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Oct. 2, 2020

#191: Tom Pardikes, Co-Founder & CEO of GameSense Sports, Developers of Technology that Tests and Trains the Fast In-Game Decisions of Athletes

#191: Tom Pardikes, Co-Founder & CEO of GameSense Sports, Developers of Technology that Tests and Trains the Fast In-Game Decisions of Athletes

Tom is the CEO and Co-founder of .  For the past decade, Tom has been designing and building sports-related technologies. He helped build several sport technology companies serving as Director of Product Development for Cyton8 Sports and...


Tom is the CEO and Co-founder of GameSense Sports.  For the past decade, Tom has been designing and building sports-related technologies. He helped build several sport technology companies serving as Director of Product Development for Cyton8 Sports and NeuroSport Performance. He was Director of Sports Science and Performance at Elite Sports Services as well. He has helped develop multiple devices and software designed to test and train high-speed decision-making, situational decision-making, attention and autonomic control. Tom played college football at Humboldt State University.  Following college, Tom was invited to play and later coach in the European football leagues. When Tom isn’t chasing around a very active 3-year old he enjoys playing music, gardening, biking, hiking and snowboarding.

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Some of the Topics Covered by Tom Pardikes in this Episode

  • What GameSense is and how it got started
  • How Tom started working with professional sports teams
  • What the MVP for GameSense Sports looked like
  • How Tom financed the company initially
  • Why Tom decided to go through the Techstars accelerator with GameSense Sports and the traction they had prior to applying
  • The business model behind GameSense Sports
  • How Tom is going about educating potential customers for his product
  • The importance of creating a unique metric for GameSense Sports
  • Building trust with customers
  • How Tom looks at expanding into other sports besides baseball and softball
  • The factors Tom is considering when deciding which markets to expand into
  • The biggest challenge of being a first-time founder
  • Impactful books for Tom
  • How Tom recharges away from work

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