Wednesday, May 18 2022

Many companies have had to adapt to survive during the pandemic, including Get It Gals, a quiz company based in Austin, Texas. Previously, it operated by exclusively hosting in-person events at bars and parties, but went live when the pandemic began.

“Marketplace” host Kai Ryssdal spoke to co-founder Jess Evans in February, as the company faced another hurdle due to the severe frost that cut power in the area. We came back with her to see how things are going now.

“Business has continually changed, and we made this big word from 2020 to 2021 that I feel like everyone talks about all the time: it’s the constant backbone,” Evans said.

As more people get their shots, Get It Gals has returned to some in-person events, mostly on outdoor terraces. Evans estimates that around 60% of business comes from in-person events, with the rest happening online.

Jess Evans, left, hosting a quiz event.

“2020 – miraculously – has been our biggest year yet,” Evans said, as the move online has expanded the Austin-area Get It Gals customer base to the world. They have organized quiz events for people in South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. She said Get It Gals is on track to continue growing in 2021 with some in-person events returning.

The growth of Get It Gals has allowed Evans to quit his side jobs and focus on the business full time.

“I never thought it could be a full-time job, especially because when we started it we were doing it for a bar bill and no money,” she said.


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