Scopely is a next-generation mobile entertainment network founded in 2011 by social gaming entrepreneur, Walter Driver; former Applied Semantics co-founder, Eytan Elbaz; former lead software developer on MySpace’s Developer Platform, Ankur Bulsara; and startup veteran, Eric Futoran.
Scopely is a new breed of gaming company, focused on providing elite independent developers with the tools, expertise, and infrastructure to achieve significant and sustained success for their mobile games.
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Scopely has built the infrastructure to provide independent developers the distribution, monetization, and technical capabilities of the leading studios in the mobile market. We’re partnering with a select group of elite developers to enable them to create outstanding games and to distribute and monetize those titles as effectively as possible.
We’ve put a premium on creating a developer friendly approach, and our focus is on publishing innovative games that are highly retentive and emphasize social mechanics to increase engagement. We understand how to bring games to market in the most efficient way possible, and our product team has the expertise to help maximize and grow a game’s revenue and user base for months if not years.
At Scopely, our goal is to free up developers to focus on what they do best: build outstanding games.
4/15/2014 - Hot Mobile Games Company Scopely Nabs Former Disney Executive
4/7/2014 - Developers need to go orthogonal or get a publisher, says Scopely CEO
3/23/2014 - How Scopely is building a hit factory one mobile game at a time
1/15/2014 - Mobile Entertainment: A Startup Network For Interactive Play
11/25/2013 - Behind the scenes of four consecutive No. 1 iOS game launches
10/8/2013 - Free-to-play needs a new kind of publisher: Scopely
9/27/2013 - Former Angry Birds, Clash of Clans partnership lead joins mobile studio Scopely Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/27/former-angry-birds-clash-of-clans-developer-joins-scopely/#VUrd3xl5jjSMMmSK.99
9/24/2013 - Scopely Finds Hit Apps the Same Way Hollywood Lands Blockbusters
9/10/2013 - Entrepreneur: Top 30 Startups to Watch - Scopely
7/30/2013 - How balancing user feedback with a data-driven approach powered Mini Golf Matchup to success
7/1/2013 - How Walter Driver and Scopely, Inc. envisioned a different kind of gaming experience
5/24/2013 - 'HBO of mobile games' Scopely sees more than 10M downloads for Mini Golf
5/21/2013 - Scopely Boosts New Zealand Studio Rocket Jump’s Mini Golf Matchup To Over 10M Downloads In A Month
4/30/2013 - Viddy Co-Founder Chris Ovitz Lands At Mobile Gaming Startup Scopely.
3/20/2013 - Mini Golf MatchUp Swings into Action on Google Play and App Store
3/15/2013 - Scopely: We're not a publisher, and that's why we'll give you more
2/28/2013 - Scopely announces marquee game developers as mobile-platform partners
2/28/2013 - Scopely announces first five developer partners, adding Double Fine and others to publishing platform
1/18/2013 - Another Former Zynga GM, Andy Kleinman, Lands At Scopely As Chief Business Officer
1/01/2103 - Scopely wants to be the HBO of games
12/12/2012 - It’s dangerous for developers to go alone. Scopely offers help
12/12/2012 - Scopely launches LevelUp platform, invites other developers to play in its sandbox
9-19-2012 - Confirmed: Scopely’s New $8.5M Funding Round Was Not Wrapped In Bacon
9/19/2012 - With a veteran startup team, Scopely raises $8.5M for social mobile games
We set the bar extremely high at Scopely, but that’s just the type of environment you crave. Your ambition to build something significant and lasting is exceeded only by your desire to be surrounded by coworkers who are equally relentless. If you are itching to be involved in a startup that’s going places, where you can produce a significant and immediate impact, then you might very well have found your calling here at Scopely.
Founded by proven entrepreneurs and backed by distinguished investors, Scopely is fueled by an unmatched team. With the guy who sold AdSense to Google at its core, the Scopely family includes successful indie game developers, seasoned social gaming veterans, award-winning filmmakers, ultra marathon runners, PhDs, college drop outs, and a handful of our favorite, fuzzy four-legged friends. Cultivated from all over the world, as diverse as we are driven, Scopely employees all have one underlying thing in common: loving what we do!
