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Our Team

May Tia Ly
Jason Arhart
Amanda Armour

Amanda Armour

Benjamin Bennett

Benjamin Bennett

Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown

The empathy we’ve all shown to one another during a very trying year has been a pleasant surprise. It feels good to be surrounded by compassionate people!
- Yulie on Empathy
Marisol Casariego

Marisol Casariego

Kalisa Falzone

Kalisa Falzone

Craig Finster

Craig Finster

Mikki Freeman

Mikki Freeman

Heather Gates

Heather Gates

Chris Hildebrand

Chris Hildebrand

Joshua Johnson

Joshua Johnson

Austin Lanari

Austin Lanari

From the pandemic and social unrest, we stand together. It’s ironic that we’re called Versus
- Anthony on Community
May Tia Ly

May Tia Ly

Christian Miranda

Christian Miranda

John O'Connell

John O'Connell

Anthony Ruba

Anthony Ruba

Hans Pasricha
Hans Pasricha
Our Team
Alex Peachey
Matthew Pierce
Matthew Pierce
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Mari Skach

I’ve been commended on several occasions for asking either the question many people were thinking or the question no one had thought of yet. Both are important.
- Chris on Curiosity
Anthony Ruiz

Anthony Ruiz

Robert Shuttleworth

Robert Shuttleworth

Mike Spragg

Mike Spragg

Yona Warmin

Yona Warmin

Laura Webb

Laura Webb

Alicia Winding

Alicia Winding

Yulie Yoshimura

Yulie Yoshimura

Nora Last

Nora Last

It’s been wonderful to be a part of a company that values diversity and encourages employees to be their unique and authentic selves. Versus makes room for everyone to do their best work!
- Marisol on Diversity
Sweta Mohapatra

Sweta Mohapatra

Issa Johnson

Issa Johnson

Our Team

Dani Mohrbach

Board of Directors, Officers & Advisors

Matthew Pierce
Matthew Pierce

Matthew Pierce

Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr. Pierce has over 20 years of experience working in entertainment and technology. Prior to founding Versus Systems, Mr. Pierce was founder and CEO of OLabs, a company developed to create, incubate, and operate new companies that provide high-end software solutions for complex regulatory environments. His background also includes serving as the Vice President of Strategy at Originate, serving early stage startups, and time at Warner Bros and the Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Pierce teaches entrepreneurship and venture initiation at UCLA Anderson and in the economics department at UCLA. He has spoken at SXSW, Digital Hollywood, Pulse, and Digital Entertainment World. Mr. Pierce is a graduate of Stanford University and he earned his MBA from UCLA.

Craig Finster

President & Chief Financial Officer

Craig Finster

Craig Finster

Mr. Finster has over 15 years of experience in finance, accounting, and corporate development for technology companies. He previously served as the Managing Director of Originate’s Strategic Advisory Group, working with venture stage companies on strategic and financial issues. He previously spent four years leading the investment team at Originate, focusing on seed and early stage companies. Mr. Finster is the former CEO of a venture capital backed technology start-up, which was sold to strategic buyer. He holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and finance from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Our Team
Alex Peachey

Alex Peachey

Chief Technology Officer

As CTO of Versus Systems, Alex Peachey leads the architecture efforts for their Elixir-based platform. Leveraging over two decades of experience building data driven software systems, Alex leads a group of highly talented software engineers in developing the Versus Systems Winfinite challenge platform. Alex believes that their Elixir applications running on the Erlang/BEAM virtual machine allow Versus to create a highly robust and scalable system. The opportunity to build systems enabling video game developers to make their games more fun is exciting as Alex spends much of his free time playing a variety of video games with his son. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Western Washington University and an MBA from the University of Washington.

