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New York Office

Joey Levy
Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Joey was the Founder and CEO of Draftpot, a daily fantasy sports platform that reached 15k active paying users and was acquired in 2017. Joey is a Thiel Fellow and previously studied at Columbia University.

Scott Marshall
Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Scott was the Co-Founder & COO of ActionX, which was acquired by WPP in 2015. Prior to that, he was the COO & CFO of Thumbplay, which was acquired by Clear Channel in 2011 and is now iHeartRadio. Prior to that, he was the CFO of CSTV Networks, which was acquired by CBS in 2006 and is now CBS Sports Network. Prior to that, he was the CFO of Classic Sports Network, which was acquired by ESPN in 1997 and is now ESPN Classic.

Chris Bevilacqua
Co-Founder & Chairman

Chris is the Co-Founder of Bevilacqua Helfant Ventures and is a sports, media, and tech investor with investments in companies such as StubHub, ActionX, Viagogo, Lyft, Airbnb, SpaceX, Unscriptd, and ThePostGame. He was previously the Chairman & CEO of CAA Sports Media Ventures, a joint venture between CAA and Evolution Media Capital. Prior to that, he was the Founder of CSTV, which was acquired by CBS in 2006 and is now CBS Sports Network.

Stephen Master
Chief Revenue Officer

Stephen spent the last 10 years as the Global Head of Sports for Nielsen, and he is currently on the board of the American Gaming Association, leading their Sports Betting Task Force. Prior to Nielsen, Stephen was VP of Business Development for the NFL. Prior to that, he was VP of Marketing Solutions at Octagon, and prior to that, was VP of International Business Development at the NBA. In addition to his work with SimpleBet and the American Gaming Association, Stephen is a professor of Sports Marketing at NYU Stern.

Mark Nerenberg
Chief Product Officer

Mark was the VP of Game Operations & Development at DraftKings, where he oversaw game operations, game design, and development of new games. Prior to that, he was the Co-Founder & CPO of DraftStreet, an industry leading daily fantasy sports platform backed by IAC and acquired by DraftKings in 2014.

Francesco Borgosano
Chief Analytics Officer

Francesco was the Chief Analytics Officer at Kambi, a leading sports betting B2B solutions provider and the company currently powering brands such as Unibet, 888, and DraftKings. Prior to joining Kambi, Francesco was Head of Sportsbook Solutions at Stars Group, one of the world's largest online gambling companies that owns the brands SkyBet, BetStars, and PokerStars. Prior to Stars Group, Francesco was a leading Quantitative Analyst at Ladbrokes. He holds a PhD in Physics from Heidelberg University.

Robert Simmons
Chief Technology Officer

Robert was Principal Software Architect at Stars Group, one of the world's largest online gambling companies. Prior to that, he was Chief Architect at Victiv, the third largest daily fantasy sports platform before it was acquired by Stars Group in 2015. Prior to that, he was Lead Java Architect at Electronic Arts. He is the author of Hardcore Java (published by O'Reilly in 2004) and Maintainable Java (published in 2012). He has 26 years of professional programming experience and holds an M.S. with Distinction in IT from the University of Liverpool.

Leo Gaspar
VP, Sportsbook Product & Revenue

Leo has 18 years of experience in the sports betting industry working for major brands worldwide. He spent 13 years on various senior roles at Ladbrokes, a UK powerhouse, and has vast experience in product development within Sportsbook, Trading and Risk. Leo brings in lots of international experience with a high level of territorial and cultural awareness, he led and managed remote and office-based multidisciplinary teams across the world.

Matt Lane
VP, Product Management

Matt began his career as a founding member of a technology startup. As a co-founder of a mixed reality company, Matt worked with industry leaders on best practices for the advancement of media content delivery platforms. Matt launched new products and co-developed proprietary hardware and software in order to provide better production methodologies for artists, producers, and entertainment companies around the world. Matt has professionally spent over ten years as a product architect defining the right business problems, delivering value by minimizing outputs and maximizing outcomes to ship successful products, and leading organizations.