As the founder of O Negative Media and co-founder of Ignition Interactive, Walter developed social apps and games used by millions of monthly users. An unintentional pioneer of the caveman diet for the last 20 years, he starred in commercials broadcast throughout Latin America and sold his first screenplay to a Hollywood studio.
Previously the Lead Software Developer on MySpace's Developer Platform, Ankur was a software architect at several startups before co-founding Scopely. He's also well known as a professional drummer who previously toured with his band, Seneca Hawk.
Eytan was a co-founder of Applied Semantics, which created the AdSense product that was acquired by Google in 2003 in a nine figure acquisition. He created video shorts on bullying that are currently on exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance, and played in a band that opened for Tom Petty at UCLA.
A startup veteran with four degrees (EE, CS, JD, MBA), Eric led the pivot that shifted Aggregate Knowledge to an agency business model and built Hooked Media's gaming network of over 300 publishers. Despite a lifetime of aggressive hockey-playing, he still has a full set of his own teeth.
Bailey previously ran the life sciences practice at Kleiner Barkins, helping it through a particularly ruff patch in the late 90's. A veritable tornado of chocolate-colored energy, Bailey enjoys occasionally whipping around the office to make sure no one's dozing off (and to gobble trash.)
With a PhD from UC Irvine in Informatics and an MFA in Art Computation Engineering, Eric's specialty lies at the intersection of art, games, and computer science. Previous projects include light-seeking robots, breathalyzer-based game interfaces, and his beloved augmented reality Volkswagen Vanagon.
After graduating with two degrees from Stanford, Jason helped grow Trilogy Software from a few dozen to 1,200 employees and served as its European Managing Director. A veteran of multiple startups, he has also produced several independent feature films and racked up over three million frequent-flier miles.
Bill has a bachelor's degree from Harvard, an MBA from Wharton, and should probably have an honorary PhD in terrible puns. Raised in Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, and the Philippines, he's also a street musician and lapsed Eagle Scout.
After earning a PhD in Human-Canine Interaction and an MFA in Snoring at UC Bark-ley, Mochi immediately retired and now spends his days napping in random places throughout the Scopely office. He enjoys long walks on the beach and fine French wines.
An accomplished indie game developer, Justin once built his own social network and sold one of his iOS games to a funded startup. His passion for building dates back to age 12 (when he built several computers) and even further back to age 2 (when he used to take doorknobs apart and put them back together).
A highly active open source project contributor, Avram is one of Scopely's most prolific and versatile engineers. Fluent in six spoken languages and conversant in six more, he's also earning a PhD at UCLA in Colonial Literatures of the Russian Empire. Seriously.
Previously a Design Programmer for Guitar Hero and a Lead Mission Designer on an upcoming Call of Duty title, Travis has run 9 marathons and is mentally prepping for his 10th. His long history of hardware hacking includes a MIDI synthesizer from a Commodore 64, a light sensor driven synth inside a Nintendo ROB, and an 8x8 arcade button Monome matrix.
A math phenom, Peter once took first place in a New England-wide math competition and later earned his grocery money playing poker. As an Android developer, he has a keen eye for the vulnerabilities in existing systems. He once used that skill to get his satirical piece on a purported link between beer pong and STDs reported as fact by Fox News.
Raised in a family of entrepreneurs, in the 4th grade Lauren founded an import business to sell her peers much sought-after Tamagotchis and Razor Scooters, then astutely spent the profits on Apple stock. More recently, after graduating from USC with degrees in Communications and Business Entrepreneurship, she helped manage nearly 40 start-ups at StartEngine, LA's largest startup accelerator.
A Harvard graduate and entertainment startup veteran, Henry's BD expertise makes him uniquely qualified to build lasting and valuable partnerships. He is an avid runner who recently completed a 50 mile ultramarathon...in sandals.
