We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Darton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan, what is the most important factor behind your success?
When I launched Time Machine I focused heavily on two things; attention to detail and community involvement. Because photo booths are a dime a dozen in Los Angeles, I knew that I had to create something unique, fun, and easy for the client and their guests to use. I chose to build a new photo booth system from the ground up so that I could have complete control over the appearance of our equipment and the software behind it. Having custom-built the software and hardware has allowed us to offer new photo booth experiences and customizations for our clients based on their needs. I consider Time Machine a photo + video EXPERIENCE company -not a photo booth company- because Time Machine creates experiences for our clients, not just branded photos. Since its launch in 2015, Time Machine has sponsored many education and non-profit events. It feels great to give back to the community and help these important organizations raise awareness for their causes. Running a business wouldn’t be as fun if it didn’t serve as a launchpad to give back to the community in some way! I believe these two factors will help any business communicate the level of pride and quality that they take in their work, which results in buyer’s confidence and strong word-of-mouth. In short, take pride in your work and give back to the community and things will work out!
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?
In 2014 I got the desire to bring something new to the event industry. Slow motion cameras at events were trending but no one had figured out how to create an automated user experience as a photo booth provides. Slow motion videos were being taken to the editing room and delivered weeks after the event. I began working with a software developer to create Time Machine, the world’s first automated slow motion photo booth! Time Machine was the first company to deliver a service where a guest could film a slow motion video clip and immediately post it to social media with the client’s logo, music, and filter already edited to the video! Because we built this software from the ground up, we’ve been able to modify it and adding features over the years. Since our first event in 2015, we’ve evolved from being a slow motion photo booth company to being a photo + video experience company. We offer an assortment of fun experiences for event guests and take pride in custom tailoring the user experience to our client’s needs.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Must-dos: Rock Climb at Point Dume Hike to and tour Griffith Observatory Visit Huntington Gardens Visit Venice Beach to ride bikes up and down the bike path and go boogie boarding Visit Museum Row in Miracle Mile To Eat (the best part!): Salazar Cafe Gratitude Din Tai Fung Tender Greens Zankou Chicken Antico JINYA To Drink: Glendale Tap Melrose Umbrella Co.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Goldman Sachs has an amazing program for growing businesses called “10,000 Small Businesses”. It’s an intense course paid for by Goldman Sachs where you essentially cram an MBA into 3 months. Not only was the information that I receive enabling and powerful, but the relationships that I formed with other business owners in the course has been invaluable. I’m extremely grateful that I was accepted into this program and encourage all business owners to apply.