Sean Callanan chats with Shannan Gove about his sports career building a business helping solve the problem of managing staff paid & volunteer for major sports events.
On this podcast you'll learn about:
- Shannan Gove on starting up a business
- What are the problems that could run in major sporting events
- How Rosterfy started and what does it do
- What are the type of sports events that Rosterfy has worked on
- The key steps to their international expansion
- What are their plans for the next 12-18 months
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Rosterfy's main pitch
There are two reasons why we exist. One is to reduce administrative time and costs involved with managing workforce and secondly to increase retention and engagement of workforce.
Shannan Gove, Rosterfy
About Shannan Gove
Shannan Gove was a sports management student at Deakin University when he first saw the need for motivated staff into sporting events. As a sports student himself, Shannan knew the need to experience actual sports is beneficial and thus this is a good motivation to work better in sporting events. This prompted him and his cousin to start a business they eventually called the Event Workforce Group (EWG). EWG provided opportunity for sports students to get hired into sporting events so they do not need to worry about looking or getting short on staff.
As EWG eventually catered to bigger sporting events like the Superbowl, World Cup and Masters, they have developed a technology around workforce management solutions. Thus, Rosterfy started. Rosterfy now is one of the global leaders in workforce management technology.
Shannan is an expert in paid and volunteer workforce operations and has a great knowledge to empower and incentivise a sustainable workforce for sporting events.
Resources from the podcast
- Connect with Shannan Gove on Twitter @ShannanGove, Instagram and LinkedIn
- Learn more about Rosterfy on Twitter @_ewgroup, Instagram and LinkedIn
- Connect with David Grevemberg CEO at the Commonwealth Games Federation
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Highlights from podcast with Shannan Gove
4:03 Shannan Gove on getting started in sports business
4:46 The short story on how the Event Workforce started
5:59 How the staffing solutions in events was before
8:55 How Rosterfy started
11:56 What type of events that Rosterfy has really worked for
13:39 Rosterfy’s main pitch
15:20 What was their first big international sporting event
18:40 How they balance running a staffing solutions business (Event Workforce Group) and a software as a service business (Rosterfy)
21:26 The challenges in workforce space in major events like Super Bowl
23:47 The process of application at Rosterfy
25:09 What the Rosterfy team look like
26:15 How do the staff members and volunteers communicate
33:41 What were their key learnings on technology solutions
35:56 Rosterfy’s plans over the next 12 to 18 months
39:39 Sports Geek Closing Five
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Some tweets you may have missed:
Great to have our Rosterfy team on the ground at the BAA Boston Marathon over the weekend.
We are #alwayslearning so we take every opportunity available to us to get boots on the ground to live and feel these events and speak to clients and the workforce…https://t.co/aLrC2crIsg
— EventWorkforceGroup (@_ewgroup) April 15, 2019
Looking forward to the T20 World Cup
Great work by all of our friends working at the T20 World Cup in launching the fixtures for next years tournament. Another great event for Australia! https://t.co/zPUHrTvJEH
— EventWorkforceGroup (@_ewgroup) January 30, 2019
Well done giving back to the community
Well done to @atthirtyeight and the team at JustGiving / Blackbaud in the UK – eliminating fees for charities to raise money on their platform.
Great to see awesome companies doing good for the community! https://t.co/IoGSsaim0c
— EventWorkforceGroup (@_ewgroup) March 26, 2019
Interesting demographics around UK
Really interesting statistics around the age group demographics of volunteers within the sport and physical activity vertical in the UK.
I wonder if this is a fair representation globally? And how much would this differ within different verticals like c…https://t.co/TTEZgglvyf
— EventWorkforceGroup (@_ewgroup) April 7, 2019
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