We had the good fortune of connecting with Jameson & Cristen DeSantis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jameson & Cristen, what do you attribute your success to?
Word of mouth. Easily. We never have formally advertised our services. Maybe it’s something we would have eventually explored, but we have had so many inquiries from participants of previous games wanting to set up their own that we never had to really market our services. Treat ya customer right!

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
QuaranBingo is a boutique virtual bingo business. That’s the long-road to saying Cristen and I love the hell out of hosting online bingo (and now in-person), and it’s one of the only silver linings to come from COVID. Having been inside for a couple weeks in March 2020, I had the idea to host a virtual bingo night with the friends we couldn’t see on this thing we just heard of: Zoom. We ended up hosting over 50 people in our first game: the first indication there was a need to fill.

I guess it was fun, because we did it again next week and even more people came. With the time now readily available, we took the weekly bingo night seriously: we incorporated jokes and trivia, created graphics packages, and developed theme nights to keep it fresh. Not only did our group grow through word of mouth, but we got an offer to host a birthday party. And then another. And then we had a website and a social media presence and a corporate rate card. Since QuaranBingo became a real company in June of 2020, we’ve been hired by the likes of Dreamworks, NBC, and Twitch, played with celebrities like Kiefer Sutherland and Marilu Henner, and hosted parties of 400+ people virtually of 4-5 games over several hours. All through word of mouth.

None of it has been super easy. We both have careers we work really hard at, and trying to balance those with this newly joint one has been a mess. Also with so many technical elements out of our control, and barely being able to manage the ones within our control, it’s had its ups and downs. We’ve learned that if you’re having fun, everyone’s having fun.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Dodger stadium, easily. We got to a Dodger game to start it off. Maybe two. Let’s move on to Button Mash, the arcade bar near Dodger’s stadium. We have some criminally underrated scuba diving and snorkeling in Rancho Palos Verdes and South Bay. Time for a brewery tour of the best beer in LA, hitting up Tortugo, Three Weavers and Golden Road. Seeing an up-and-coming lineup of comics at the Improv or Flappers is capital. If it’s summer, then we’re going to an Hollywood Forever Cemetery movie. LA has some sneakily great dive bars, so Cinema Bar, the Cozy, or Gaslite (for karaoke and probably Cuba Gooding Jr. is there too). Street hot dogs as well.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Desiree Pappenscheller and Ida Kay. Desiree was the first one to ask us to host a bingo party for her husband, which gave us some confidence we were doing something right. Ida was the first to spark the idea of true business legitimacy. She challenged us to bring our game to a corporate entertainment level, incorporating elements like lighting, webcam resolution and joke cataloging as standards. That forced us to refine our rougher points and get to a level of professionalism we were comfortable with.

Website: www.quaranbingo.com

Instagram: @quaranbingo

Twitter: @quaranbingo

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