Lyubomir Sirakov
Sportsbook Operations Manager

Lyubomir has taken senior roles in various locations around Europe for some of the most recognized brands in the industry, such as Playtech, Amelco, PokerStars, BetVictor, Bwin, PartyBets and GameBookers which have provided him with very extensive knowledge in Trading, Risk and Product Development.

Steven Hornung
Lead Developer

Steven was the Lead Developer of FantasyHub, a daily fantasy sports platform that raised $1.1M and had 20k users. He has a degree in Computer Science from the University of Kentucky.

Varun Sriram
Head of Data Science & Risk Management

Varun is the Founder & CEO of TennisML, a sports betting services product with proprietary machine learning algorithms, automated computer systems, and database systems. He was a Product Manager at Microsoft, and prior to that, was a Technology Associate at Bridgewater Associates. He studied at Harvard University where he graduated with an A.B. in Applied Mathematics and S.M. in Computer Science.

Mark Broadie
Principal Data Scientist

Mark is a tenured professor at Columbia Business School, where his recent courses include Sports Analytics, Business Analytics, and The Business of Sports. From 2012 – 2016, Mark was Vice Dean of Columbia Business School. His research interests include the pricing of derivative securities, risk management, and quantitative methods for decision making under uncertainty. He has been called the “Godfather of Golf Analytics” by the PGA Tour and is known as a leading sports analytics expert.

Stratos Idreos
Principal Software Architect

Stratos is a professor of Computer Science at Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where he leads the university's Data Systems Laboratory. He works in the area of data management with an emphasis on designing systems for big data exploration.

Dave Lucia
Platform Software Architect

Dave was a founding team member of The Outline, where he architected its Content Management System and advertising platform. Before that, Dave was a Senior Developer at Bloomberg.com and Tradebook Futures. Dave has a BS in Computer Science from Binghamton University.

Manuel Pineyro
Full Stack Developer

Manuel was the Co-Founder & Technical Lead at Sqwad, an in-game fantasy sports platform that licensed products to the WNBA and several minor league hockey teams. He was a Biomedical Software Developer at Sema4, Mt. Sinai’s genomics product team. Prior to that, he was an Application Engineer at Nike. Manuel has a B.A. from Columbia University.

Liming Zhou
Senior Software Engineer in AI Systems

Liming has a PhD in chemical engineering. He previously built various models and software for problems in the environment and energy sectors. His expertise covers multivariate statistics, machine learning, deep learning, OR, graph theory, and matrix computations. He also designs and builds solutions based on relational database and AWS cloud web services, including EMR-Spark. Liming published 20 technical papers and holds a patent on image processing.

Anthony Clark
Data Scientist

Anthony likes math, likes writing code and loves work where he gets to do both. Before SimpleBet, he cofounded ViSR, a computer vision startup. Professionally, he's fascinated by machine learning - deep learning and reinforcement learning in particular. He holds a Bachelor's in Mathematics and Statistics from Harvard University.

Qianhong Zhou
Data Scientist

Qianhong graduated with her Applied Statistics MS degree from the University of Michigan. She is proficient in data manipulation, visualization, data mining and statistical modeling.

Andrew Puopolo
Data Scientist

Andrew is graduating in May 2019 with an A.B. in Statistics & Computer Science from Harvard University, where he is co-president of the Harvard Sports Analytics Collective. Andrew has served as a trading intern at Optiver and Jane Street and as a soccer data analyst for the New York Cosmos.

Kyle Engel
Data Scientist

Kyle was a data scientist at Mattersight Corporation, where he automated end to end data pipelines that integrate machine learning models into SaaS products. Prior to Mattersight, Kyle attended the University of Chicago, where he graduated with a B.S. in Statistics and a B.A. in Chemistry.

Qian Shi
Data Scientist

Qian graduated with her M.A. in Statistics from Columbia University. Her research interest is in data science, especially machine learning and deep learning. She was a data scientist in a financial technology company, working on news sentiment analysis.

