SportsYapper was originally founded by Eric Goldstein and Dave Grossman, two lifelong, die-hard sports fans who have spent the past 10-plus years working in social media.
Over coffee one morning, we were having a conversation about how we wished there was a place similar to Twitter or Facebook, but that wasjust for sports fans while they're watching the game.Over the next several months, the discussion evolved from "Wouldn't it be cool if..." to "Why don't we make it happen?" We then took the idea to Darren Bounds, a brilliant technologist, and the three of us set out to turn the idea into reality.
Since then, we've been working hard to create a place that gives you, the real sports fan, a home for sports chatter. No more trying to text five buddies at once after a sick play. No more ranting about a blown call on Facebook or Twitter while everyone else is talking about something else. And no more yelling at your TV alone.
Sick catch... yapp it! Blown call... yapp it! Amazing save... yapp it! Questionable coaching move... yapp it! For all those moments and more, there's SportsYapper.
This is just the beginning, but we're really excited to introduce Version 1.0 of SportsYapper.
Dave Grossman (co-founder)
Dave created Rare Medium, one of the first digital agencies, back in 1996 (Nasdaq: RRRR). Dave later met Eric and partnered on the creation ofamplify.com.
Favorite Teams:Yankees, NY Giants, NY Rangers, Knicks
Darren Bounds (co-founder)
Darren is a long time Internet entrepreneur and a well-known advocate of the open web who's a recognized contributor to popular Internet technologies such as OAuth and ActivityStreams. Along with SportsYapper, Darren recently founded a social recruiting startup called Path.To. His previous company Cliqset, a social web aggregator was recognized by ReadWriteWeb as one of the top technology achievements of 2009.
Favorite Teams:Darren leaves watching sports to the rest of us :)
Mark Teixeira (partner)
Mark is the first baseman of the New York Yankees. In addition to his baseball career, Mark is actively engaged in a host of philanthropic activities, particularly with the NYC-based Harlem RBI program.
Favorite Teams:Atlanta Falcons, Georgia Tech Football, Georgia Tech Basketball, New York Giants, New York Knicks, New York Yankees
Kenny Dichter (partner)
A serial entrepreneur, in 2001 Kenny co-founded Marquis Jet (sold to Berkshire Hathaway in 2010) and in 2010 co-founded Tequila Avion.
Favorite Teams:Wisconsin Badgers, Knicks, Rangers, Giants, Jets, Army, Navy, Air Force, Team USA
Brian Perkins (partner)
Brian brings 30 years of experience from Johnson & Johnson, where he held a variety of senior positions including as, member of J&J's Executive Committee and Worldwide Chairman of Consumer Pharmaceuticals & Nutritionals. Brian played college basketball at Rutgers.
Favorite Teams:Yankees, The New York Football Giants, The Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Real Madrid, Corinthians