The Betting Startups Podcast

The Betting Startups Podcast

Interviews and conversations with the founders & CEOs of the most promising startups competing for a piece of the $100+ billion sports betting industry

Episodes

November 23, 2022 28 min

Ep. 48 introduces you to Jamie MItchell, co-founder & CEO of Low6, which is an award-winning free-to-play games supplier.

Hear him discuss:

  • How Low6 is differentiating in the free-to-play category, including through the use of web3 technologies
  • His background bootstrapping his previous business, and how that experience influenced his decision to raise capital for Low6 to “grow more aggressively”
  • How he sees the esports opport...
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    Ep. 47 introduces you to Aaron Basch and Evan Fisher from Sparket, which is the Social Betwork. 

    Hear them discuss:

  • Their history as high-school friends leading the math club, and how fantasy football kept them connected after high school until they reunited to start Sparket in 2019
  • How their parimutuel social betting platform allows operators to offer "different markets without taking exposure”
  • Why they are trying to build e...
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    October 27, 2022 32 min

    Ep. 46 introduces you to Brian Kipp from OwnersBox, which is the home of SuperFlex DFS & Lightning Lineups.

    Hear him discuss:

  • Launching a sports information product in 2012 and growing it to 50,000 users before pivoting to fantasy sports in 2018
  • Why he thinks that fantasy sports “produces the most loyal user base” of all categories within the wider betting and gaming ecosystem
  • How OwnersBox is innovating within fantasy sports...
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    October 25, 2022 30 min

    Ep. 45 introduces you to Colin Davy, founder of Betscope, which provides betting intelligence for intelligent bettors.

    Hear him discuss:

  • Being selected as one of 5 finalists to pitch live at the recent G2E Innovation Challenge, and what it meant to be named winner by the judging panel
  • The story of being a contestant on Jeopardy, and how he used his data science background to prepare for it - which ultimately led to him winning
  • Th...
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    October 20, 2022 39 min

    Ep. 44 introduces you to Alexander Kane, founder and CEO of Sporttrade, which is America’s most dynamic sports betting platform where sports betting meets stock trading.

    Hear him discuss:

  • Their highly anticipated launch last month in New Jersey, and what the most surprising thing has been so far since going live
  • Why he decided not to use traditional odds display formats on Sporttrade, and why he believes that the “Sporttrade forma...
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    October 18, 2022 29 min

    Ep. 43 introduces you to Todd Ballard, co-founder and CMO of ALT Sports Data, which provides proprietary trading solutions focused on alternative sports.

    Hear him discuss:

  • His experience as an early employee at GoPro, and the journey of going from startup through to IPO
  • The world of alternative sports, and what makes their billion-plus fans “a highly engaged, passionate audience group”
  • How he and his co-founder validated the idea...
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    October 5, 2022 31 min

    Ep. 42 introduces you to Leigh Nissim, founder and CEO of Future Anthem, which uses data and AI to personalise the player experience for everyone.

    Hear him discuss:

  • How he saw the opportunity for personalization during his time leading the digital businesses of both IGT and Scientific Games
  • Why most companies struggle with personalization despite it being high on their agendas
  • Raising a multi-million dollar Series A round for Future ...
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    September 29, 2022 31 min

    Ep. 41 introduces you to Rob Klages and Kevin Kamto from AthleteX.

    Hear them discuss:

  • Some of the core ideological concepts behind crypto and blockchain technology 
  • Their philosophical principles of transparency, openness, and fairness, and why only blockchain technology could enable those within the AthleteX platform
  • Why "tokenized fantasy sports was always an intuitive idea", and how a hackathon initially gave them the ...
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    September 21, 2022 32 min

    Ep. 40 is guest hosted by Lloyd Danzig from Sharp Alpha Advisors, who introduces you to Nik Bonaddio, founder and CEO of BigBrain.

    Hear Nik discuss:

  • Appearing as a contestant on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, winning $100,000, and quitting his job the next day to pursue his first startup
  • Launching Numberfire as Moneyball for fantasy sports, and scaling it to $2m in revenue before exiting to Fanduel in 2015
  • His experience working ...
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    Ep. 39 introduces you to Rob Pizzola, co-founder of The Hammer Betting Network, which is the industry leader in providing trusted sports betting content.

