverables include Unified Signup / Login for all Uber apps, Identify authentication and verification for US, EU, Brazil Uber products, App Marketplace and 3P developer platform at Eightfold.ai. Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.
David brings 10+ years of Silicon Valley technology and operations experience to the Fuse team. He has previously led global product, analytics, risk, and strategy and operations teams at both Snowflake and Uber. His past work covers a wide range of consumer and enterprise software features including cloud data replication, marketplace listing creation, two-factor authentication, and mobile app tampering prevention, among others. David holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a BS in Policy Analysis & Management from Cornell University.
Alex Clatterbuck is a Principal Product Manager at Fuse Technologies, overseeing Client Enablement and Expansion. Alex joins Fuse with 10+ years experience across product, operations, and finance.Alex started his career in investment banking, then joined Uber as a sub-500 employee, where he scaled driver onboarding globally. Prior to Fuse, Alex served as an operations and technology executive at Connected Cannabis, one of the largest and leading cannabis MSOs in the US, overseeing all facets of growth, profitability, and expansion.
Yijun Wang joins Fuse Technology with an extensive background in leading efforts around developing large scale systems.
Before joining Fuse, Yijun led the Intelligent Resolution Team for Afterpay, responsible for solving disputes and chargebacks. Prior to Afterpay, he worked as a tech lead for the Meta in-stream Ads Team.
Shiyao Ma comes to Fuse with an extensive background working across fintech, web3, and academia.
Before joining Fuse, Shiyao was an Sr. engineering manager leading the payment recovery team at Afterpay (acquired by Block/Square) focusing on their repayments and collections efforts. Prior to that, He was also the founding member and head of R&D of a blockchain startup which initially ranked around 200th on CoinmarketCap.
Shiyao received his Ph.D in Computer Science from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His research focused on task scheduling for big data applications and the emerging blockchain technology.
Kamil is an experienced engineering professional with over 18 years of expertise in developing high-demand web applications and experience as a systems designer. Prior to joining Fuse, Kamil worked as an engineering manager for a major Central European media group and ran his own business. He has a diverse background in various fields, such as VOD platforms, SmartTVs, and social networks, and specializes in creating high-performance, scalable, and demanding systems. At Fuse, Kamil focuses on delivering comprehensive, proven solutions and is responsible for the overall design of these solutions.