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Prior to co-founding Chat Sports, James worked for Verizon Wireless as a Product Manager. Focusing on Verizon's wireless internet and smartphone product development, James has vast experience at the forefront of mobile industry technology. Prior to Verizon, he worked for the college sports giant, Rivals.com. Working as a staff writer for Rivals, James was immersed in covering NCAA athletics and recruiting.
James graduated with a degree in Business Management from the University of Toledo. His favorite sports moment was attending the 1997 Michigan vs. Ohio State football game with his father in which Michigan capped a perfect season by beating the rival Buckeyes.
Prior to joining Chat Sports, Brett worked at Deloitte Consulting, focusing on revenue growth and enterprise cost reduction projects as a Strategy and Operations Consultant. Serving as a trusted advisor to a variety of clients seeking to implement growth initiatives, Brett gained vast experiences in financial and customer analytics and process design and implementation.
Brett was a four-year letter-winner in baseball at Kansas State University, where he earned his B.S., majoring in finance. As a member of the baseball team, Brett twice earned academic All-American honors from ESPN the Magazine and was a finalist for the 2008 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Other than the moments Brett had while playing baseball at K-State, his favorite sports moment was attending K-State's 35-7 thrashing of Oklahoma in the 2003 Big 12 championship game.
Dan is a Silicon Valley veteran, getting his start at Netscape in the mid-90's. After Netscape, Dan co-founded a consulting company where he served as Chief Technical Officer for seven years. His clients included AOL, eBay, PayPal and Netflix. Later, Dan was Lead Software Engineer at One Kings Lane where he and his team rebuilt their entire website from the ground up. Immediately prior to joining Chat Sports, Dan was Senior Director of Engineering at Simply Hired.
Dan holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His favorite sports moment was attending Game One of the 2012 World Series with his stepfather, where they watched Barry Zito outpitch Justin Verlander and Pablo Sandoval club three home runs.
Prior to joining Chat Sports, Tony was a PIMP in Cleveland, OH. Tony worked as a web developer & internet marketer while also building his own startup ideas. He knew he wanted to be embedded in the fast paced startup scene so he moved to San Francisco, met James, and joined Chat Sports. After moving to San Francisco in early 2012, Tony joined Chat Sports as our first employee and lead developer. He enjoys tackling complex problems, learning new technologies and has a passion for building recommendation algorithms.
Tony graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Computer Information Systems. His favorite sports moments include Josh Cribbs' seemingly impossible 100 yard kickoff return against the Steelers and LeBron James fade-away 3-pointer at the buzzer 2009 Eastern Conference Finals against the Magic. This, of course was followed by his least favorite moment a year later.
Born and raised outside of Austin, TX, Rob grew up living the country life and discovered computers and programming at an early age. He trained extensively in the martial arts from early childhood through the beginning of college, even competing at the national level in the AAU Junior Olympics. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and received his B.S. in Computer Science, with a second major in Philosophy. After graduation, Rob worked as a web developer for the Northwestern School of Communication. In 2010 he embarked on a semester long outdoor skills and leadership course in northern India with the National Outdoor Leadership School, eventually returning to the US to work at Reuseit. Rob traveled extensively across India and the US before settling in the Bay Area.
Rob’s favorite sports moment was being in Mumbai during India's victory over Pakistan during the 2011 cricket world cup.
Prior to Chat Sports, Ricky worked for ExxonMobil and the Ometz Group as a web developer. Ricky was born and raised in Brazil.
Ricky graduated from Universidade Federal do Paraná in Brazil. His favorite sports moment is when Coritiba beat Atlético 3-1 in the Finals of Paranaense Championship. He is excited for the 2014 World Cup to be held in his hometown.
Alex is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where he studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He previously worked at Sugar, Inc.
His favorite sport moments include Michael Phelps’ races and the gold medal Men’s Beach Volleyball match where Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser beat out Brazil at the 2008 Olympic Games. His fun fact is that he went to the same high school as the legendary volleyball player Karch Kiraly.
Prior to joining Chat Sports, Roger was a sports writer and editor, with stories published in the Miami Herald, the Sacramento Bee, and the Boston Herald, among others.
