118: Look Beyond Your Own Personal Gain — Rob Ready with PianoFight

A flexible and open environment can create some amazing and beautiful performance art.


PianoFight was formed by Rob Ready and two co-founders in 2007. They were able to successfully raise $1.2 million in their fundraising campaign, 10% of which was crowdfunded through Kickstarter.  PianoFight is unique because they are able to incorporate choose-your-own-ending plays, fully-scripted plays, and impromptu that anyone can be apart of, not just actors. If you have an artistic talent, no matter your socioeconomic status, PianoFight happily welcomes you into their venue. Find out more about how PianoFight is deeply involved in the community and gives back on this week’s show.


Key Takeaways:

[3:15] Rob has been chasing Rob R for a while now to get on his podcast!

[5:35] PianoFight takes things to the next level when it comes to giving back.

[13:10] Rob R and his co-founders  started running these theatre shows in 2007 and he first got the keys to a studio space when he turned 23 years old. It was a lot of responsibility for a young kid.

[17:15] You don’t have to be a large company to give back!

[17:55] What is PianoFight exactly?

[22:35] What do Rob R’s employees think of the company and what impact does it have on them that the company gives back to the community?

[28:35] When it comes to expressing yourself and your art, people are able to connect on all sorts of levels. You just have to forget about the disparity in income first.

[29:40] Rob R and his two co-founders are white males. He understands that the opportunities he’s been given and the ability to start such a unique company are luxuries.

[36:10] There are now new, and legal, ways to set up your company that make it easier for you to bring a social cause into a profitable business.

[43:35] Rob can’t wait to see the plays that are being put on at PianoFight.

[46:15] Rob R always has interesting things happening at the venue because everybody has the creative freedom to create something beautiful and they’re not restricted to a certain day to create it.

[50:45] The Bay Area and Silicon Valley are big disruptors in both culture and tech.

[55:20] If you’re curious about Code Tenderloin, feel free to email the team!

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