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Power Play: When Tech & Sports Combine

With football season upon us we thought we'd take the opportunity to bridge the gap between technology and sports during our September event. There are tons of sports and athlete focused start-ups in the Boston area and we want to showcase all they have offer. We've assembled a panel of high-ranking employees from DraftKings, FanCred, Ubersense, HackFit and CoachUp. This event will focus on discussing the pitfalls and challenges of launching a start up, the particular challenges of combining the physicality of sports and technology, and what each company has in store for the future.

We are happy to welcome Kevin Scott, Senior Director of Advanced Development in the emerging Tech Group at ESPN as our moderator for the event! 

This panel is meant to inspire and help potential entrepreneurs learn what to avoid before it's too late. We believe this event will be beneficial to those already established in the community as well as students who are about to graduate and start out on their own.

About the participating panelists and their companies:  

Alex Pedicini, Community Manager at Ubersense -
Ubersense is a mobile app that allows athletes to rapidly and dramatically improve their game through state-of-the-art video analysis technology and access to coaching, anytime, anywhere, in any sport.  Follow them on Twitter @Ubersenseapp.

Arian Radmand, Co-Founder and CTO CoachUp -
Using CoachUp, coaches help athletes across all sports, ages and levels, take their game to Another Level™. CoachUp is a service that connects with athletes with private coaches. Our vision is to help kids change the trajectory of their lives through sports.  Follow them on Twitter @CoachUp.

Kash Razzaghi, CEO at Fancred -
Fancred is the first social platform that lets fans build their sports credibility. Fancred is changing sports news and opinion through the verification and credibility of the source. Fancred provides a personalized way for sports fans to communicate, discover, and consume their favorite sports content. Named by the Boston Business Journal one of five startups to follow, the Fancred app debuted for iOS in March 2013 and within 16 hours was #23 in the Apple App Store for free sports apps. Follow them on Twitter @Fancred.

Jason MacInnes, CTO at DraftKings -
DraftKings is an online fantasy sports company. Our core product is a 1-day Fantasy Sports Contest, where users compete against each other to win cash prizes. The game works similarly to how season-long contests on ESPN or Yahoo operate, with the key difference being that instead of season-long commitments, our users only need to commit to playing for a single day at a time. Free and entry-fee-based games are available. Follow them on Twitter @DraftKings.

Justin Mendelson, Founder and CEO at HackFit - 
HackFit events promote a different way of thinking for entrepreneurs and startups that reflects a balance of healthy living and innovation. Our business centers around organizing fitness technology hackathons across the country (starting in Boston) that will be supercharged with exercise sessions (climbing, yoga, martial arts, and running), healthy fuel, and active challenges. Connect with active and fun startup-enthusiasts to hack, sweat, and launch a startup, all in 48 hours. Follow them on Twitter @HACKFitHQ.

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  • Jill B.

    I look forward to meeting everyone tonight. I am building engineering teams at ESPN!

    September 18, 2013

    • Marsh S.

      Does Andrew Hyde work for you? He's one of our stars of AngeHack. I'm good friends with Stu Evey in Spokane

      September 18, 2013

    • Jill B.

      Yes...Andrew does work here at ESPN!

      September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This event was awesome. Thanks all to everyone who organized, spoke, sponsored. I'm looking forward to future events!

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • Arpit G.

    Great job organizing an awesome event. Really pleased that I attended. Thank you to all the sponsors, host, and panelists. Cheers.

    1 · September 18, 2013

  • Laurel D.

    I enjoyed the panel. I thought the host asked good questions and the panelists came from a nice variety of fields and gave useful information and responses.

    1 · September 18, 2013

  • Craig F

    Sounds like a great event.

    2 · September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very excited to be featured on the panel! If anyone has any questions prior to the event regarding up-and-coming fitness/sports technologies or what's going on with startups in the space, please ask!

    2 · August 23, 2013

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