A journalism graduate of Penn State University, Roger was a member of the Nittany Lions Fencing team that won back-to-back NCAA National Championships in 2009 and 2010. His favorite sports moment was watching the ‘We Believe’ Warriors upset the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 2007 NBA playoffs.
Originally from Evanston, IL, Oliver has previously worked at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and as a TA in University of Pennsylvania’s computer science department. In addition to working at Chat Sports, Oliver is completing a dual-degree in Computer Science and Mathematics at University of Pennsylvania.
One of his favorite sports moments was when the Bulls’ Nazr Mohammed shoved LeBron to the ground in the 2013 NBA Playoffs, making the series slightly less depressing to watch.
Prior to working at Chat Sports, Peter worked at Risk Management Solutions and Amazon Web Services, gaining valuable experience in both project management and software development.
Peter studied Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. His favorite sports moments include the poster-ization of Andrei Kirilenko by the Golden State Warriors' Baron Davis in the 2007 NBA playoffs and Manchester United defeating Chelsea in the 2008 Champions League Final, capping United's near-perfect double campaign.
In addition to being the Chairman of Chat Sports, John is the CEO and co-founder of Apartment List. Prior to co-founding Apartment List, John worked at TICC Capital, where he invested capital in internet companies and other technology-related firms. Prior to TICC, John was an investment banker at both Thomas Weisel Partners and KeyBanc Capital Markets. John is also the co-founder of Fernhurst Investments, LLC, an Ohio-based real estate investment firm. John graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a degree in Business Management and a concentration in Finance.
John's favorite sports moment was attending the 'Bugs' Indians vs. Yankees playoff game in 2007 at Progressive Field with his sister; the epic swarm of bugs that seized the mound fueled a late inning rally that helped the Indians to win the game and eventually take the series.
As the founder of Rothenberg Ventures, Mike is focused on investing in talented and passionate world-class founders. Additionally, Mike is a Harvard Business School alum and Director at Rothenberg Investments, where he manages private equity capital to invest in condos and land development in vibrant central Texas.
Prior to co-founding Apartment List, Chris spent several years as an investor, most recently with GTCR Golder Rauner, a Chicago-based private equity firm. Before that, he worked in the Merchant Banking division of Goldman Sachs. Chris is a co-founder and advisor to the 40 Acres Group, an Austin-based real estate investment firm that owns and operates a portfolio of student rental properties.
He is also a co-founder and board member of Philanthropedia, a new website that helps ordinary donors make smarter giving decisions. Chris has an MBA from Stanford University and a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Hook 'em Horns!
Todd is In-House Counsel and manages Athlete Negotiations for Genesco Sports Enterprises in Dallas, TX. Todd has managed, negotiated, and activated athlete endorsements for Genesco's impressive list of clients, including MillerCoors, PepsiCo, Frito Lay, Motorola, Verizon Wireless, Gerdau Ameristeel, and Campbell's Soup with athletes like Annika Sorenstam, Victor Cruz, Jennie Finch, Jerome Bettis, Emmitt Smith, Tony Dorsett, James Worthy, DeMarco Murray, Rafa Marquez, Troy Aikman, Joe Montana, Steve Young and all of the Coors Light Coaches.
Todd also serves on the Advisory Board for Prime Prep Academy, a new Charter School concept in the DFW area formed by Deion Sanders. Todd received his J.D. from Marquette University Law School and his B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
Terdema is in his 16th year as President & CEO of the Dallas Mavericks. Ussery moved to Dallas after serving as president of Nike Sports Management, overseeing the marketing, advertising and branding of Nike's most elite athletes. Prior to Nike, he was commissioner of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA).
Under Terdema’s guidance, the Dallas Mavericks won the 2011 NBA Championship.
In addition to serving as an Active Duty Air Force Officer, Matt is a member on the USAA Board of Advisors, co-founder of Rocket Fuel Coffee Company and co-owner and manager of a real estate investment portfolio in Utah and Virginia. He is also a five time combat veteran and member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). Matt graduated from Cedarville University with a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering and from the University of Wisconsin with a Master of Business Administration.
Matt’s favorite sports moment was the 2002 Ohio State Buckeye football team’s National Championship and undefeated season. He’s looking forward to the upcoming Ohio State and Big Ten football resurgence under the leadership and coaching of Urban Meyer.
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