Javon Frazier

Advisor

Javon Frazier

Javon Frazier

Mr. Frazier currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at Studio 71, a leading digital media company owned by the ProSiebenSat.1 Group, where he oversees strategic business development for influencer brands. Frazier is an accomplished executive with a proven track record in the global media landscape with experience in all areas of media and entertainment, including film, television, digital media, publishing and gaming. Mr. Frazier has built several multi-million dollar brands over the past few years, including a card game called Joking Hazard, the Guava Juice toy subscription box, and most recently The Binding of Isaac: Four Souls table top game. His core competence lies in driving transactional revenue with new product launches, especially mobile games. Prior to joining Studio71, he worked at Marvel for close to a decade, starting in business development with the studio’s publishing and theatrical divisions. Here he helped launch Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, before rapidly moving on to the Marvel’s television arm as its Marketing Director, overseeing popular animated television series including Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Iron Man: Armored Adventures and Super Hero Squad. Frazier last served as the VP of Games Marketing for Marvel, where he launched over 40 games on global platforms, including properties like The Avengers, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Lego Marvel Super Heroes, and Disney Infinity.

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Michelle Gahagan

Michelle Gahagan

Director

Ms. Gahagan is currently a principal of a privately-held merchant bank based in Vancouver, British Columbia and London, England. Prior to the commencement of her involvement in merchant banking seven years ago, Ms. Gahagan graduated from Queens University Law School and practiced corporate law for 20 years. Ms. Gahagan has extensive experience advising companies with respect to international tax-driven structures, mergers and acquisitions.

Aaron Lassila

Advisor

Aaron Lassila

Aaron Lassila

Aaron most recently served as VP of Revenue for Activision Blizzard Media, leading sales efforts for one of the newest divisions of the company, dedicated to offering a network of hundreds of millions of monthly users to marketers for the first time. Previously, Aaron served as GM at MediaMath, the global leader in transparent and outcomes-based programmatic advertising technology for the Enterprise. Prior to MediaMath, Aaron spent nine years at Electronic Arts. In his last role, Aaron led revenue and partner marketing efforts for the Global Media Solutions division of the company, overseeing all strategic partnerships, ad sales, client services and go to market positioning for the company, globally.

Kevin Lloyd

Kevin Lloyd

Kevin Lloyd​

Mr. Lloyd is an experienced corporate litigator and business counselor, whose legal practice includes commercial litigation, securities litigation, corporate governance matters, intellectual property disputes, and white collar criminal defense. He is a founder of Aeras Fog, an electrostatic drone disinfection company, where he leads global corporate strategy, commercial partnerships, financing, and growth planning. He also is an investor in numerous family businesses including restaurants, escape rooms, and axe throwing facilities.

Avril Millar

Advisor

Avril Millar

Avril Millar

Avril Millar is a non-executive director of FxPro, PassFort and The Security Circle, and advises Kepler Partners and many others. A civil engineer by training, having then built her own Wealth Management business from the mid 80s over 20 years, she has spent the last decade since its sale entirely sector neutral, leveraging her extensive business knowledge, personal contacts and strategic vision to support her client companies and their Executive teams through step changes to sustainable success. She is also the author of The Kama Sutra of Work and the mother of an Olympian.

Keyvan Peymani

Keyvan Peymani

Keyvan Peymani

Director

Keyvan Peymani is a veteran senior executive and thought leader working at the intersection of technology, media, and venture capital. Mr. Peymani serves as the Head of Startup Marketing for Amazon Web Services and is responsible for the global marketing strategy. Prior, he served as a Venture Partner and Senior Advisor to Touchdown Ventures, a VC firm pairing with several leading corporations to establish and manage their platforms. He served as the Managing Director, Digital Strategy Division at ICM Partners, one of the world’s largest talent and literary agencies, and was the firm’s chief digital executive, reporting to the Executive Board. He also served as the Vice President of Direct to Consumer Business Planning and Operations at Warner Bros., where he led strategy, operations, planning and development for the division. In addition, he oversaw three business areas, including mobile apps, and worked on industry-leading forays into OTT, the first fully digital movie apps, the first screenings of movies in Facebook, and the acquisition of Flixster. Prior, he was the head of content acquisitions for catalog content and led the wholesales efforts at Netflix; he led alternative business development for Disney’s music group; and he was the Chief Operating Officer of Nettwerk Music Group. Mr. Peymani has a BA in Religious Studies and a BA in Neurobiology with concentrations in Neuroscience from Northwestern University. He holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA.

