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Skillz Executives Attend CNBC Disruptor 50 Celebration!

Earlier this month, Skillz co-founders Andrew Paradise and Casey Chafkin, along with our VP of Engineering Miriam Aguirre, had the honor of representing Skillz at the CNBC Disruptor 50 celebration.

Skillz Executives Attend CNBC Disruptor 50 Celebration

From left to right: CEO/founder Andrew Paradise, VP of Engineering Miriam Aguirre, and CMO/Co-Founder Casey Chafkin

The CNBC Disruptor 50 list ranks the most ambitious, forward-thinking private companies that are changing the global economy and business landscape with their innovations. This year, Skillz became the first and only eSports company ever named to the prestigious list. Fellow 2017 honorees include Airbnb, Lyft, SpaceX, and Spotify.

Our founder and CEO, Andrew Paradise, was also interviewed by CNBC when the list was published about our mission to make eSports for everyone through our mobile competition platform – get a behind the scenes look at the video shoot here!

Skillz Executives Attend CNBC Disruptor 50 Celebration

The celebration connected the top entrepreneurs and leaders who were honored on this year’s list, and publicly recognized each company’s impressive achievements. As stated by the publication: “These forward-thinking startups have identified unexploited niches in the marketplace that have the potential to become billion-dollar businesses, and they rushed to fill them. Unseating corporate giants is no easy feat. But we ranked those venture capital-backed companies doing the best job. In aggregate, these 50 companies have raised nearly $44 billion in venture capital at an implied Disruptor 50 list market valuation of about $239 billion. Already it’s hard to think of the world without them.”

CNBC reporter Julia Boorstin also hosted an exclusive live fireside chat with Reid Hoffman, a LinkedIn co-founder, about his thoughts on the technology landscape as a seasoned entrepreneur and current venture capitalist.

Skillz Executives Attend CNBC Disruptor 50 Celebration!

“When we started in 2012, the vast majority of people had never heard of eSports,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO and founder of Skillz. “Now, the eSports industry continues to grow at an exponential rate to disrupt the future of sports, a three thousand year old industry and one of humanity’s oldest and most celebrated institutions.”

This year, in addition to being named a CNBC Disruptor, Skillz was also named the #1 fastest-growing private company in America on the Inc. 5000 and the only eSports company on the San Francisco Business Times Fast 100. We’re so proud to have been part of this celebration, and to be a shaping force of the booming multi-billion dollar eSports industry.

Big thanks to CNBC for this recognition, and for inspiring companies to disrupt the status quo through this groundbreaking list!