Team

Members

  • Rob Shelc

    Chief Technology Officer

    Rob has been involved with the tech side of startups for the last 10 years. After graduating from RIT with a degree in Computer Science, he joined a small team at ScoreBig.com and helped the website grow from 0 to over 3 million users. During his tenure, the company raised over $50 million and saw yearly revenues close to $100 million. After ScoreBig.com, Rob launched an app into the App Store and has worked on multiple crypto projects. He specializes in leading and managing overseas teams and architecting scalable systems.

  • Bobby Markowitz

    Chief Strategy Officer

    Bobby is the Chief Strategy Officer of StarsGroup and the Only4Stars International Sports & Entertainment Corporation Ltd (ISEC). He is responsible for growth strategy, promotional development and sponsorship activation for the company and its clients.  For the past 15 years, he has been a catalyst in the rapid growth of multiple sports & gaming tech start-ups both in North America and Europe including CBS SportsLine, Sports.com, 1Up.com and partypoker. Bobby’s experience combines online & offline marketing, new business development, sponsorships activation and customer acquisition.  Prior to joining the online revolution, he started at SportsRadio 560 WQAM where he was Sports Sponsorship Specialist for the Florida Marlins Radio Network

  • IronBay Digital

    Development Team

    Ironbay is a consultancy group comprised of seasoned technologists specializing in distributed systems and real time web applications. Collectively, the team has experience solving large scale problems for companies like Google and IBM as well as guiding younger startups through growing pains.

  • George Kazianis

    Co-Founder & President

    George is the Co-Founder and President of Only4Stars and the O4Stars International Sports and Entertainment Corporation (ISEC). He was a licensed FIFA player agent and official agent for the Hellenic Football Federation. Over his 30 years in the football industry, he has built up a client list of elite youth and well-established players. Furthermore, George is renowned and widely recognized by major football clubs, such as AFC Ajax, FC Internationale Milano, and Bayer 04 Leverkusen, for his scouting prowess, youth camps, emphasis on developing young talent and professionalism. He also has managed to acquire the exclusive rights to start building the Ajax brand name in Southern Europe, starting with Greece and Cyprus. Previously, George was the owner of AllStar Sports Consultancy, a Players & Match Agency in Athens, Greece.

  • Daniel Taylor

    CO-Founder & CEO

    Daniel is the Co-founder and CEO of StarsGroup and the Only4Stars International Sports & Entertainment Corporation Ltd (ISEC). Only4stars is a global football, marketing, match and sports tourism agency that specializes in developing and managing elite youth players, high-profile players, and coaches around the world. Additionally, Daniel is the Co-founder and COO of Tipster, an IOS App and Web Widget that lets you get personalized style advice from vetted influencers. Tipster, a two sided marketplace, has been featured in Vogue, WWD, Yahoo Style, and Good Day New York.  Daniel is an ex-professional football player, Brown University Graduate, and StartX S’ 17 Alum, Stanford University’s Accelerator Program.  He currently sits on the board of advisors for Rise.Cool Blockchain, a transparent and efficient marketplace for brands and influencers to partner on campaigns, and Avalanche Labs Ltd, a niche social media growth hacking agency. Previously, Daniel Taylor worked in the Goldman Sachs Securities Division and at Brightwood Capital, a mezzanine private equity firm.

Advisors

  • Sokratis Papastathopoulos

    Football Advisor

    Sokratis is a world renown football player and captain for global powerhouse Borussia Dortmund. Prior to joining Dortmund, Sokratis played for the likes of AEK Athens, Genoa, AC Milan and Werder Bremen. He is also a member of the Greek National Team where he plays as the starting Center Back. Sokratis is an accomplished professional with many years ahead of him. He brings an expertise that is matched by few and a knowledge of the global professional football realm from both a player and team perspective.

  • Mario van der Ende

    Football Advisor

    Mario is a former football referee, with the experience of supervising five FIFA World Cup matches. Aside from the World Cup, Mario has also refereed top competitions within Europe, including the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup. With over 15 years of experience as a referee, Mario bridges the connection to FIFA and UEFA. Mario has since been involved in bridging efforts to provide transparency to football and integrating referees with the global image of the sport.