Originally from Kyrgyzstan, Ilias lived in New Delhi, London, Boston, Beijing, and San Francisco before ultimately landing in Los Angeles. An ex-Zyngite and Scotch connoisseur, he's played chess with a World Champion and can name the make/model of any car on sight.
Kayli once sent over 2,000 individual emails to our users in a 24-hour period to keep them happy and well-informed during a regional server outage -- just one of countless examples of her amazing mastery of community management. She brings that same relentless spirit to everything she does, from dirt biking to knitting over a hundred 20-foot scarves for herself.
A recent USC grad, Kyle greatly improved Scopely's Community Management effectiveness by introducing analytics to better identify and communicate issues with our engineering teams. When Kyle isn't helping keep our players happy, he might be found eating piles of Del Taco beef tacos or leading Scopely intern trips to Vegas.
Previously a GM at Zynga, Andy is a startup veteran, wearing many hats as a founder, executive, investor and advisor. After founding Emepe3.com at 17, he went on to co-found Vostu. Shortly thereafter he joined Three Melons, which was acquired by Playdom, then Disney. Andy has also produced feature films in five countries.
Despite her lifelong dream of working at a grocery store checkout, Margaret ended up with a Harvard MBA and became a management consultant. She prides herself on being “normal” even though she was one of seven children, has traveled to 40 countries and lived in a country that starts with “K” (Kuwait, of course).
Tiago’s precocious election to the Assembly of Lisbon, Portugal at 19 was foreshadowed decades earlier, when he joyrode the family tractor at the age of three. A rabid sports fan and closet card shark, he is the one guy you don’t want at your poker table.
Nick went from playing timpani alongside the LA Philharmonic in high school to producing festival-honored films at Brown and Northwestern, with a Georgetown law degree sandwiched in between. When not performing sketch comedy or composing electronic music, he works on Scopely’s product team, putting his stamp on everything from feature planning to app store optimization and much more.
A skilled athlete in real life as well as online, Craig played water polo at the University of Iowa and was ranked one of the 100 best NHL '09 players in the world. Despite an utter lack of programming experience, Craig earned an MS in Game Development from DePaul at age 25 -- and played drums in a Metallica cover band along the way.
A crackerjack web developer and crack shot duck hunter, Jake's talents have always been incredibly diverse. If you can't find him at his desk, he might be rehearsing with a barbershop quartet, driving an ice truck, or brewing bathtub gin. Seriously.
When Lance isn’t coding for forty hours straight, he enjoys bodyboarding and hiking. Despite winning awards for photography and water color in high school, Lance declined multiple scholarship offers to study art; instead he founded a natural language search engine startup right out of college.
Perhaps the world’s biggest LA Dodgers fan, Miguel spends his days at Scopely ensuring that everything plugged into the wall is running smoothly. Don't be fooled by his Paul Frank bunny slippers and friendly demeanor – he's actually a trained MMA fighter.
After graduating high school at 14, Darion began his gaming career immediately with a stint in QA. Since then, he has produced games at Rockstar and directed at EA Mobile, working on titles such as NBA Jam and the Simpsons. A legally ordained minister, Darion has married two couples, with a third one coming later this year.
Alto, tenor, soprano – Hutch is a master of all things saxophone, and has recorded on two albums, as well as peformed live on an American Idol season finale. Before joining Scopely as Lead Tester, Hutch worked as an eSports columnist, covering dozens of League of Legends tournaments.
Luckily, Scopely HQ isn't in a skyscraper because daredevil Karina is known for her love of bungee jumping, climbing and skydiving. When she isn't keeping our financial house in order, she can be found pushing her physical limits. She has hiked Mt. Whitney and ran up the stairs in the U.S. Bank building... for fun!!!
A recent USC grad, Liz grew up dreaming of becoming an MTV News correspondent. Her contagiously upbeat personality, incurable need to converse with strangers, and uncanny ability to make anyone she talks to feel special all result in her being the perfect individual to be Scopely's Growth Coordinator.
Before landing his current role as a Mobile Developer on our Android team, Ryan won the 2010 TechCrunch SF People's Choice Award for a guitar app with pitch detection. He is also an accomplished violinist and ukelele player and has performed with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra.
