StageWing is a DJ rental marketplace founded by a group of professional DJs to help fellow artists find all types of audio-visual equipment and music gear for their next gig. It currently serves 7 states across the USA.
I’m Sed Joseph. I live in Georgia and I've been a professional DJ for the past 15 years.
I started Stagewing to fill a personal business need. I was booked to DJ a wedding out of town. I made a decision to fly with my DJ controller but was forced to check it instead of carrying it on the plane. When I arrived at my hotel, I noticed my luggage had been opened and inspected by the TSA which somehow resulted in a damaged power cord. Immediately, panic began to set in- I had only a few hours until rehearsal. Unfortunately, I didn not have a network of local DJs to call upon to bail me out, and the power cord was not easy to find at nearby popular electronics stores.
I’d considered a few software before exploring Yo!Rent. But none quite offered me a complete package as Yo!Rent did. All the features and functionality were available right out of the box.
The marketplace is based on the peer to peer model. All registration requests are verified by our own team. All members register as renters. They can then opt for subscriptions to start offering equipment on the platform.
The launch of StageWing marketplace has helped us learn a lot about our business and customers’ expectations. From here, we can look to scale our business by covering more US states and eventually reach a global audience of Pro DJs.
Supporting each other with rental equipment & set up services
With future goal to scale in US & then go global
Sustained Launch Without Blowing up the Budget
The process, right from the beginning, was pretty smooth and easy. I was happy to find a solution that I’d been searching for; chiefly, a multi-vendor solution, where members could add multiple items from different vendors in a single cart.
The way Yo!Rent team used to communicate was very helpful and it enabled me to always stay on top of project progress. I appreciate having 1 complete year of technical support post deployment, so I can reach back in case of any questions and issues. To supplement the support, I was provided with user manuals, which are also quite helpful.
It was an effortless process. I knew exactly what to expect, working with FATbit. This is the most satisfying thing as a founder.
Our team caught up with Sed Joseph to discuss her business concept and what circumstances led her to pursue it. We also discuss her business plans in the next 5 years. It’s one amazing journey that is sure to inspire many more entrepreneurs into action.