Benny Howard
Front End Developer

Benny is a full stack web and mobile developer with 10 years of experience. He was most recently an application developer for IBM, working on projects for clients including JP Morgan and Johnson & Johnson.

Yuhao Feng
Front End Developer

Yuhao is a Front End Engineer with 5 years experience in UI/UX design. Before SimpleBet, he transformed financial services for two leading fin-tech companies, building and executing innovative, progressive and responsive web application user interface and design systems. Yuhao holds a Master of Science degree in Information Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Justin Lee
Data Scientist

Justin is a data scientist, with a passion for business problems that benefit from rigorous application of machine learning tools. He received his M.S. degree in Computational Science & Engineering from Harvard University in 2018, and his B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University in 2017 with a minor in Computer Science. Previously, he was a Computer Vision & Data Science intern at Perceptive Automata, a startup applying deep learning to perception for autonomous driving systems, and a Technology Summer Analyst at Morgan Stanley.

Aaron Sachs
Data Scientist

Aaron has long been passionate about sports and sports analytics, which led to his winning a nationally broadcasted Baseball Trivia competition prior to entering college. He has worked as a Software Engineer at Bitso, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in Latin America by volume, and as an Analytics Intern at Activision Blizzard. Aaron will graduate from Harvard University in May of 2019 with a B.A. in Statistics, and a Secondary Field in Computer Science.

Jeanette Jin
Data Scientist

Jeanette is graduating from Harvard University with an A.B. in Statistics in May 2019.

Tom Barnes
Data Scientist

Tom spent 4 years as a trader for UK sports betting firm Spreadex, followed by 2 years as a professional sports gambler. Since relocating to New York, he has used his Data Science experience to build predictive underwriting models for Fintech startups YieldStreet and CommonBond. He is a graduate of Cambridge University.

Harry Raymond
Product Manager

Harry was the Co-Founder & CEO at Swig Labs for 5 years, a mobile marketplace for wine & spirits backed by Techstars and Anhueser-Busch. Previously, he was a Product Manager for an A.I. chatbot startup and worked in publishing for Major League Baseball. He graduated with a B.A. from Colgate University where his senior thesis on valuing draft picks was published by M.I.T. & the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He has been a Yankees bleacher creature for 10 years.

Jake Moszkowski
Research Analyst

Jake graduated with his B.A. in Narrative Studies from the University of Southern California in May 2017. He first spent six months working in the film industry on production and content creation, then spent six months at Octagon Sports & Entertainment Agency working in global communications before joining SimpleBet.

Charles Flood
Sports Betting Analyst

Charles is graduating from Harvard University with an A.B. in Economics with a Secondary in Computer Science in May 2019.

Andra Fehmiu
Data Scientist

Andra graduated from Harvard University in December 2018 with a B.A. in Applied Mathematics in Economics. She previously interned at AQR and Moon Capital as an investment research analyst.

Anna Romanovich
Lead Project Manager

Anna has more than a decade of experience in Project Management, preceded by a few more years in Data Analysis. Having worked in multiple industries (most prominently Finance, Entertainment, Marketing and Publishing), she has had the opportunity to manage a very broad array of projects and efforts. Her credentials include an alphabet soup of PM certifications (PMP, CSP, CSM, CSPO), a Masters in Business Management and Leadership, and a BA in Psychology and Research.

Joseph Lozano
Software Engineer

Joseph is a software engineer with 3 years experience in Ruby, Scala, and Haskell. Prior to SimpleBet, Joseph worked in the ad-tech space, working on real-time reporting and payment systems.

Anum Siddiqui
Junior Software Engineer

Anum is a fullstack web developer with five years of experience in healthcare. Prior to this she freelanced in a Healthcare startup where she worked in consumer-facing platforms, data analytics and medical software. She holds a degree in Biology.

