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Skillz CEO Speaks at SFBT’s Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Companies Event

Last week, our CEO and founder Andrew Paradise was invited to speak at the exclusive Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Companies event. This gathering features CEOs from companies ranked on the San Francisco Business Times’ prestigious 2017 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list (also known as the Fast 100). It was a unique opportunity for local businesspeople to have a conversation with these accomplished leaders and learn about the secrets to their success, as well as the challenges that come with managing rapidly growing companies. 


Skillz CEO speaks at SFBT Secrets of the Fastest Growing Companies

One of Andrew’s secrets to success is that he chose to disrupt and improve an industry about which he’s genuinely passionate. As a gaming enthusiast, he realized the great potential to democratize both the both mobile gaming and eSports ecosystem. He was able to draw on his personal experience from playing games his whole life and combine that knowledge with his entrepreneurial spirit to build Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports.

Among its many accolades, Skillz is the only eSports company on the San Francisco Times Fast 100, and the CNBC Disruptor 50. Skillz was also named the #1 fastest-growing private company in America on the Inc. 5000.

Despite facing obstacle in early days, Andrew persevered and continued leading Skillz towards success. He emphasizes the importance of having a team that is equally as passionate about the mission as himself, and equally as driven/self-motivated. That being said, running the fastest-growing company in America is no easy task!


Skillz CEO speaks at SFBT Secrets of the Fastest Growing Companies


Every Monday at Skillz starts with an all-staff meeting. Andrew is joined by other Skillz executives, and together they kick off the week with important announcements and company-wide goals to allow for transparency between departments. On Fridays, the executive team will conclude the week with another all-staff meeting to discuss highlights, share progress toward each goal, and provide an opportunity for employees to raise questions.

Interested in working at a fast-growing company that’s pioneering a new industry? Check out our careers page to see if you could be the next Skillzians to join our rapidly expanding team!