Co-founders Michael Nabarro and Matt Scarisbrick met at university, where Michael was studying computer science and Matt engineering. They soon realised that they were both spending more of their time on amateur drama than on their academic studies, with Michael working as a lighting designer and Matt in sound.
After graduation, Michael spent three years running the university theatre. In that role he experienced first-hand the challenge of finding good software for ticket sales and marketing, and the seeds of an idea were born. Perhaps naively, he and Matt assumed that theatres' needs wouldn't prove too complicated - but they made a more accurate guess when they decided that the future lay in cloud-based software, and decided to build their platform without the need for in-venue servers.
The first, basic version of the Spektrix system took two years to build, and the company was founded in 2007. Michael persuaded his former college, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, to become the first users - they sold their first tickets in 2008, and were followed in the same year by two more adventurous organisations - Cambridge Junction and Derby Theatre joined RADA as founder members of the Spektrix Community.