Kevin Cybura
Junior Software Engineer

Kevin is a recent grad from City University of New York Hunter College where he studied computer science and mathematics. He has experience in low level systems programming languages such C/C++ and Rust from previous internship, open source contributions and course work.

Mark Lohmann
Senior Software Engineer

Before SimpleBet Mark worked on a number of startup initiatives including technical co-founder of a DFS (daily fantasy sports) application for EPL (English Premier League) football/soccer. Prior to catching the startup bug he spent many years primarily in FinTech (financial technology) specializing in distributed, real-time systems for market data collection, pricing and trade execution. Mark holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Rutgers University.

Wenyi He
Junior Software Engineer

Wenyi is a recent master graduate from the University of Michigan. During her master study, Wenyi has been working as a research associate, where she applied her skills on data analytics and modeling. She has the background of both electrical engineering and statistics.

Eric Xiao
Data Scientist

Eric grew up in Brooklyn and is a big basketball (Nets) fan. He graduated from Brown University with degrees in math and computer science. Prior to joining Simplebet, he worked as a data scientist at IBM and Climacell.

Xiaochen Liu
Data Scientist

Xiaochen Liu graduated from Columbia University with an M.A. in Statistics. She is proficient in statistical modeling and has strong passion for applying machine learning algorithms to sport betting.

Chicheng Zhang
Data Scientist

Chicheng graduated from Stony Brook University with a M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics. He previously worked as Data Analyst in Co.Fund and he's experienced with statistical modeling and machine learning.

Goodwin Chen
Data Scientist

Goodwin has worked as a futures trader, a poker player, and a programmatic yield manager in the ad tech industry. He graduated from MIT, where he studied EECS and finance. He enjoys rooting against Chicago sports teams (except the White Sox).

Mario Zdelican
Sportsbook Product Manager

Mario has 11 years of experience in the online betting industry, 9 within Ladbrokes, one of the most prominent UK betting companies. Mario has been a part of and managed both remote and office-based, international, multifunctional teams. He also headed the client risk department within Superbet. Mario brings a lot of experience in product development, client risk management and trading.

Sam Lightstone
Data Scientist

Sam graduated with his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the CCNY Grove School of Engineering. As part of Sam’s research, he developed algorithms to improve missile detection for Northrop Grumman and to forecast pollution for the EPA. Sam is thrilled to pair his technical and mathematical acumen with his passion for sports.

Mark Tanca
Software Engineer

Mark is a software engineer with 2+ years of experience in Ruby, Groovy, and Elixir. Mark's experience includes software engineering in the cognitive division at IPsoft Inc., and full-stack web development at spend management startup Negotiatus.

Max Norris
Sports Betting Analyst

Max earned his Master’s in Statistics from Stanford University and his Bachelor’s in Mathematics-Statistics from Columbia University, where he competed on the Track and Cross Country teams. He enjoys using machine learning, data mining, and inferential statistics to find meaningful answers to sports-related questions.

Anna Davydova
Consultant

Anna has an extensive background in finance and investment management with 10 years of work experience at one of the largest mutual fund companies in the world, where she was promoted from equity research analyst to fund manager. Anna left the financial industry to join a start-up as a lead statistician and data scientist. Seeking to further her skillset and to learn from the thought-leaders in this space, she entered a Master of Science program in the field of Data Science at Harvard. Anna will be graduating from Harvard in December 2019.

Darrin Gilkerson
Data Science Intern

Darrin is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Statistics with a minor in Computer Science from Harvard University. He is currently involved in research as a fellow for Harvard University Center for the Environment where he applies his skills in data analytics in order to answer questions pertaining to public opinion on climate change.

William Zhang
Data Science Intern

William is studying Mathematics and Computer Science at Harvard University with Advanced Standing. He does both professional and recreational coding and data science projects.

Justin Zhu
Data Science Intern

Justin studies Statistics and Computer Science at Harvard University. He has previously conducted research in computational biology at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. His interests are Bayesian models, stochastic processes, and systems programming.

