Bringing out the best
in everyone through competition
Skillz is the leading mobile games platform that connects players and developers through fun and fair competition. The platform empowers game developers to monetize their content by building multi-million dollar franchises and enabling social competition in their games. Leveraging its patented technology, Skillz hosts billions of casual mobile gaming tournaments for millions of mobile players worldwide and distributes millions of dollars in real-world prizes each month.
Turning Craft into Currency
Skillz levels the playing field for game developers so they build thriving businesses through their craft. We do this through competition – the most powerful monetization tool that puts the player experience first.
Competition for Everyone
Skillz is the pioneer of skill-based competition. Our mobile gaming platform is anchored in fairness, so everyone can have an epic win! Here you play with real people, based on your skill level, and win real-world prizes and rewards.
Creating change through competition
Skillz harnesses the power of its platform to support nonprofits organizations, such as the American Red Cross, Susan G. Komen, American Cancer Society, and the NAACP by playing in Skillz tournaments.
Skillz has earned recognition as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, CNBC’s Disruptor 50, Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups, and the #1 fastest-growing company in America on the Inc. 5000.
Casey Chafkin is the Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder of Skillz (NYSE: SKLZ), the first publicly-traded mobile esports platform in the world. In his role, Chafkin oversees key strategic initiatives for the company.
He began his career as a market analyst and brand strategist for CarMax before joining AisleBuyer in 2010, where he served as Vice President of Business Development prior to the company’s sale to Intuit in 2012. At AisleBuyer he met Andrew Paradise, and in 2012 the two founded Skillz, the mobile gaming platform that helps developers build multi-million dollar franchises by enabling social competition in their games.
Chafkin earned his BS in Economics at Duke University and an MBA from Harvard University. A well-respected authority on mobile payments and performance marketing, Chafkin has been featured in outlets such as CNBC, VentureBeat, and the Silicon Valley Business Journal and is a sought-after panelist and commentator at global tech conferences.
As the President at Skillz, Jason Roswig is responsible for the oversight of all of the company’s operations functions, including administrative, workplace, people, and strategy.
Prior to joining Skillz in 2022, Roswig served as Managing Director for Blackstone's Private Equity and Portfolio Operations groups, where he had oversight of the financial and operating performance of Blackstone's technology portfolio. Prior to Blackstone, Roswig served as an Expert Associate Partner in McKinsey & Company's Corporate Finance and Organization practices from 2012-2018. Prior to McKinsey & Company, Roswig served in a variety of Corporate Development roles at General Electric from 2000-2012.
Roswig holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and German from Bowdoin College.
Andy Dahlinghaus is the General Counsel at Skillz, where he oversees legal, compliance, and regulatory matters.
In his past roles, Andy has led best-in-class Legal and Compliance groups in Fortune 500, FTSE 250 and private equity-backed companies, including JuuL Labs, ConvaTec, Covidien, and Medtronic. Prior to going in-house, Dahlinghaus was an attorney at international law firm Arent Fox, where he represented a wide variety of clients in high-stakes litigation and government investigations. Prior to joining Skillz, he managed legal, compliance, and data privacy functions at Clario, a leading healthcare research and technology company.
Andy received his B.A. from Indiana University Bloomington before graduating from The George Washington University Law School.
Vassily Filippov is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Skillz (NYSE: SKLZ), the leading mobile games dedicated to bringing out the best in everyone through competition.
Filippov has turned his childhood passion for video games into a career in the gaming industry. Growing up he played Atari 800XL and C64 games spending after school hours with Blue Max, Missile Command, and Asteroids. Early childhood passion turned into more than 20 years of Games Industry career as Filippov made games at Sierra On-Line, Sony, and Riot. His work spans franchises like God of War and League of Legends, covering several generations of consoles and video cards, as well as a few generations of gamers.
Most recently, Filippov focused on growing teams and building products connected to AR/VR and the Metaverse. At Apple, he led the development of RealityKit and Reality Composer. While at Meta, Filippov focused on Horizon Worlds and Avatars teams, preparing the company to announce a major focus on Metaverse and a name change.
Coming to Skillz is truly reconnecting him to his gaming roots, returning home to the gaming industry, and re-igniting his passion to serve the needs of players.
Orit Peleg is the VP of Brand and Insights at Skillz. As a results-driven, global marketing leader, Orit is dedicated to making brands matter. She has a proven track record of growing and evolving some of the worlds’ most iconic brands including Coca-Cola, Meta, Audi and Google, as well defining ambitious B2B brands such as Survey Monkey, Chainlink and Applause. Before joining Skillz, Orit was a Brand Strategy Consultant for Meta and prior to this, held executive brand leadership positions at SaaS companies including Tubular Labs. Previously, Orit led brand strategy for the world’s top creative agencies including Ogilvy, Chiat/Day/TBWA and Venables Bell & Partners. Orit won prestigious advertising and marketing awards, published thought-leadership, presented at major marketing conferences and was a regular judge for the Effies, the leading marketing effectiveness award.
Orit earned her B.A. in Business and Communications from the University of Management in Tel Aviv.
Ram Reddi is the VP of Consumer for Skillz, where he oversees user acquisition, product management, data analytics & data science teams.
Prior to joining Skillz, Ram led Growth, Revenue and Consumer teams at Tinder. As part of Match Group & Tinder, Ram managed product, engineering and analytics teams. Oversaw product development across core product, innovation, subscriptions and identity . Prior to Match Group, Ram spent 5 years at gaming between Zynga & Storm8. He led product management groups that built consumer experiences for millions of gamers globally.
Ram holds an MBA from University of Miami & Bachelors in Computer science.
Tim is the Head of Partnerships at Skillz. Prior to joining Skillz in 2022, Napoleon led a business development function at Amazon focused on cross-company partnerships with strategic gaming partners. Prior to Amazon, he was on the founding teams for two online distribution platforms that went public. At the start of the explosion of online streaming in 2005, he was the Chief Strategy Officer for Akamai which underpinned the online delivery of brands like Netflix and Apple.
Tim holds an MBA in Studio and Film Management from USC Marshall School of Business and a Communications degree from Cal State Fullerton. He is an avid supporter of independent studios in media and gaming regularly attending Sundance and supporting kick starter projects. He coded his first adventure game on a Commodore 64 while in elementary school.
Brendan Vanous is the Head of Developer Success for Skillz. Prior to joining Skillz, Brendan was a game developer for many years, before assuming developer success leadership roles most recently as the Head of Developer Success for PlayFab. In that role, Brendan managed the developer programs that helped the business grow from a brand-new startup through its acquisition by Microsoft. As part of Skillz, he brings the same passion for the success of all game developers worldwide to his role.