DraftKings Company Overview
Under the dedicated leadership of DraftKings co-founder and CEO Jason Robins, the once start-up has become one of the greatest disruptors in the sports gaming and entertainment space since its initial launch in 2012. Since then, Robins has come to lead a company of over 2,300 employees across ten offices around the globe as the ultimate destination for a unique and dynamic daily fantasy sports and sports betting experience.
Job growth has also spiked internally at DraftKings due to the arrival of DraftKings Sportsbook, including a steady percent increase YOY in new hires at DraftKings. Over the past year, DraftKings has opened US offices in New Jersey, Las Vegas, San Francisco and new headquarters in Boston, as well as international offices in Dublin, Kyiv, Plovdiv, Sofia, and Tel Aviv, to complement current teams to serve customers 24-7 regardless of geographic location or time zone. There has been an average growth of ~50 percent for both headcount and square footage per year since 2014.
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Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Jason Robins is Chief Executive Officer of DraftKings. Robins co-founded DraftKings in 2012 and oversees the company’s strategy and operations, while also driving funding and partnerships.
Robins has built a reputation for expanding DraftKings’ reach across numerous platforms through wide-ranging, forward-thinking partnerships. Under his leadership, DraftKings became the first DFS company to sign a league partnership, with Major League Baseball in 2013. Jason has lead efforts at DraftKings to work with policy makers and regulators to pass smart legislation. As of 2018, DraftKings has passed 19 bills.
Robins’ work has been recognized by the media and his peers, both nationally and in Boston. Recognition includes: Fortune’s 2015 “40 Under 40” list of the most influential people in business, appearing on that issue’s cover, Sports Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” Boston Business Journal’s “Power 50: Game Changers,” and “40 Under 40,” among others.
Robins attended Duke University, where he received his degree in Economics and Computer Science. He resides with his wife and sons in the Boston area.
President, Global Technology and Product & Cofounder
Paul Liberman is Chief Operations Officer of DraftKings. Liberman co-founded DraftKings in 2012 and oversees the company’s product development while leading efforts in maintaining the company’s current product set. He has acted as both CTO and CMO before moving into his current position as COO.
Liberman’s data-driven mindset has been instrumental in catapulting DraftKings from a small Boston start-up to a global sports-tech entertainment enterprise. Under his leadership, Paul’s team of over 150 people has developed award-winning, stand-alone apps and products including DraftKings’ DK Live and Leagues, while scaling the DraftKings platform. Under Liberman’s guidance, DraftKings was the first fantasy provider to roll out a mobile app. Liberman also developed DraftKings’ back-end system so the company can continuously roll out new types of games and variants of each sport based on demand such as Arcade Mode for MLB and Pick ‘Em for NFL, NHL, NBA and Soccer.
Among his recent honors, Liberman was named to Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list of the most influential people in Boston.
Liberman attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he received his degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He lives with his wife and twin sons in the Boston area.
President, DraftKings North America & Cofounder
Matt Kalish is Chief Revenue Officer and co-founder of DraftKings, a leading Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) destination that has become the fastest-growing company in the industry since its launch in 2012. Kalish oversees DraftKings’ customer relationships and treatments, as well as the creation and execution of all aspects of the contests, which are offered across the broadest variety of sports in DFS.
Kalish, a lifelong fan of real-time fantasy and strategy games, combined his experience in corporate analytics and e-commerce to become the “game master” of DraftKings. In a short span, he has led his team to go beyond the industry standards of football, basketball, and baseball, breaking new ground in NASCAR, golf and mixed martial arts DFS. Under Kalish’s leadership, the DraftKings Millionaire Maker golf contests have produced three consecutive sellouts during the 2015 season and DraftKings has become the favorite DFS site among daily players, receiving the highest Net Promoter Score at 21 in a survey conducted by Eilers Research (July 2015).
Prior to starting DraftKings, Kalish worked in business analytics at Capital One – where he met DraftKings Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Jason Robins. While working in CRM and marketing at Vistaprint, he and Robins met the third co-founder and DraftKings Chief Operating Officer Paul Liberman. Kalish also held positions at Microsoft and Fidelity Investments.
Kalish received his MBA from Boston College and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and computer science from Columbia University. He resides with his family in the Boston area.
Chief Compliance Officer
Tim Dent is the Compliance Officer of DraftKings, where he oversees legal & legislative affairs, compliance & licensing and financial operations. Tim was an early investor in the company and an advisor before joining full-time in 2013. He currently oversees DraftKings’ work to provide the most transparent and fair fantasy contests available and lead the industry in safe, responsible play.
Prior to joining DraftKings, Tim held multiple executive leadership roles at Cambridge Interactive Development Corp., a Boston based software technology company that was the platform behind one of the top online games brands in Europe. During his tenure at CIDC, Tim led many efforts in all of stages of the company’s lifecycle from start up, to rapid revenue growth and market expansion, and its transition from unregulated to regulated operating environment.
