Denver, Colorado, US
Denver, Colorado, US
Founded 2+ startups
About Brett Gardner
Brett caught the entrepreneurial bug at a young age, starting his first company Aborn at the age of 16. Aborn was a landscaping company that Brett and his longtime friend Colten McCune had started to combat low wages being offered to teens and college students. Aborn quickly grew and by age 19 was acquired.
Since the sale of Aborn Brett has been busy starting new exciting ventures.
2014 - Present
Brett and Eduardo Guzman launched PMT Productions, a Houston-based musical theater production company. Our goal is to create destination events for the fringe performing arts community. In 2016 PMT acquired Juxtapose Dance Studio and continues to produce shows out of Houston's iconic M.A.T.C.H theater.
Brett Co-Founded Amworx, a reverse auction e-commerce platform for the new-car sales industry. Amworx launched a low-tech manual beta early 2016 which within one week had already signed on more than 900 of the 1200 new-car dealerships in the state of Texas (the second largest market in the US). Due to the lack of patentable technology Amworx was unable to secure funding necessary to build out the full platform. Without the technology to process user requests at such a mass scale, we were forced to close our doors.
Late 2017 Brett was approached by his now partners, Mounir Karoud and Feres M'hadhbi, with an application for a photo-based challenge platform (SparkleApp). Seeing the potential of a challenge-based platform the guys decided to scrap Sparkle to develop a completely new application which incorporated video challenges. Just like that, Rival.ly was born.
Rival.ly is the first social video sharing app that allows users to compete head-to-head through short/semi-short videos while leaving the victor up to the masses. Users can join in on daily challenges from your favorite influencers to earn profile upgrades and more.
Rival.ly app is now available on iOS here:
Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people wont so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t - Anonymous
University of Houston
N/A - Attended for B.B.A. but left to pursue my ventures
2008 - 2010
C.A.D.D. - Computer Aided Drafting and Design
2012 - 2014
San Antonio Early-Stage Startup Incubator
2016 - Today