ZenSports

Isn’t it about time that there was a beautiful mobile app for sports?

The ZenSports team is obsessed about one thing -- creating a delightful experience for finding and connecting with others to play sports. We know first hand the pain points that players go through in trying to find who is available in their area to play with, or which leagues and tournaments are happening. We also understand that you want to be able to broadcast yourself from your matches, see how your friends are doing in their competitions, track all of your stats, and compare yourself to others locally and worldwide.

That’s why we’ve developed the most beautiful and delightful mobile app experience specifically tailored to sports. Most other sports technologies and websites look like they were developed in 1995. Not ZenSports. Our team has a combined 15 years of sports and technology experience. So not only do we understand how sports work, we also understand how to build beautiful technology products.

We’re passionate about sports and passionate about you.



Meet the Team

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Co-Founder & CEO

Mark is a serial entrepreneur with experience founding tech startups and other businesses. Most recently, he was the Co-Founder & CEO of Reesio, a VC and angel-backed startup within real estate technology that was acquired by Realtor.com in September 2015. Mark also founded a recruiting agency called Thomas Executive Resources that was acquired in 2008, and he has owned a real estate investment company since 2004 called Mark Thomas Realty Holdings.

Mark has been playing pool since 2008 and loves to play even with other players that are 3 times his rating level. After all, how else are you going to get better? Prior to being a pool player, Mark bowled for 25 years, and has bowled a 300 game, two 299 games, and several other games in the 290's. Mark is also an avid sports fan in general, originally hails from Wisconsin, and is a die-hard Packers, Brewers, and Bucks fan.


Etan Mizrahi-Shalom

Etan Mizrahi-Shalom

Co-Founder & CTO

Etan is a software engineer with prior experience building full stack applications and websites. He's acted as a consultant with such websites as poolhall.com, where he helped to build applications like chat rooms and login systems. Before joining ZenSports, Etan had designed and run a handicap system based on the ELO system used for pool tournaments all over the South Bay Area, Santa Cruz area, and Monterey. While doing so, he built and maintained a full stack application used to calculate players' handicaps and a website in which players could look up just about any possible statistic they could ever wish for. Among other freelance projects that Etan has been a part of, he's had experience working with a wide array of programming languages and frameworks, ranging from Java and Php to Node.js and Angular.js.

Growing up, Etan was always a sports fan. At one time he was able to name the starting lineup for every team in MLB as well as even some of their top minor league prospects. He was an avid soccer player from grade school through high school, and currently keeps his competitiveness going through pool, where he is one of the better players in the Bay area.



Utkarsh Kumar

Utkarsh Kumar

Co-Founder & Chief iOS Engineer

Utkarsh is an enthusiastic iOS software engineer with expertise in transforming great ideas into comprehensive iOS applications. Utkarsh has built many iOS applications by himself and launched those into the App Store. His early work was building TeamSync, a sports app that helps high schools and amateur leagues manage their teams, games, players, and schedules.

After TeamSync, Utkarsh did software consulting while obtaining his Computer Engineering degree from University of Toronto. At the start of his senior year, he launched OneTapCheckIn, a powerful cloud, mobile and web software which helped businesses like the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Toronto FC manage their sporting events. OneTapCheckIn was used to check in over 18,000 elite and VIP guests into big games.

Growing up, Utkarsh enjoyed watching and playing basketball. He has been a Lakers fan since 2008 before their historic title run with his greatest idol, Kobe Bryant. Kobe inspired him to focus on being great, work harder than everyone else around him, and shoot for the stars.



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