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Looking Back on 2017: Skillz Highlights!

2018 is right around the corner! As we wrap up 2017 at Skillz HQ, we’re fondly looking back on some pretty incredible accomplishments and milestones from the past 12 months.

Skillz experienced immense growth this year, with a three-year revenue growth rate of over 50,000%! We’ve been scaling rapidly across every part of the business, including revenue, employee headcount, and the number of games live on the app stores that utilize our mobile eSports technology. With so many new, talented Skillzians joining the team in both San Francisco and Portland, we just surpassed 100 full-time employees, all working towards our mission of making eSports for everyone!

Skillz 2017 Awards, Accomplishments and More!
 

Skillz also won three major awards in 2017, which we’ve been fortunate to celebrate with our entire staff through activities like our half-day Friday picnics and BBQs, plus our fun two-day retreat on the beaches of Santa Cruz! Most notably, we were named the fastest-growing private company in America on the Inc. 5000. We also became the first eSports company ever to be named to the CNBC Disruptor 50, as well as the San Francisco Business Times Fast 100!

 

Skillz 2017 Awards, Accomplishments and More!

Skilz co-founders Andrew Paradise and Casey Chafkin attending the CNBC Disruptor 50 celebration with Miriam Aguirre, our VP of Engineering

Not to mention, our Principal Software Engineer Kathy Kaminski was named one of the Top 20 women in Boston Tech!

Skillz 2017 Awards, Accomplishments and More!

Kathy attending the annual Rev Boston event

 

This year, our executives also took the stage at various gaming conferences including Casual Connect USA, Pocket Gamer Connects, and the [a]list Summit, as well as diversity-focused events like Tech Inclusion, Wonder Women Tech, and The Alumni Society’s Leadership Summit.

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Skillz executives speaking at various events in 2017

We also debuted new innovations in 2017, including the world’s first eSports ticker technology and the world’s largest multi-app chat technology to connect the 2.6 billion mobile gamers around the globe.

This year we also closed our $25 million Series C round, led by top telecommunications and media companies Telstra and Liberty Global Ventures.

Besides partnering with the Special Olympics of Southern California, we also ran multiple charity tournaments for organizations such as the ASPCA, GlobalGiving and the Wounded Warrior Project. Through these charity events, we enabled our users to enjoy playing their favorite Skillz-powered games while giving back to important causes!   

 

Skillz 2017 Awards, Accomplishments and More!

Skillz co-founders accepting the top honor at the Inc. 5000 Conference

2017 has been a truly momentous year for Skillz, and we’re looking forward to debuting more innovations, welcoming more Skillzians, and educating even more people about eSports in the year to come!

Interested in working at a company that’s pioneering a new industry and has a virtually unparalleled growth rate? Check out our careers page to see if you could be the next Skillzian to join our rapidly expanding team!

 Skillz 2017 Awards, Accomplishments and More!