Interview With: Ryan Parr, founder
Is their more then one founder? If so, who are they?
Only one - Ryan Parr
What is your background and qualifications?
I have worked in the sports industry for the past four years and have been a fantasy sports fans for nearly 15. I graduated cum laude from James Madison University with a triple major in Economics, Marketing, and Marketing Information Systems with a minor in Computer Information Systems.
What does your website do?
Fantazzle provides short term fantasy games you can play for free or for an entry fee. All of our games give out cash prizes to the winners and are geared towards fantasy fanatics, individuals who do not want a season commitment, those who always seem to have issues getting leagues formed with their friends for various reasons, and others who may have had bad years in their traditional leagues and still want to have something on the line in fantasy games.
At Fantazzle, you can create a fantasy team any day of the week and have fun rooting for your players during the pro games. The site offers several different types of games for fantasy football, baseball, basketball, golf, and auto racing games.
How do you generate revenue? If through ads, what ad network do you use?
We generate revenue by charging an administration fee upon game entry for setting up leagues and running the site.
How have your marketed your site?
Fantazzle is slowly ramping up its marketing and has used a number of different avenues including pay per click, banner ads, press releases, and working with non-competing sites to exchange exposure.
Funding: Self funded, Angel Investment, or Venture Capital?
Fantazzle is currently being funded by myself and friends and family.
Are You currently looking for funding?
Yes, we are actively looking for a partner to raise capital. We would like to find someone who believes in the opportunity and can add funding and resources to build something profitable and industry changing.
What type(s) of technology do you use?
We use PHP programming throughout the site to communicate with our back-end software. We also use an XML feed to connect with our stats provider.
What is your favorite feature on your website?
One of the coolest things Fantazzle offers is called FantaStock. You earn FantaStock when you do certain activities on the site like creating an account, making deposits, and more ways like playing games to come.
You can use the FantaStock you earn to play in all of our games so its like free cash. While these types of loyalty programs are not groundbreaking, the FantaStock votes we will hold are. After every sports season concludes, we will hold shareholder votes for all of our players to vote on how Fantazzle runs its site and games.
Votes will be on things like our scoring system, roster requirements, blog content, etc.The more shares you have, the more your opinion counts. This feature will put our players in power of how Fantazzle evolves.
Any Bold Predictions for Sports and Technology in the future?
As your site can attest, its an exciting time for the sports and fantasy sports online world. The development of Web 2.0 is really spurring the voice of the sports fan through social communities. All of the content and distribution of it will be a major benefit for fantasy sports. There are going to be some great innovations that will change the way we now play and view fantasy games and will make an already growing past time even bigger.