After graduating from his Engineering school in Lyon and a first experience as a developer for a big telecom company, Thomas spent two years in Canada in a major sport news website where he developed his passion for the sport industry and fantasy games. Back from Quebec he worked 3 years as the CTO of a rising equestrian start up until its acquisition by a large media group.
Thomas joined Sorare in January 2020, in love for the product, the team, and their achievements in such a short period. As a Fullstack Developer at Sorare, he is now part of the development team in charge of the development of the game and its infrastructure.
He is more into triathlon and motorcycle racing than football but he always loved fantasy football as a way to show his friend he doesn't need to be an expert to beat them all. Being a long-time gamer and FPS addict since Counter-Strike 1.3 he intends to live fully his passion by making Sorare the greatest fantasy game ever.
His Favorite football club: Olympique Lyonnais
Things to know about Thomas: He never says no to a long jog and he always has an extra Speedo in his backpack.
Adrien loves building. His whole career he's been building apps for big banks and small startups. Prior to Sorare, Adrien was the VP of Engineering at Stratumn, an enterprise blockchain company, where he built and managed a 10+ blockchain engineering team. He also had a brief stint at Paymium (crypto-broker) and at the European Space Agency (ESA).
He's the CTO and co-founder of Sorare. He makes sure the engineering team has all the tools it needs to ship fast with clean and secure code.
In his own time, he keeps building, in the physical world though. He supports the FC Girondins de Bordeaux and loves chess and beer (but not both). His all-time favourite game is Micro Machines 2.
Brian joined Sorare in July 2020, a few months after starting as a consultant for the team. After growing up in France, Brian studied Economics in Ireland where he became passionate about monetary thought and policy which ultimately led him to the crypto space. Former employers include Airbnb, Dataiku, and Coinhouse where he was CMO before working as a consultant for different companies in the crypto space
As a Growth Lead at Sorare, Brian oversees the acquisition, activation, and retention of fantasy managers on the fantasy game. He's a fan of Red Star FC, the first football club in Paris. He's been into football since a young age, playing FIFA 98 but his favorite memory of a football game was Championship Manager 2001. His all-time favorite game is Age of Empires 2.
Things to know about Brian: he's a whiskey connoisseur, enjoys mangas, and wanted to be a professional football player, but he was clearly not good enough.
David Byttow focuses on the technical direction and architecture of Sorare's infrastructure and products. He is deeply passionate about building innovative and delightful consumer experiences. David started his career in 2001 to fulfill a childhood dream of developing video games. He then went on to build products and lead teams at notable companies such as Google, Square, Snapchat, Postmates/Uber, Lyft, and Bridgewater Associates. He also founded several companies, including the notorious app Secret, and the enterprise publishing platform Bold, which was acquired by Postmates. David maintains a long list of hobbies outside of coding such as running, boxing, and playing video games. He finds solace in various artistic endeavors such as studying piano, painting, and collecting tattoos from his favorite artists.
After his studies in visual communications, Philip joined "Graphéine" as a Graphic designer in 2013, a design studio focused on Visual Identities. He worked on branding projects with many brands. At the same time he got into motion design and co-founded the motion design studio "Cowbell" in 2018 where he has the opportunity to combine branding and motion design. He collaborates with different brands like Illiad, BlaBlaCar or CNRS to elaborate different types of projects. Since January 2021, Philip joined the Sorare team as Art Direction & Motion Designer to create the new era of fantasy games.
Nicolas Julia is the cofounder and CEO of Sorare, bringing blockchain gaming to all football fans. Prior to Sorare, Nicolas was the VP of Operations at Stratumn, an enterprise blockchain company, where he signed 6 figure deals and scaled operations after an $8 million round. He also worked as a Senior Consultant for Eurogroup. He holds an MSc Management from EM Lyon and an MSc in Economics from the Hanken School of Economics. His favorite football club is France’s Olympique de Marseille.
Jen Zitterman leads the Talent and US HR team at Sorare. She is passionate about helping organizations scale and is laser focused on supporting Sorare’s hiring efforts as they grow from 30 to over 200 employees. Jen started her career at Lyft where she focused on technical recruiting - hiring across all engineering, product, science and leadership profiles. She has led the launch of new offices for Lyft both internationally and domestically. She launched sites in New York City, Minsk, Kiev and Mexico City. Jen has also managed teams focused on recruiting operations to build out processes and programs that support hiring holistically. Jen maintains a few hobbies outside of recruiting such as running, boxing, and interior design.
After graduating in Sports Management, Jeanne spent 7 years abroad in London, Dublin and Geneva, working in American basketball, international rugby and video games, where she managed the commercial and media partnerships at global sports events. Back in Paris since her graduation, Jeanne joined Sorare in September 2021 as a Club Activation Manager. She is now part of the Business Development team in charge of creating and maintaining long lasting relationships with football clubs and leagues. Jeanne is a sports mad fan. Her passion started during her childhood while in America playing soccer for her school team. Her main motivation was always to beat her two older brothers so she followed them in swimming, tennis, rugby and skiing. Her favorite Football club: Real Madrid Things to know about Jeanne: She never says no to a good thick base truffle pizza and always has her nails done.