Jianeng Xu
Data Science Intern

Jianeng in a PhD candidate in Econometrics & Statistics from the University of Chicago, where he also holds an M.S. in Statistics. In 2017, he published "The Market for English Premier League Odds" in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports.

Shivam Shorewala
Data Science Intern

Shivam is currently part of the undergraduate dual degree program called Management, Entrepreneurship and Technology at UC Berkeley. He co-founded a computer vision startup that did object tracking to give coaches insight into strategy improvement in team sports and he is currently working on a renewable energy project. Shivam often works as a Blockchain consultant developing proof of concepts for various companies and he also plays for the mens squash team at UC Berkeley.

Team


Sofia, Bulgaria Office

Nedda Kaltcheva
General Manager/Director of Ops, Engineering

Nedda was Head of Sports Technology and subsequently Head of Engineering at The Stars Group, one of the world’s largest online gambling companies. She comes from a diverse high tech background where she held leadership positions across Europe, Americas and the Middle East in the capacity of CTO, Director and Technical Architect at organisations such as CNN, BMW, ADP, European Commission, UK Government, William Hill, Seagate and others. Nedda is a member of CTO Craft and CTO Zone across London and Silicon Valley where she coaches and mentors on her free time. In addition she advocates local technology hubs in Bulgaria by working with the local IT Community to advance innovation in AI, IOT and hybrid distributed systems.

Cvetelina Velcheva
Product Manager

Cvetelina has 11 years of gambling experience across sports betting, poker, casino and games and last but not least, lottery. Her career path took her through the leaders in the B2C and B2B world like SBTech, Bwin, Party Gaming and IGSoft in a variety of roles such as Product, Project and Account Management. Her expertise expands from Platform setup to integrations of payments and third party solutions, regulatory and compliance, offer and pricing, account management and reporting, admin panels and CMS and many more.

Boris Minev
Platform Software Architect

Boris has his diploma in Computer Science from the prestigious Sofia University. He has many years of experience in the field. His background includes being part of companies such as Software AG, Musala Soft, Toptal and Stars Group.

Stilyan Ugrinov
Platform Software Architect

Stilyan graduated from The University of Edinburgh - Artificial Intelligence. Stilyan has 5 years of experience as a Back End and Web developer. He has worked for companies like Crytek, SEGA and The Stars Group where he gained good domain knowledge about the online betting industry.

Kalin Pavlov
Senior Software Engineer

Kalin holds a Masters Degree in CS from the Technical University of Sofia. He spent over 5 years contributing to Software AG - a Digital Transformation and Intelligence Platform. Kalin gained experience in the sports betting sector at The Stars Group where he was part of an innovation team contributing to building a new sports betting platform.

Dimitar Shterev
Senior Software Engineer

Dimitar has more than eight years of experience in different technologies within projects in various business areas such as insurance, banking, e-commerce, betting and others. Dimitar has been involved in ERP and CRM systems development and integration using platforms like Salesforce, S/4HANA, SAP/Hybris. Dimitar has been working for various clients around the world like The Stars Group, Experian, Uniqa Group, Grosvenor Technology, First National Bank, COCC, ION Bank, PUB, Guaranty Bank and Trust, Savings Bank and over 15 other banks based in USA. Proxor certified Java developer, Coursera certified Scala developer. Machine Learning and AI enthusiast.

Teodor Kirkov
Lead QA Engineer

Teodor is an experienced Quality Assurance Engineer with over 10 years of experience in the field. For the last 3 years has been taking position as QA Team Lead. During that time he gained experience leading different teams with various experience and competencies into Quality Assurance field. He holds a degree in Computer Engineering from one of the biggest technical universities in Bulgaria, situated in Gabrovo. His career path has led him in companies such as Stars Group, Offside Gaming and Micro Focus.

Nikolay Vaklinov
Lead DevOps Engineer

Nikolay is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Business Informatics. He has experience in building CI/CD infrastructures from scratch and in his free time he enjoys coding and learning new technologies. He also teaches Linux and DevOps principles at various IT academies.

