About Us

Where We Started

Tightrope Media Systems was founded in 1997 by Andrew Starks (22) and JJ Parker (19), using a $5,000 loan from Andrew’s mom, a stack of programming books and a laptop.

1997 - Tightrope Media Systems develops their first user-friendly signage and media retrieval systems for Wayzata Public Schools.

2001 - After a short-lived acquisition by Visual Circuits, the newly independent company partners with Tech Electronics, Inc.

2003 - Tightrope splits from TEI, focuses on digital signage and broadcast automation markets, and experiences continual revenue growth year-over-year while adding depth to their two product lines.

2007 - Tightrope starts engineering their third product, ZEPLAY, a high-powered instant replay server for sports, which is now used in several venues and production trucks for NBA, NHL, and college sports coverage.

2013 - The company undergoes the biggest structural change in its history, separating into two teams, one focused on signage, the other on broadcast.

Today - Tightrope has tackled many of the tough issues experienced by companies going through an adolescent growth phase. With its new structure and thriving culture, Tightrope is well positioned for future growth and success.


Tightrope continues to move forward with its core values of empowerment, collaboration, personal growth, transparency and shared success in mind. In our new endeavors, TRMS business decisions are framed by pragmatism, reductive design, precise execution, and humanization.


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