    Hear him discuss:

  • His journey as a longtime betting content creator, and one of “the OG’s of Gambling Twitter”
  • The grind of betting professionally at scale over several years, and why he “would give up sports betting in a second” if he could
  • Why he believes in being price sensit...
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    September 8, 2022 23 min

    Ep. 38 introduces you to Michael Zavagno, co-founder and CEO of TopProp Fantasy, which is the next generation of daily fantasy sports.

    Hear him discuss:

  • Why he believes that TopProp’s head-to-head fantasy contests will “bring that competitiveness” back to fantasy sports
  • The learnings from launching last NFL season as a web-only product, and how that helped shape the recently-launched TopProp mobile app
  • The importance of intuitive...
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    September 2, 2022 29 min

    Ep. 37 introduces you to Kenneth Giles, co-founder and CEO of SimBull, which is the stock market for sports.

    Hear him discuss:

  • Leaving his “very stable nine to five job” as an actuary and why he decided to follow in his family’s path of entrepreneurship
  • How he came up with the concept of a sports stock market, which he believes can grow into a standalone category alongside betting and fantasy
  • Taking a contrarian approach by focus...
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    August 26, 2022 30 min

    Ep. 36 introduces you to Ross Fruin, co-founder and CEO of GridRival, which is the home screen for race fans.

    Hear him discuss:

  • How GridRival acquired 22,000 users within the first 5 days after launching, and how product virality helped it scale it to over 180,000 users in the first year
  • GridRival’s progression from season-long fantasy into DFS, and what he’s thinking about as the next step in his long-term plan
  • The challenges of...
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    August 18, 2022 25 min

    Ep. 35 introduces you to Cooper Lycan from SoBet, a sports betting media platform that publishes sports betting content from independent experts.

    Hear him discuss:

  • SoBet’s origins as a peer-to-peer betting product, which he pivoted into a premium content platform after learning about the challenges of “the liquidity issue”
  • His take on the creator economy and why it’s important to build a platform that allows creators to remain ind...
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    Ep. 34 introduces you to Dean Sisun and Jake Benzaquen from Prophet Exchange, which is the US sports betting exchange.

    Hear them discuss:

  • Moving to the UK to build experience in a regulated market where betting exchanges are a mature product category
  • Their impending product launch in New Jersey, and what it means to each of them to reach this milestone after four years of effort
  • The need to educate US customers on the benefits of...
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    August 4, 2022 27 min

    Ep. 33 introduces you to Brent Winston, co-founder and CEO of BetSwap, which is the most efficient, fully integrated, secondary marketplace technology for sportsbooks and platform providers.

    Hear him discuss:

  • His recent experience winning the First Pitch competition at the SBC Summit North America event
  • How BetSwap’s secondary marketplace for sports bets complements existing cashout features to the benefit of both bettors and oper...
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    Ep. 32 introduces you to Will Armitage and Phillip Stritzke from BestOdds.com, the destination for US bettors.

    Hear them discuss:

  • The advantage it provides to build a new brand with a category-defining domain name that “is part of the vernacular”
  • Their views on the affiliate landscape in the US market, and why the trend towards consolidation of affiliates “does make sense”
  • The advice they have for new aspiring affiliates to best ...
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    July 20, 2022 29 min

    Ep. 31 introduces you to Ben Cary, co-founder and CEO of CapWize, which combines expert human opinion with cutting-edge simulation models to help bettors make smarter picks.

    Hear him discuss:

  • His 2 key takeaways from the SBC Summit North America event, and what those might mean for the future of the North American betting and iGaming industry
  • Being selected as one of five finalists to present at the SBC First Pitch competition, an...
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    Ep. 30 introduces you to Sanjay Thakur, co-founder & CEO of Verdict MMA, which is the engagement platform for Mixed Martial Arts.

    Hear him discuss:

  • How a controversial judge’s decision in a UFC fight sparked the idea for Verdict, which started as a passion project with his high school friends
  • Why MMA as a sport is known for its passionate fans, and how Verdict was able to tap into that passion to acquire over 100k users
  • Verdi...
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    June 30, 2022 24 min

    Ep. 29 introduces you to Brady Sharp, co-founder & CEO of BroThrow, a patent-pending, social sports betting network.

    Hear him discuss:

  • The importance of establishing trust amongst users, and the need to build constraints in the product to enforce social accountability
  • Why the peer-to-peer model used by BroThrow makes it exempt from sports betting regulations, despite the fact that users are betting real money
  • The marketing ch...
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