Simeon Kartov
UI/UX Architect

Simeon is a user experience architect with 10 years of experience in the field. Before SimpleBet, he helped many small and big businesses to improve, using a user-centered approach. Simeon designs custom experiences, that have specific user and business needs.

Jeffrey Valdehueza
Full Stack Developer

Jeffrey was a founding engineer at Riley, a Y-Combinator-backed startup that raised over $3M from investors including Social Capital and KPCB.

Taner Tasim
Software Engineer

Taner graduated from Linnaeus University - Sweden, where he has experience as a Java developer for the Swiss banking and healthcare industry. Taner also worked for The Stars Group where he gained good domain knowledge about the online betting industry. Taner does not see a programming language as a religion, instead he is interested in learning the most appropriate languages and technologies for solving the problem.

Antonia Nencheva
Junior Software Engineer

Antonia has studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Malta. She holds a degree in Software Engineering from Malta College of Arts Science and Technology. Prior to joining SimpleBet, she has worked on a personal project targeted at carpooling and sharing.

Anton Zhelev
Junior Software Engineer

Anton has experience in programming for embedded devices using languages such as C and C++ from Visteon where he worked as an intern for a year. In 2018, he received his B.S. degree in Software Engineering from the Technical University of Sofia and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Communication Networks.

Todor Dimitrov
Junior DevOps

Todor comes to SimpleBet from The Stars Group where he was a DevOps intern and where he learned and became passionate about engineering and sports betting. He is finishing up his Software Engineering Degree at Asen Zlatarov University in Burgas.

Christina Mineva
QA Engineer

Christina holds a degree in Civil Engineering but was intrigued by IT and switched over. She has a 3-year background as a Quality Assurance Engineer. Her sports betting background has been in The Stars Group family, as an Automation QA Engineer and she is transitioning to Software Development at SimpleBet.

Nina Bonkova
Business Analyst

Nina has more than 6 years of experience as Business Analyst in Playtech's casino, followed by several months as part of Stars Group family. Her gambling experience is preceded by four years in the Bank Software development industry and two years of Aviation experience. Nina has masters degree in Economics, followed by many training's in Business Analysis. She is a proud member of IIBA - International Institute of Business Analysis.

Krasimir Savov
Graphical Designer

Krasimir is a graphic designer and illustrator with over seven years of freelance experience. Over the years he’s worked on numerous logo and brand designs, as well as illustrations and concept art for various projects.

Teodor Kravlev
Lead Project Manager

Teodor has worn many hats by studying in different countries – He has a Master’s degree in Business for Exchange from Karel de Grote Hogeschool, Belgium and a second one in Supply Chain Management from University of Le Havre, France. He has been working in various projects including Project management in Sports betting, Logistics optimizations, Supply chain academy co-creator and Innovation and Ideation strategies. An all-round sports enthusiast, Teodor has coached and played water polo and soccer for almost 6 years.

Iva Mladenova
Senior QA Engineer

Iva holds a Business Management degree from the University of National and World Economics, but her passion for gaming made her take her first job as a mobile games QA in Gameloft. Iva worked for companies such as Euro Games Technology on Casino Management Systems, and later attained Sports book knowledge while working in The Stars Group.

Nadia Terzieva
Business Development Manager

Passionate about innovation and technology, Nadia has a degree in Computer Science from the University of Sheffield. She has an extensive management experience across industries working with international teams across the UK, US, India and Middle East. Nadia has also been proactively involved with the local startup community.

Georgi Ivanov
Lead iOS Developer

Georgi is a passionate iOS developer with rich experience in producing apps in various fields such as VoIP, digital signal processing, trading systems and games. He has been writer and tech editor for one of the biggest tutorial websites for mobile development. Before hopping on the iOS platform Georgi wrote backends using the Microsoft technology stack. When he is not writing software, he is most probably DJing or sipping tea while reading a book.