At Workville we pride ourselves on our community and love being able to host our members for events at our midtown coworking space when available. Tonight, Thursday, April 20th, we’re excited to present StrtupBoost’s Sports Tech Panel featuring three startup pitch presentations, a moderated discussion, and networking over drinks. Tickets here.
Jason is the Founder and CEO of StrtupBoost, which is a startup community that hosts startup mixers, panels, investor nights, and expos in NYC. He is also the Founder and CEO of SportsWonks which is a sports social network. Jason holds a B.A. from Montclair State University.
NIK BONADDIO – FOUNDER & CEO, NUMBERFIRE
Nik has extensive experience in the startup industry, serving as the Creative Director for several funded and profitable companies, including Spongecell (Halo/IPG) and WorkMarket (USV/Spark Capital). Prior to the startup world, he was at Yahoo, where he was the lead designer for the OpenID/oAuth implementations, as well as the lead designer for all payment and checkout screens.
Vasu Kulkarni grew up in Bangalore, India, as the self proclaimed, biggest basketball fan in the world. Upon arriving in Philadelphia for college, Vasu joined the JV Basketball team at the University of Pennsylvania where he (barely) graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering and Entrepreneurship. Vasu is a basketball junkie, continuing to believe that he can be the first Indian to play in the NBA with his 7-days a week pick up routine. His moment of glory came when he sprained his ankle at Michael Jordan’s summer camp and got a bro-hug from the Legend himself. When he isn’t playing ball, he’s watching it – as CEO and Chief Intern of Krossover – a SaaS platform that saves coaches and athletes time by being an outsourced video coordination and analytics department. Krossover works with over 10,000 teams across the world to bring advanced analytics and video breakdown to every level of sports. Vasu is also the founding partner of Courtside Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm.
STEPHEN A. MURPHY – CO-FOUNDER & CEO, BOOM FANTASY
Stephen A. Murphy is the CEO of Boom Fantasy, one of the fastest growing new fantasy sports platforms. Boom has raised $3 million from top Silicon Valley investors, including Zynga founder Mark Pincus and the Stanford-StartX Fund. Prior to founding Boom, Steve served as the vice president of High 5 Games, the managing editor of Card Player Media, and the sports editor of two small-town newspapers. He has also advised MGM Resorts International on mobile gaming and fantasy sports.
SCOTT NOWERS – CO-FOUNDER & CEO, WAYPOINT MEDIA
Scott Nowers is the co-founder and CEO of Waypoint Media, an industry leading mar-tech platform for reporting and executing advertising content in eSports and live video. Our capabilities include chat, sponsorship and server-side video activations, all of which cannot be ad blocked. Scott is a lifelong entrepreneur, starting his first venture while attending Columbia University, a fashion company that was sold to Karmaloop for 1.5 MM USD. He moved into ad tech at AppNexus as a consultant for strategic accounts, helping Microsoft and Adobe build some of the world’s largest ad platforms. He founded Waypoint with three of AppNexus’ top data scientists, consultants and engineers, as well as his former pro-gaming partner and Schulich MBA graduate Auwal Odidi.