about simplebet

Our mission is to power the future of fan engagement.

Simplebet is a B2B product development company using machine learning and real-time technology to make every moment of every sporting event a betting opportunity.

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We are engineers, data scientists, designers, product innovators, and sports industry veterans teaming up to make every moment matter in sports.


Co-Founder & CEO

Chris Bevilacqua

  • Co-Founder of Bevilacqua Helfant Ventures
  • Sports, media and tech investor; StubHub, ActionX, Viagogo, Lyft, Airbnb, SpaceX, Unscriptd, ThePostGame
  • Chairman & CEO of CAA Sports Media Ventures (JV between CAA & Evolution Media Capital)
  • Founder of CSTV Networks; sold to CBS in 2006 (now CBS Sports Network)
Chief Technology Officer

Simon Gershey

  • CTO at Kalo, freelance worker management platform built to support enterprise customers such as Google, Airbnb, and Expedia.
  • Chief Architect at SAP, where he led large engineering teams responsible for enterprise communication products.
Chief Product Officer

Mark Nerenberg

  • VP of Game Operations at DraftKings, where he oversaw design and development of new games
  • Co-Founder & CPO at DraftStreet, an industry leading daily fantasy sports platform backed by IAC and acquired by DraftKings in 2014
EVP Business Development & General Counsel

Melissa Davis

  • With over 20+ years of experience as an attorney and general counsel, she most recently served as General Counsel & Chief Risk Officer at Westcon-Comstor, a $6B global technology distributor. Prior to that, she served as General Counsel at The Forum Corporation
  • In both roles, acting as General Counsel, she managed global teams to drive legal, strategy, regulatory and compliance. She was a strategic business advisor to the Board of Directors, CEO, global leadership teams, and other key stakeholders
  • She began her career as a corporate attorney at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, as well as Jones Day, where she specialized in M&A and private equity
Chief Financial Officer

Michael Kilduff

  • Finance executive with 20+ years of experience in Technology, Consulting, Professional Services, Managed Services, Subscription-based Offerings, Software, and Product Distribution
  • Most recently served as CFO of Westcon-Comstor's North American technology distribution and services business, where he led the M&A activity related to the sale of the North American business to SYNNEX Corporation as well as the integration of the business after the sale
  • Previously spent 15 years at Computer Sciences Corporation in various CFO and Director-level roles


Chris, Joey, and Scott decided to team up to power the future of fan engagement by founding Simplebet in April 2018.

Co-Founder & CEO

Chris Bevilacqua

  • Co-Founder of Bevilacqua Helfant Ventures
  • Sports, media and tech investor; StubHub, ActionX, Viagogo, Lyft, Airbnb, SpaceX, Unscriptd, ThePostGame
  • Chairman & CEO of CAA Sports Media Ventures (JV between CAA & Evolution Media Capital)
  • Founder of CSTV Networks; sold to CBS in 2006 (now CBS Sports Network)

Joey Levy

  • Co-Founder & CEO of Draftpot, a daily fantasy sports platform; acquired in 2017
  • Thiel Fellow, prev studied at Columbia University

Scott Marshall

  • Co-Founder & COO of ActionX; sold to WPP in 2015
  • COO & CFO of Thumbplay; sold to Clear Channel in 2011 (now iHeartRadio)
  • CFO of CSTV Networks; sold to CBS in 2006 (now CBS Sports Network)
  • CFO of Classic Sports Network; sold to ESPN in 1997 (now ESPN Classic)


Recruiting & HR

Rikki Adams

  • Career began in television production, working on several different talk shows
  • 2+ years’ experience in HR for ITV America, the largest production company of non-scripted television in the United States
  • Previously a Coordinator for the NBCU Page Program – an early career development program
  • Graduated from Syracuse University – S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a Master’s Degree in Television, Radio and Film
Machine Learning

Brian Bader

  • Previously a Data Scientist at KPMG
  • Holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Stony Brook University and a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Connecticut
Machine Learning