Before joining Scopely, Gabe studied the brains of jazz pianists and rappers alike at Johns Hopkins' Neuroscience Lab. In addition to being an incredible multi-instrumentalist (violin, piano, organ, guitar, bass, and mandolin), he's also a naturally gifted engineer ... which seems a bit unfair.
Giselle is our spectacular HR Manager, but her dream in kindergarten was to become a professional strawberry picker. (Someday, Giselle, someday.) Unstoppably competitive at all trivia games, she revamped Scopely's entire benefits system and instituted a ton of fantastic perks all within her first month on the job.
Mike started an indie game company with his girlfriend, and the two spent three months traveling the world and making games together. These days, he works on our iOS team and can predict the winner for competitive reality shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and The Voice.
A SCUBA expert with over 400 dives, Jordan joined Scopely after leading recruiting for the Amazon Mobile team in Seattle. He commutes to Scopely HQ on his sweet hog but could easily jog the whole way to work (he once ran a four and a half minute mile).
Not only is Taron an accomplished artist, but he's a musician and DJ as well. He's currently spending his spare time teaching himself how to code. Taron says he knew he was an accomplished artist when he saw his art being used as a random stranger's iPhone wallpaper.
Natalie is an LA girl through and through. Born and raised here, we're pretty sure her blood runs purple and gold because she's such a huge Lakers fan. She spent many years working in the entertainment industry with the likes of Jerry Bruckheimer and Tim Burton before bringing her significant talent to Scopely.
Ten year old Tim is probably high-fiveing adult Tim because as a kid, all he wanted to do was make games. At Scopely, he gets to live out that dream every day as an artist by making his mark across many of our games. Tim owns a chinchilla and once created a photoshop file with over 1,000 layers in it. (That's a lot.)
When he isn't refining Scopely's ad network or playing with his daughter, Chas pursues philanthropic causes, looking to change the world in a meaningful way. He teaches a songwriting class for troubled youth and has dabbled in film, his short "Blind" having reached the Regional Finals for the Student Oscars.
As a kid, Jimmy won multiple contests for his online gaming prowess, and his video entry for "Lost Saga" was featured in a Chinese commercial. He currently studies Taekwondo and Aikido, and excels at MMORPGs when he's not squashing bugs for our QA team.
Born and raised in the Philippines, Karlo began to take art seriously in the the wake of the Mt. Pinatubo disaster. Since he could no longer skateboard due to debris, he began to draw comics about skateboarding and then began molding models of movie characters using congealed wood sealant. These days, he uses his crafty skills as one of Scopely's brilliant artists.
Lena grew up near Monterey Bay and was sure she wanted to be a chemical engineer until she realized that numbers were her thing and changed her major to Business and Finance. She's also a gifted musician and spent time playing piano for traveling Broadway productions of shows like CATS and Wicked in California.
As VP of Brands and Agencies, Jordan splits his time between New York and Los Angeles. We all hope that he brings his Parsons Russell Terrier, Diesel, to LA on one of his future trips. Jordan can dead lift 265 lbs, won the National ADDY when he was 21 years old, and once spent a summer directing a documentary in the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
Almost as soon as Michael started at Scopely, he founded the Scopely Maker Club and busied himself making cool gadgetry for around the office, including an LED scoreboard for our ping pong table. Not only is he handy with a soldering iron, but he's also physically talented -- he can spin on his head, walk on his hands and sleep with his eyes open.
Jacob hails from Buffallo, New York but moved to Chicago out of college to work in the gaming industry. He is an outstanding mobile developer and makes highly engaging games in his spare time. In college, he worked on a game called Zineth, which won the IGF Best Student Game of 2013.
Mobile Developer Joseph Leybovich moved from Queens, NY to Los Angeles in order to join us at Scopely. Joseph once worked as a bartender and occasionally graces us with his skills in that art. He loves helping others and has a potty-trained cat named Bugsy.
