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Four New Key Figures Join the Sorare Team

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While Sorare continues its path in establishing itself as a giant of sports entertainment, it also seeks to entrust the best experts in a wide range of sectors with the task of being able to increase the potential and the community base that revolves around the platform. Drawing on these experiences, the Paris-based company intends to build and organize a world-class team that is able to elevate the level of gaming, design, partnerships and quality of digital content. These days the Sorare team has excitedly announced four brand new hires in key roles for the company. The vast experience brought by the new collaborators will push Sorare into further markets with products that can be defined as global. Let’s see together who today will take over the infamous “Sorare team”, and what they are actually able to offer to all fans of the most famous fantasy football platform.

Ryan Spoon: Chief Operating Officer

Ryan joins Sorare coming from BetMGM where he was COO. Prior to BetMGM, he was Senior Vice President of Digital and Social at ESPN, leading digital properties in sports such as the ESPN app, ESPN fantasy and ESPN social. His world-class experience in media, fantasy sports and products will be essential to Sorare’s continued success.

Spoon stated that “Sorare amazed me. Really. They are an amazing team, an amazing gaming and product experience, and with a truly huge and passionate community of players. It is difficult not to be thrilled and moved by what has been achieved and what is still possible to do. Personally, Sorare is exactly at the crossroads between my passions and my professional endeavors: sports, fantasy and games, collectibles, NFT and markets. I spent eight years at ESPN as a leader in digital, fantasy and content products(among other things). We woke up every morning with the ambitious mission to develop the fandom. On the walls of my office hung numerous pieces of my (too large) collection of sports cards, many of them accumulated through years of buying, selling and trading on eBay. To close the circle, I started my career with over four fantastic years working for eBay. There was no better place to learn and participate in markets, communities, collectibles and internet marketing. So what do I hope to bring to Sorare? A deep passion for sports fandom, for the community and for product and user experience. I hope to bring a unique perspective that is rooted in both my personal and professional experiences… realizing, of course, how fortunate I am that these have always been connected.”

David Byttow: Lead Architect

Few things are more important than finding experienced and passionate engineers who can help guide Sorare through the next phase of company growth. David is a leader with extensive experience in creating products across a wide variety of industries. He has been the Engineering Leader in building companies such as Square, Google, Postmates and Lyft, helping them grow their user base into the tens of millions of individuals. Fun fact: he is the only member of Sorare’s team to have his own Wikipedia page.

I joined Sorare because I believe that the company has had a very special success in crossing three sectors in which I am particularly interested: blockchain, gaming and fantasy sports. I am thrilled to help this rapidly growing team improve product, technology and teamwork. My first priority will be to build the team that deals with the mobile sector and lead every useful effort to launch the Sorare mobile app as soon as possible. I will also design and help scale our systems to keep pace with market growth and demand.”

Michael Melzer: Head of Business Development

Michael has already established himself in the past as one of the essential components to the success of Sorare’s impressive growth, managing to set a new standard on what can be achieved through partnerships and business development in the fantasy sports sector.

From my first conversation with Nicolas (CEO of Sorare) and subsequently meeting the development team, I was very impressed with the culture, product and long-term vision of the company. Sorare has an incredible opportunity to completely innovate the way fans interact with their favorite teams of athletes. It’s not often that the opportunity arises to bring a completely new technology like blockchain to sports enthusiasts around the world. I am also very encouraged by the community that has developed around the product and by how involved and knowledgeable Sorare users are.As DraftKings’ first employee in the United States, I gained world-class experience as the company grew from being a simple fantasy sports startup to establishing itself as one of the largest iGaming fantasy sports offerings in the United States. I hope to take advantage of much of this knowledge already acquired and apply it to the great opportunity that Sorare represents today. In my role as Head of Business Development, I am focused on working with the team to grow our pipeline of new partnerships and build lasting relationships with our network partners. The goal is to bring Sorare to the largest number of fans around the world by continuing to expand our presence in the global football community,also introducing the Sorare product in new sports championships around the world.

Sylvain Utard: Vice President of Engineering

Engineering is central to the strategy of delivering the best fantasy game globally. A fantastic team of engineers has been created on Sorare, one that Sylvain can now lead and expand. Sylvain joins from Algolia, where he has led the engineering team from 1 to over 100 developers.

 “After 13 years in a B2B SaaS technology company, I was looking for other challenges and I thought that returning to B2C was definitely the place where I could find issues that I had not yet addressed. I actually started my B2C career a long time ago and loved how the community you’re engaging with is on a completely different level than what you can get with B2B. The Sorare community has certainly confirmed this and I was truly amazed to see the overwhelming enthusiasm that the community is expressing on the Sorare Discord server or on Twitter. I was also shocked – in a good way! – when I realized that there were already companies building their offerings and their products on the Sorare platform and fantasy game.This is something that I have found extremely difficult to do in past experience and I could not believe that Sorare had already managed to create a space for such opportunities.

Last but not least, I also knew that to be fully satisfied, I would have to join a company where the team does things quite quickly, a team that works hard to achieve a clear mission. Well, I can say that the Sorare team has been successful in this. I am not only impressed with the quality of the gaming experience they have built, but I am also very amazed at the speed with which they have found partnerships with so many national clubs and leagues. After meeting the team during the recruiting process, I could see that while everyone remained extremely humble, they also talked about what was happening with a huge dose of ambition.”

What will Sylvain bring to Sorare? “I have scaled down the product and design teams for the past eleven years. I will bring this experience and expertise to help grow a highly functioning product as well as a Sorare-worthy engineering team. I’ll start with the new hires, where I want to help Sorare raise the bar and hire the best talent out there. It is also about talent onboarding, which I have seen many companies overlook: it is a special moment for both the newcomer and the team. Clarity about what you have to offer and what the expectations of both parties are are the key to success. With the product and engineering team we will need to change the way we work together.Working together with a large team for the same goal will be my North Star. Last but not least, I’m a great team player and passionate developer, so I’m also willing to use my system design and programming skills to help where the team needs me to build the game.”

Final considerations

Sorare really wants to build the future of fandom by helping fans connect with their favorite players, clubs and leagues through next-generation fantasy games. To achieve this, the best must be recruited and the development team expanded. The shared experience of these new four key figures for topics such as engineering, product, content and business development, already experts in collaborating with some of the most iconic companies in Silicon Valley, will be invaluable for Sorare at this time.

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