Tim holds a degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a licensed public accountant. Tim lives in Boston with his wife and 2 daughters.
Chief Financial Officer
Jason Park joined DraftKings as Chief Financial Officer in June 2019. In Park’s role, Park is responsible for financial operations at DraftKings and boosting the company’s success as more states in the U.S. begin to welcome sports betting and pass laws allowing for daily fantasy sports play. Park also serves as a strategic advisor to CEO Jason Robins and senior management in navigating the operations that have helped DraftKings thrive since its founding in 2012.
Prior to DraftKings, Park worked at Bain Capital Private Equity where he was an operating partner and focused on technology investments. For more than 10 years, Park worked collaboratively with CEOs, CFOs, and management teams to develop and achieve growth plans. Prior to Bain Capital, Jason spent eight years with McKinsey & Company.
Park holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a MAcc (Master of Accountancy) and a BBA from the University of Michigan. Park resides in the Boston area with his wife and kids.
R. Stanton Dodge
Chief Legal Officer
R. Stanton Dodge joined DraftKings as Chief Legal Officer in November 2017. In this position, Dodge oversees DraftKings’ legal, government affairs and communications teams, leading DraftKings’ future growth in passing smart legislation and is a key figure in positioning DraftKings to enter new markets and seize new business opportunities.
Prior to DraftKings, Dodge worked at DISH Network for more than 20 years in positions of increasing responsibility in the legal department, most recently as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of DISH, responsible for all legal and government affairs, and corporate communications.
Dodge received his degree in Accounting from the University of Vermont, and his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School.
Chief Technology Officer
Travis Dunn is the Chief Technology Officer at DraftKings. Travis joined DraftKings in January of 2014 as a Software Architect. In that role, he oversaw the technology transformation that enabled DraftKings to sustain rapid growth. As DraftKings grew, Travis led a variety of critical software departments from the core technology that supported the fantasy sports platform to the mobile development of the company’s iOS and Android Apps.
Dunn now leads a rapidly growing engineering organization of more than 200 employees overseeing all technological resources including software engineering, data engineering, data science, and site reliability while establishing the vision for the company’s future tech developments. Prior to joining DraftKings, Travis was a Senior Principal Software Engineer at Vistaprint where he was the technical lead responsible for pricing, channel marketing, and CRM and lead the R&D team in establishing patterns for refactoring and retiring legacy code.
Travis attended Western Washington University where he majored in English Literature. Dunn’s career started as a Data Analyst where he developed a passion for database work and software. After transitioning to software engineering, Travis quickly became an expert in .NET and grew his career rapidly. Dunn resides in southern New Hampshire.
Chief People Officer
Starting out his career in consulting then moving to compensation management, Graham eventually got into managing all aspects of human resources. He moved his way up at TripAdvisor before joining and quickly moving up at DraftKings, Inc, where he has worked since July 2015. At DraftKings, Inc., Graham aims to find win-win solutions to all People challenges, believing that forcing people into policies works against the supportive environment that’s necessary for company health and growth. He believes centering company policies around employee happiness is the most effective way to foster employee productivity. At DraftKings Inc, Graham is improving and upgrading the company’s People systems as DraftKings, Inc. continues to grow.
Chief Business Officer
Ezra Kucharz joined DraftKings as Chief Business Officer in October 2017. In this role, Kucharz is responsible for expanding DraftKings’ business strategy, ad sales and digital media, further solidifying the company’s position at the intersection of sports, tech and media while advancing its footprint in the content space. Additionally, Kucharz’s portfolio includes the build-out of the business and corporate development functions by identifying opportunities for strategic ventures and acquisitions.
Prior to DraftKings, Kucharz served as president of CBS Local Digital Media and special advisor to CBS CEO, Leslie Moonves. In this role, Kucharz oversaw online and mobile business across CBS Radio’s 115 stations nationwide, and more than two dozen CBS Television stations. During his tenure, Kucharz’s leadership elevated CBS Local to the number one digital organization in broadcast TV and radio. Kucharz has also held several senior-level positions at NBC Universal, founded one of the first online digital sports media companies, Total Sports, and worked for NASA in their Space Shuttle and Space Station Medical Operations divisions after serving as an Army Officer assigned to the Armor Branch.
Kucharz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University, a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from University of Houston and a Master’s Degree in Medical Informatics from Duke University.
Chief of Staff
David Lebow is DraftKings' chief of staff. Lebow has a track record of leadership and innovation in media and technology creating revenue and EBITDA growth for some of the world’s largest media brands. A successful leader, David has created results and value by hiring great teams, creating transformative vision, and successfully executing business strategies.
