Meet The Judges
Anthony Frasier a native of Newark, NJ is the co-founder of former mobile startup Playd and the award winning gaming site TheKoalition.com. Anthony Started The Koalition when he recognized the lack of urban opinions in video games. The Koalition has become the top hip hop and gaming website ignited by partnerships with 50 Cent’s ThisIs50.com, Microsoft Xbox 360, and top gaming publisher Electronic Arts. The Koalition was also featured and recognized by Eminem’s Shade45, Kotaku, Black Web 2.0, and more. The Koalition has won a Black Weblog Award in technology
Anthony was also profiled on CNN Black in America: The New Promised Land – Silicon Valley hosted by Soledad O’Brien. The documentary followed Anthony throughout the summer of 2011 as he took on the race issue in Silicon Valley. The documentary was a success with more than 1 million viewers. CNN Money also listed Anthony as one of 8 minorities helping to diversify Silicon Valley.
Anthony launched the mobile app Playd in December of 2012. Playd brought together gamers across multiple platforms to share their gaming activity to popular social networks. Playd also allows gamers to discover new titles, friends, and earn rewards from various video game publishers.
Upon returning to Newark, Anthony has launched BrickCity Tech, a group dedicated to developing a tech scene in his hometown. In 2012 Anthony was listed on NBC The Grio’s 100: Making History Today list for his acclaimed work. Also featured on TechCrunch, Mashable, Black Enterprise, The Guardian, and PC Mag.
Marcus Damas is an American Entrepreneur, retired professional basketball player, and devoted husband and father based in New York City. Before playing in Sweden’s professional basketball league for the Solna Vikings, Marcus played Small Forward for the Towson Tigers, Towson University’s NCAA Division 1 team in the state of Maryland, where he is on the top 20 all time scoring list.
Following his basketball career, Marcus returned to New York City to pursue a career in creative leadership as the Founder and CEO of Fueled by Culture. Fueled by Culture is a burgeoning creative marketing agency that specializes in connecting and empowering brands with influencers through innovative content and experiential event programming. FBC clients and partners include Avion, Lyft, Hooch, and Postmates to name a few. Marcus Damas is also a key note speaker at marketing conferences around the world.
Derek Peterson is the CEO / Founder of Soter Technologies a software products company focused on creating social media awareness tools for safer schools and communities. He has a proven track record in rapidly growing high and software companies. He previously held senior and key roles at IPS, Symbol Technologies ($1.6B NYSE company), and Neohapsis (bought by Cisco). He co-founded CBD, Inc. in 2003 in order to apply his experience to assist emerging technologies in libraries and public schools. At CBD he developed an award-winning package for securing and managing public computers.