Kurt Spenser

Advisor

Kurt Spenser

Kurt Spenser

Kurt Spenser is a media and design expert who has worked with dozens of household brands, advertising agencies, and global entertainment networks, creating breakthrough content for television and interactive media. Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at Radley, Kurt has a deep understanding of world class brand building and marcom. He is also co-founder ROKA – one of the most disruptive makers of eyewear and technical sports apparel in the world.

David Spiegel

David Spiegel

David Spiegel

Advisor

Mr. Spiegel has spent the past decade in leadership positions at some of the most well-regarded publishers including his current role as Vice President of Digital Revenue for the LA Times. In prior roles as head of sales at New York Media (publisher of New York magazine), he led a complete business transformation, enabling the merger with Vox Media, where he served as vice president of sales. He has executive roles with other top brands in the publishing and media space including CNN, Buzz Feed and Inverse. David brings a wealth of experience in developing and implementing unique and effective marketing programs for a wide range of media enterprises and their partners.

Brian Tingle

Director

Brian Tingle

Brian Tingle

Mr. Tingle began his career in the Canadian banking sector, and has been involved in the capital markets for the past 20 years as an advisor, and also as a director, for both private and public companies. Brian is experienced in a range of corporate transactions including acquisitions, mergers, takeovers and financings; his speciality being the effective delivery of the due diligence process.

Jay Tucker

Jay Tucker

Jay Tucker

Advisor

Mr. Tucker is a marketer, educator and technology leader with more than 20 years of experience in the technology, academic and entertainment sectors. At UCLA’s Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment and Sports (MEMES), Tucker is responsible for the center’s vision, educational offerings and major events, including the annual PULSE conference and the MEMES Media, Entertainment and Sports Summer Institute. Previously, Tucker handled marketing and programs at the Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM) at USC’s Marshall School of Business. He founded Silicon Beach @USC, a two-day event featuring a venture competition and a conference focused on innovation, investment and new ventures related to technology and digital content.

Paul Vlasic

Director

Paul Vlasic

Paul Vlasic

Mr. Vlasic, serves as a Vice-President and Manager at Vlasic Investments, L.L.C. Mr. Vlasic is a Founding Partner at RSVP Capital. He founded Amplifinity, LLC. He co-founded RSVP Capital in 2007. In addition to his activities at RSVP, Mr. Vlasic serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of uRefer and as a Manager at Vlasic Investments (VILLCo). He also actively invests in new startups. He is a veteran entrepreneur who has led several companies in the technology space. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Amplifinity, LLC, and has been its Member of the Board of Directors since 2009. Mr. Vlasic served as the Chairman of O/E Automation and Head of Operations at O/E Systems. He began his career at Reynolds Metals Company, working in their sales organization. Mr. Vlasic serves on multiple boards within the Henry Ford Health System, The Henry Ford Foundation, and the University of Michigan College of Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship. He is a graduate of Rollins College and earned his M.B.A. with Distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Careen Yapp

Careen Yapp

Careen Yapp

Advisor

Careen Yapp most recently served as Vice President of Business Development and Account Management for Gaikai, a division of Sony Computer Entertainment. Prior to her work at Gaikai and Sony, Careen worked at Konami Digital Entertainment, D3 Publisher of America, and THQ. She is a board member of the Entertainment Software Association Foundation (ESAF) and Women in Games international. She has also served as a member of the Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association (LIMA) Board, and the Game Connection Advisory Board.