At Yellow Pages Holdings, he was chief revenue officer, responsible for the go-to-market strategy and revenue for a large-scale sales organization. YP’s revenue exceeded $2 billion, EBITDA exceeded $450 million, with 3,000 people on David’s team. David has also successfully led large organizations including AOL, iHeartRadio, and Internet Broadcasting, with roles ranging from CEO and CRO. He has worked in large at scale organized and founded startups. In January 2010, he was elected to the Ithaca College board of trustees, adding on vice-chairman responsibilities in 2012. David sits on several boards, including Townsquare Media, which he joined in 2010.
David graduated from the Ithaca College School of Communications with a degree in communications management. David lives in Westport, CT with his wife Betsey.
Chief International Officer
Shay Berka joined DraftKings as chief international officer in April 2020. Equipped with over 15 years of experience, Berka will be responsible for the overall international P&L, with an emphasis on international B2B customers, as well as managing and maintaining relationships with overseas partner organizations and projects as part of DraftKings’ larger global go-forward strategy.
Prior to his transition as part of DraftKings’ business combination agreement with SBTech, Berka served as chief financial officer for the sports betting and iGaming platform solutions provider. Since 2012, Berka was charged with leading SBTech’s business strategy and management, overseeing external international expansion and the success of internal departments including finance, legal, human resources, and commercials. Berka also holds experience as a chief financial officer in various investments and financing companies including Visa and Psagot.
Berka is a certified public accountant. He gained his bachelor’s degree (BA) in accounting and economics from Tel Aviv University (with honors).
Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging
As a technology company at our core, DraftKings believes that the best innovation comes from diverse perspectives, thoughts, beliefs, ideas, and experiences. We consistently push boundaries and challenge the conventional to ensure our culture and products reflect the expectations of our employees, and the customers we serve.
We work to foster a culture of inclusion and belonging that makes our employees feel safe, empowered, engaged, championed, and inspired to be the very best.
Driven By Collaboration
We believe helping talented people do what they love not only makes us a better company, it makes us better people. DraftKings is a place where technological innovation drives teamwork and passion. Join us and see how we're having fun and changing our industry while we do it.
Analytical - It's simple: data is king.
Collaboration - We believe teamwork makes us better individuals.
Authentic - We want you to be you.
Commitment - Create meaningful experiences.
Bias for Action - We don’t wait for answers. We create them.
Customer Focus - Don’t meet expectations. Blow them away.
"The inclusive spirit is a huge motivating factor to working at DraftKings. When you are working on a project as a team which most times is already fleshed out by product teams and managers and gone through reviews, at project kick-offs and review meetings, your ideas and opinions are heard and taken seriously. An atmosphere is created where giving an opinion which you believe is valuable is the organic decision you make."
"Since my first day on the job, I’ve always felt like my ideas have been valued. Because DraftKings is so reliant on data-driven decision making, everyone in the company is willing to open up to your ideas if you have the data to back them up. Age, position, and experience have no negative impacts on how you are perceived at DraftKings, which makes for a very productive and collaborative workplace."
"I've found that working with really intelligent people to build new products motivates me to continue our journey at DraftKings together. Learning and sharing a variety of knowledge with each other, and solving technical problems together keeps me really interested in the industry and makes me feel highly valued at DraftKings every day."
"The problems we solve are unique because we’re dealing with live sporting events. Most tech products deal with relatively predictable traffic, as where our traffic on an NFL Sunday could be significantly higher than any other day of the week and might vary drastically minute to minute based on the game."
"The first time I saw the engineering team work on a production outage, I was amazed by the deep understanding of our systems, the professionalism, and the urgency that my colleagues brought to the table. I have never seen anything else like it in my career as a software engineer."
Welcome to our new HQ! Located in Boston's Back Bay, our 105,000 sq. ft single floor space is home to over 600 employees.
Our passionate employees are the main reason for our success.
The DK café, built to mimic a football field, is the main hub of the DraftKings office. Anything from all hands-on meetings to lunch to games and more.
Built-in barber and nail salon to keep our employees fresh.
Collaborate in one of our state-of-the-art meeting spaces, named after famous athletes and tech entrepreneurs.
Looking for a change of scenery? Pop into one of our sports memorbilia filled libraries.
Our eight sports-themed huddle spaces are equipped with pairable technology and idea paint is great for impromtu meetings.
Draw up the next play for DraftKings in our football-themed huddle room.
Book a big a meeting in one of our conference rooms named after football legends like Rob Gronkowski or Joe Montana.
Board games, table games, and video games, oh my!
Work on your short game on our in-house putting green!
Fuel up at one of our eight consession stands located throughout the office.
Natural light is plentiful in our new HQ.
Let MA bet! Helmets will be delivered to Massachusetts lawmakers showing widespread support for sports betting.
The winter garden at 222 Berkely Street.
Collaboration is a slam dunk away!
This floor-to-ceiling living moss wall acts as an interior air cleaner and sound proofing barier. On top of that, it's asthetically pleasing.
Walk-up IT window for all of your tech needs.