  • Christopher Mitchell

    Legal Advisor

    Christopher has practiced law for over the past 12 years, specializing in the digital media and technology legal landscape. Prior to starting his own firm, Christopher was an attorney for the Law Offices of Laurence Kramer PLLC where he represented major banks and leading institutions on various legal matters related to corporate structures and real estate transactions. Christopher started his firm out of a desire to help small businesses, entrepreneurs and creative artists as he brings over a decade of experience to an evolving client base.

  • Hristo Stoichkov

    Football Advisor

    Hristo is an ex-professional footballer with decades of experience as both a player, manager and commentator; having played for the likes of FC Barcelona, CSKA Sofia, Chicago Fire and DC United. Hristo is a decorated athlete, winning the highly coveted Ballon d’Or in 1994 and is recognized by man as the greatest Bulgarian footballer of all-time. He was the top scorer on the 1994 Bulgarian National that finished fourth at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Hristo’s decades of success and global international presence bring an expertise that is unparalleled by most within the football industry.

  • Ian Stafford

    Football Advisor

    Ian Stafford is a multiple award-winning sportswriter, author, broadcaster, speaker and sports media company director. He has covered every major sporting event globally for the past 25 years, interviewed most of the world’s top sports stars over the same period of time and has written for many of the UK’s national newspapers and national and international magazines. Ian has also written 15 published books – a number of them best-sellers – been a regular face on terrestrial and satellite television and voice on national radio and is a speaker and compere at sports events around the UK. Ian also launched Sportsvibe.co.uk and is a consultant for various media and PR organizations. Ian founded and launched the London Sporting Club, the first ever private members club for sport and the business of sport, in April 2017. He serves as Club Chairman.

  • Jan Olde Riekerink

    Football Advisor

    Jan is an ex-professional footballer with decades of experience as both a player and coach. Most recently, Jan served as the head coach for Galatasaray, a top division club in Turkey, where he led them to a victory in the 2016 Turkish Cup Final. Jan has a truly global presence as his experiences have brought him across countless borders: Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium, Turkey, Ukraine, and China, amongst others. Jan has a plethora of experiences building football organizations and implementing a positive philosophy in playing culture.

  • Vasilis Torosidis

    Football Advisor

    Vasilis is a storied professional with years of experience at top European clubs. He has played for the likes of Roma, Olympiacos and Bologna, where he competed amongst the sport’s elite in some of Europe’s most competitive tournaments and leagues. Vasilis currently serves as the captain of the Greek national team, where he is the first defender in team history to record 10 international goals. In 2009-2010, Vasilis was awarded the recognition of “Greek Football Player of the Year”. Vasilis is a seasoned veteran that brings years of experience and leadership in the world’s most global sport, football.

  • Rahul Mehta

    Accounting Advisor

    Rahul is a Director at Parker Lloyds Group, an accounting firm that offers a broad range of financial products and a network of specialist activities including raising capital, financial planning, energy, technology and wealth management. The firm specializes in Accountancy, setting up onshore and offshore companies, Shipping, Aviation, Oil &Gas, Mining, Telecoms Technology, Renewable Energy Products, Real Estate, Commodities Financing, and the financing of Formula 1 and Professional Football teams.

  • Desmond Graves

    Technology Advisor

    Desmond Graves is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Science Blockchain, cryptocurrency consultant, and advisor to a number of crypto projects. Additionally, Desmond is the Co-founder of Rise.Cool Blockchain, a transparent and efficient marketplace for brands and influencers to partner on campaigns. He entered cryptocurrency in 2013 and later started a data-driven crypto fund. He is an expert in on data analysis, business strategy, and crypto investment.

  • Andrew Duplessie

    Blockchain Advisor

    Andrew is a startup founder, with two exits. He is a Stanford University StartX alum. Andrew has been in cryptocurrency since 2011, launching the first algorithmic trading fund. Andrew is the co-founder of Rise.Cool Blockchain, a transparent and efficient marketplace for brands and influencers to partner on campaigns. He is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Science-Inc and a Venture Partner at Science Blockchain. Andrew formed Avalanche labs with Daniel, in which they have built over 30 “theme” Instagram’s, with a total reach of 250 million followers. He specializes in growth hacking and building engaged audiences.