Matt is a master juggler -- he can hold his own whether he is juggling budgets at Scopely or juggling chainsaws (not at Scopely). Matt claims to have eaten 12 white castle burgers, 2 chicken sandwiches and an order of onion rings in under 10 minutes. We would dispute this claim but we are afraid to see him recreate it.
Nehemiah is a steamroller. As a tester at Scopely, he mows down bugs, and as a member of the Scopely kickball team he mows down opponents. He has an intense interest in swordsmanship and even got pointers in technique from an iaido master while teaching english in Japan.
Clay moved out to LA with his wife and his two children from Scottsdale, Arizona to start at Scopely. When he's not developing games in his garage or working at Scopely, he can be found piloting single engine planes. He claims that he can maintain his cleanly shaved scalp with almost zero effort, which is great for us because he can spend more time making cool games.
Amarpal balances his prowess as a data architect with a penchant for poetry; he composes verse in both English and Hindi. Originally hailing from DehraDun, India, he says he spent the five most beautiful years of his life at IIT Bombay. Fun fact about Amarpal: he prefers to play with continued-fraction representation of numbers rather than decimal representation.
After graduating with a Masters' from UCLA with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence, David spent the next decade playing guitar and touring the world with his metal band in order to "bask in the glory of mini-stardom for a fleeting moment." He's now using his fingertips on a different kind of music: the rhythmic clickity clack of a platform developer.
Rachel is the logistical genius at Scopely. She puts out both figurative and literal fires. She is one of the founders of Bitchcraft Trading Post, an annual art, vintage and handmade fair in LA. Rachel claims to have supernatural thrift store radar abilities, wherein she can locate that velvet panther painting she was looking for without trying.
Eric hails from Southern California but spent a good deal of time in the Bay Area and back east before returning to his roots in So Cal to work at Scopely. He fancies himself a sports trivia master, and since no one in the office has stumped him yet, we would back that claim.
World traveler Andrew has lived and worked in North America, Europe, and the Middle East, having visited 47 countries. Andrew understands the importance of dressing for the occasion and has both a costume trunk and a hat trunk which he dutifully hauls from one continent to another.
Murali dominates any game with a paddle. He's excellent at ping pong, badminton and tennis. He's also a classically trained musician and has degrees in Indian Classical music and sound engineering. He sings and plays violin in the Indian Classical style and regularly performs both in the U.S. and overseas. He's also a brilliant Business Intelligence Analyst.
An LA native, one of Clint's first jobs was as a life-saving hero, as it was his duty to drive intoxicated UC Davis students home for $1 per night. Clint is a man of many talents, which include making velociraptor-like throat rattles, dodging traffic tickets, teaching programming, and successfully picking up real-live French women on their home turf in France.
A finalist at Startup Weekend Hong Kong 2011, Johnny is not only a member of Scopely's RevOps team, but he's also nearly 50% of the way towards his personal goal of "50 by 50", wherein he travels to at least 50 countries by the time he's 50 years old. Johnny's many talents include being able to type the alphabet in 2.016 seconds and quickly memorizing numbers with more than 16 digits.
When Chris isn't helping create innovative games at Scopely, he spends his time writing fiction and hanging out with his family of eight (if you include the four cats). Chris is also an accomplished jazz trumpeter; we're eagerly anticipating him serenading the whole office with the sweet sounds of Louis Armstrong's West End Blues.
Not only was analytics engineer Anthony invited to speak at the second Clojure Conj conference when he was just 17, but members of the Clojure community raised money for him to get to the first one. (He's just that good.) Anthony says that in an alternate universe, he would be either the front man for a rock band or a meteorologist.
The Chernin Group, Former President and COO of News Corp, Board of Directors American Express and Pandora
Former CEO of Yahoo and Chairman of Warner Bros
Top 10 Angel Investor - Investor in Rovio and Twitter
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Co-Founder / CEO of Buddy Media
Venture Partner at Accel Partners
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Collection of the top media and entertainment entrepreneurs on the West Coast
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Mark Mullen, former COO of the City of Los Angeles