Thomas Barnes

  • Data Scientist at Yieldstreet and CommonBond, NYC-based Fintech startups
  • 2 years as a pro sports bettor, focused on rugby
  • Sports Trader at Spreadex, a UK-based sports betting operator

Rahul Basmangi

  • 7+ years of experience in software engineering focused on cloud infrastructure automation, building Big data pipelines, container orchestration, Container security, Devsecops, CI/CD Pipelines
  • Previously held software engineering roles at IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)- NewVentures, Perkinelmer
  • Masters from Northeastern University Boston

Andre Bessette

  • Manager of Analytics at DraftKings, leading a team of analysts to set contest sizing, retention marketing, and gameplay direction for all DraftKings products

John Bowden

  • 7 years of experience in real-money gaming between UK, Ireland and US
  • Ran Games Operations for DraftKings DFS Business and founded their SportsBook Analytics Team in 2018
  • Worked on Trading Analytics Team at Betfair as placement component of MSc in Quant Finance

Josh Brewer

  • Five years of experience with ESPN's Statistics & Analysis team, supporting the mission to provide fast and accurate sports data for digital, mobile and studio platforms.
  • Holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a Master of Science in sports journalism from Quinnipiac University.

Leonard Collins

  • Previously Android Director at Fuzz Productions
  • 7 years of experience building mobile applications, the last 4 was spent managing engineers
  • Graduated from Hunter College with a B.A. in Computer Science and a B.A in Mathematics
Data Engineering

Kevin Cybura

  • Interned as a Software Engineer at Geopipe , where he built extensions to processing data pipelines for generation of 3D models of NY, and also developed an extension for rendering meta data on 3D models through contribution to open source C++ libraries
  • Interned at MongoDB where he debugged and created optimizations to MongoDB server's query/aggregation pipeline in C++ and was a credited contributor to MongoDB 4.0
  • Graduated from Hunter College with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics

Trevor Dalglish

  • Co-Founder and Head of Product of Chalk Daily Fantasy Sports, a leading fantasy sports platform in Latin America
  • 5+ years of experience building b2c applications, primarily in the gaming industry
  • Previously worked on the product development teams at both DraftKings and Influenster

Marcelo Dominguez

  • Founder of Mimiquate, a software engineering consultancy focused on Ruby on Rails, Elixir and Ember engineers
  • 10+ years of professional agile web development in multiple projects
  • Jack of all trades, from client facing user interfaces, to application deployment

Lee Eggebroten

  • Senior software engineer (platform) with long and varied career of helping companies succeed, including senior positions at The RealReal, Tripping.com, and Microsoft
Machine Learning

Kyle Engel

  • Previously a Data Scientist at Mattersight
  • Graduated from the University of Chicago with a double major in Statistics and Chemistry

Yuhao Feng

  • Worked for two leading fin-tech companies, building and executing innovative, progressive user interfaces and design systems
  • Holds a Master of Science in Information Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology

Charles Flood

  • Graduated cum laude from Harvard with an A.B. in Economics and a secondary in Computer Science
  • Previous experience includes time as a Teaching Assistant for “Data”, an introductory data analytics class at Harvard, and as a Corporate Management Intern at The Kraft Heinz Company

Timmy Freese

  • Worked with the data science and app development teams at Simplebet
  • Bachelor’s degree in math/philosophy from Harvard University; Master’s degree in statistics from The University of Cambridge
  • Captain of the Harvard Men’s Club Soccer team and avid Philadelphia Eagles and 76ers fan
Data Engineering

Christopher Flynn

  • Previously a Data Scientist at Zynga and a Senior Data Engineer at Tilting Point
  • Holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Stevens Institute of Technology

Raina Jacobskind

  • Software engineer at CareDox, working primarily on data management
  • Software engineer at Exeq, where she developed the company’s mobile app from the ground-up
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Stony Brook University with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics

Quinn Johnson

  • Graduated cum laude from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Statistics and minors in Mathematics and Sports Management
  • Founding member of Colorado State’s Sports Analytics Team
  • Avid Colorado sports fan, along with West Ham United and Bayern Munich
Machine Learning

Erik Johnsson

  • Graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in Statistics and a minor in Computer Science. Served as Co-President of the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective in 2019.
  • Former intern for SimpleBet
Machine Learning

Samuel Lightstone

  • Holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the CCNY Grove School of Engineering
  • As a Northrop Grumman Research Fellow, he developed algorithms to improve missile detection
  • As an EPA Research Fellow, he created forecasting tools to predict pollution levels

Kristin Lofgren

  • Financial Reporting Manager at Dentsu Aegis Network, where she oversaw the financial reporting and M&A transactions for North & South America
  • 5 years at Deloitte as a Senior Consultant in M&A due diligence and as an Audit Senior
  • CFO and Member of Board of Directors for The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

David Lucia

  • Founding engineer at The Outline
  • Senior engineer at Bloomberg Tradebook and Bloomberg.com
  • Graduated from Binghamton University
Data Engineering

Joshua Massover

  • Director of Engineering at ATLATL Software
  • Lead Software Engineer at Voxy

Jake Moszkowski

  • Previously worked on the communications team at Octagon, a Sports and Entertainment Agency
  • Graduated from the University of Southern California in 2017 with a B.A. in Narrative Studies

Maximilian Neumann

  • Veteran Lead SRE with nearly a decade of experience focusing on growth, observability, and sustainability
  • DevOps Evangelic who pushes to Automate Everything!
  • Former Engineer at Clearent, DXC.Technology, Savvis Communications(CTC) and others

Bryan Naegele

  • Seasoned web professional with interests in distributed systems, performance, and observability
  • Former Staff Engineer at Weedmaps focused on product integrations, observability, and scaling
  • Founding member of the Erlang Ecosystem Foundation Observability Working Group and OpenTelemetry Erlang SIG
  • Previously held Development Lead positions at various companies specializing highly innovative technical product and specialty e-commerce solutions

Manuel Pineyro

  • Co-founder and Lead Software Engineer of Sqwad Sports, an in-game fantasy sports platform
  • Held software engineering roles at both Sema4 Genomics and Nike
  • Graduated from Columbia University
Machine Learning

Andrew Puopolo

  • Graduated with high honors in Statistics and a minor in Computer Science from Harvard University in 2019. While at Harvard, Andrew was President of the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective.
  • Data analyst for the New York Cosmos, where he aided the team to a NASL Championship
  • Former Trading Intern at Jane Street and Optiver

Harry Raymond

  • Co-founder of Swig Labs, a start-up venture backed by Techstars and the world's largest brewer
  • Graduated from Colgate University
Data Engineering

Zachary Schumacher

  • Worked in a variety of roles and industries designing data warehousing solutions as well as architecting new and enhancing existing data pipelines
  • Held engineering roles at Quest Analytics, SelectQuote Insurance, American Century Investments and Amsted Rail
  • Graduated from University of Kansas with a B.S.B. in Information Systems and Analytics

Cory Smith

  • 10+ years of experience in technology, focusing on scalable infrastructure and operations
  • Held management and engineering positions at Expedia, Orbitz Worldwide, and Shoprunner
Machine Learning

Henry Sorsky

  • Quantitative Analyst at Mustard Systems, a proprietary sports trading firm in London, where he worked on pricing both micro and macro markets across a variety of sports
  • Contractor for and consultant at a variety of financial establishments, including major world banks, hedge funds and financial data companies
  • Imperial College London, MSc Mathematics and Finance graduate

Henry Steckel

  • Previously worked as a Statistical Analyst at ESPN
  • Graduated from Bates College in 2016 with a B.A. in Economics and completed a certificate in UX Design from General Assembly in 2018


We’re always looking for collaborative, hardworking, entrepreneurial, and authentic individuals to be part of our dynamic team.

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