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All-Star Panel: “Innovation in the Beautiful Game (soccer)"

Join us Wednesday, June 4th at 6pm at Pivotal Labs in San Francisco as the Sports and Tech Meetup (#sportsandtech) presents an all-star panel discussing: “Innovation in the Beautiful Game.” Our panel of a team executive, investor, player / media personality, and startup founder will discuss how technology is changing soccer. We will touch on innovation in strategy and player development, how the economics and media side are changing, and where there are opportunities for startups and innovators to thrive.  Q&A will follow.

Panelists Include:  

Eric Wynalda - Analyst, Fox Sports. Former professional soccer player and leading scorer in U.S. National Soccer Team history. 

David Kaval - President, San Jose Earthquakes (MLS). Co-founder, Golden Baseball League.

Mitch Lasky - Partner, Benchmark Capital. Former Executive in the gaming Industry (E.A., Activision, etc.)

Mark Brunkhart - Founder / President of Match Analysis (soccer analytics company that works with teams and media co's around the world) 


6:00 – 6:15 Pregame – snacks, drinks, networking (maybe some stretching)  

6:15 – 7:05 Game – Panel: “Innovation in the Beautiful Game” followed by Q&A  

7:05 – 8:00 Postgame – networking, drinks, and world cup chatter.

This event is generously being hosted by Pivotal Labs and sponsored by SportsData, Wyscout, and Buyer's Best Friend.

Pivotal Labs, a leader in highly disciplined agile software development, build consumer and enterprise web and mobile applications for global clients.

SportsData provides real-time data and editorial feeds to technology, media and fantasy sports companies. Get 20% off real-time data feeds when you use the promocode: SFSPORTSTECH.

Wyscout supports football clubs, players’ agencies and federations in scouting, match analysis and transfer processes, providing the most advanced technologies.

Buyer's Best Friend is a leading source for healthy snacks with over 150,000 products to choose from -- made by artisan producers who use the highest quality, all natural ingredients. 

If you have questions, comments, suggestions etc. about the event or interest in sponsorship or a display table for your company, or if you just want to reminisce about the highlights of the Marcelo Balboa era, then email Michael Frank using the contact button on the left of the page

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Your status updates, on videos. Post scores, schedule, injury updates instantly on your online videos. Go to for more info.

    August 1, 2014

  • Raja

    I am a cofounder of FanKave- Sports based Mobile platform connecting friends. Happy to sponsor this meetup. We are launching for the worldcup. Fankave is putting together an online watchparty for the worldcup working with soccer writers, ex mls players and fan clubs. We are looking to add passionate soccer fans to be part of our host team. If you are interested, pl register at

    We will see you tomorrow

    June 3, 2014

    • Jenny A.

      Hello Raja! We met at this meetup and never exchanged cards. Please connect with me at­no

      June 24, 2014

  • Michael F.

    Here's the video of the panel if anyone missed it:

    June 8, 2014

  • Pierre-Alexandre F.

    Great panel!
    SF needs a MLS team!

    June 8, 2014

  • Mark B.

    Top notch event. Thank you!

    June 8, 2014

  • Mitchell

    Wonderful experience meeting the panel and sharing so many ideas when it comes to tech and soccer. I'm looking forward to the next one!

    June 7, 2014

  • Raja

    Great event. Good job Michael Frank

    June 4, 2014

  • Jennifer P.

    Very interesting and informative - appreciated the different perspectives from the panel. Thank you Michael.

    June 4, 2014

  • John J. S.

    Thoroughly enjoyable hard-core soccer evening. Fun to visit Pivot Labs in SF. Nicely done Michael Frank. Kudos on a fantastic event. When is the next one?

    June 4, 2014

  • Jason R.

    Futbol has so many competitive fans, how can some of that passion and teamwork be directed to help good causes?

    June 3, 2014

    • Mark B.

      Jason, there's some really great non-profits here in the city using soccer for good works. Street Soccer USA which works with homeless young adults is staging their National Cup here in August. They're very much in need of volunteers, and teams to play in their Open and Corporate Cup tournaments http://ssusacupseries...­

      2 · June 4, 2014

    • Jeremy

      Definitely some amazing NGOs already doing great things. Street Soccer USA has a very strong presence locally in SF. There is also Grassroot Soccer, One World Football project and many more.

      June 4, 2014

  • Roman

    Are you a SJ Quakes fan? Do you have season tickets? Interested in testing a new application which connects fans at a sport venue? Great! Please contact me. I am happy to tell you more about the app.

    1 · June 4, 2014

  • Tony M.

    Hello fellow soccer fans.

    I have been a volunteer coach (soccer and baseball) for the last 7 years. About a year ago, we’ve started to develop a mobile social marketplace for youth sport teams ( Our app combines team scheduling, management and e-commerce into one, aiming to help coaches and parents to better coach and manage their teams. I am looking forward to joining you in this event.

    1 · June 3, 2014

    • Blake K.

      I'd love to speak with you and share how I've helped a similar company build value through a text message feature. Please reach out if that is of interest to you!

      1 · June 4, 2014

    • Tony M.

      I'd love to Blake. Email me at tony at

      June 4, 2014

  • Jeremy

    Some of the innovations in soccer are happening right in our own backyard. Anyone working around actual people PLAYING and not just fans?
    This is us:

    2 · June 3, 2014

  • Karl A.

    I recently started a YouTube playlist on Computers and Soccer. Please feel free to email me URLs of more examples. Here is the work-in-progress:

    And to go from Soccer Moms to NASCAR Dads, here is a playlist I made for NASCAR:

    1 · June 3, 2014

  • Stanford C.

    Is there life after NASCAR?

    May 21, 2014

    • Stanford C.

      Boring. It used to be Red Bull, now it's Mercedes and the cars are barely faster than a GP2 car, or the same speed as F1 cars in 1997.

      May 23, 2014

    • Karl A.

      Not sure how NASCAR relates to Soccer, but this meetup event on Thursday is about building autonomous race cars:­

      1 · June 2, 2014

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