Anne-Laure, full stack developer, joined Sorare in march 2020. After completing engineering school and spending 6 months in Moscow, she was working in a big financial market application which is at the heart of BNP Paribas IT. Today Anne-Laure is working on Sorare web application : adding new features & improving old ones. She really enjoys working for engaged users and for this fun fantasy foxotball game ! Anne-Laure likes to travel all around the world, listen to good music and have simple good simple good times with her friends and colleagues. She never refuses a good board game. Her all-time favorite game is la Coinche, a variant of the French belote.
Sylvain started his career in the gaming industry founding a few online tamagoshi web & facebook games in the early 2000s. He then moved to B2B and spent 13 years working for search companies. First at Exalead, where he lead the core engine and text processing pipeline components of their on-prem search solution. Then at Search-as-a-Service company Algolia that he joined as their first employee, VP of Engineering and General Manager, where he scaled the tech team from 1 to 130+ engineers & product managers. Sylvain is passionate about performance and web development and along with working he has been teaching natural language processing at EPITA, his alma mater. He holds an engineering degree in CS from the same institution.
Ryan Spoon is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Sorare. Prior to joining Sorare, Ryan was COO at BetMGM, the sports betting joint venture between MGM Resorts International and Entain. In this role, Spoon oversaw product, technology, customer support, risk and payments, and other operational areas of the BetMGM business and platform.Ryan Spoon served as Senior Vice President of Digital and Social at ESPN. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Digital Product and Design. In those capacities, Spoon helped build, operate and grow many of the leading digital properties in sports including ESPN.com; the ESPN App; ESPN Fantasy, including ESPN Fantasy Football; and ESPN Social. ESPN'S digital properties are the world's leading and most successful online sports service, boasting the number one sports website and app, as well as number one sports media publisher in social engagement across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Spoon is a two-time Sports Business Journal Forty Under 40 winner.Prior to ESPN, Spoon was a venture capitalist at Polaris Venture Partners and specialized in early-stage consumer internet, social media and e-commerce investments. Spoon was a director or observer at companies like WordPress, Recurly, ShoeDazzle, LOLapps (acquired by 6waves), ReadyForZero (acquired by Affirm), Wantful, Formspring, Offline Labs (acquired by Sosh), and Movity (acquired by Trulia). Additionally, Spoon was responsible for leading Dogpatch Labs, an early-stage incubator that was home to dozens of companies including Instagram, Remind, TaskRabbit, TurnTable.fm, LOLapps, Formspring, Localytics, Rapportive, AdRise, etc.
Sorare is at the intersection of sports, gaming and NFTs. Through tradable digital cards, Sorare is designing a collective fantasy football experience where you can manage your favorite players, hone your passion to earn prizes and be part of a community. Anyone, anywhere, can connect with the game on Sorare. The company’s mission is to build “the game within the game” and to give fans, players and clubs the platform to celebrate, share and own the game.
Founded in 2018, Sorare has seen tremendous growth. The platform had a card sales volume of over $300M (€270M) since January 2021 across 160 countries. Sorare is backed by a world-class team of investors including Softbank, Benchmark, Accel Partners, footballers such as Gerard Piqué, Antoine Griezmann and Rio Ferdinand, and key tech investors such as Alexis Ohanian.
Sorare looks for people who want to work on a cutting-edge game and technology. They are very ambitious and move fast. The game is already in the hands of players therefore people who want to work on an in-production and developing product would fit in well here.
Sorare like people with a growth-mindset, people who seek challenges, love learning and are curious. Employees take initiative, produce results and are empowered to do so.
They’re a company that values honesty, trust and support and like people who work collaboratively, who will listen and input in equal measures. People who want to directly input and impact a growing company and build a game potentially played by millions would thrive at Sorare.
At Sorare you can:
- Work in football
- Work in gaming
- Work in blockchain
- Work in the heart of Paris - close to the Louvre and many beautiful sights and amazing restaurants.
They've got an amazing and energized team that take part in weekly company stand ups and they have quarterly company retreats where team members gather together in a nice location to discuss and input on quarterly goals and the product roadmap.
Their team has lots of varied interests like; sports, going to the gym, board games, video games, technology, economics and are interested in craft beer amongst many other passions. They regularly go for team lunches, play games together, go to the gym together and there is a friendly atmosphere in the office.
They put people first, everyone has an input and therefore all employees should share in the success, therefore they offer an attractive stock-options plan. They offer a competitive compensation package, relocation assistance, gym membership, work-space set up budget, food vouchers amongst other benefits.