Nigel Eccles

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Nigel Eccles
Alma materUniversity of St. Andrews
EmployerFlick
TitleCEO

Nigel Eccles is a technology entrepreneur currently serving as the CEO of the group chat company Flick. He is best known for being the co-founder and CEO of Hubdub and FanDuel.[1][2][3]

Career[edit]

Eccles launched the online political prediction market Hubdub in 2007.[4] He admitted that Hubdub "didn’t really have a good business model," which made him change the focus of the company.[5] Hubdub later turned into FanDuel.[6]

Eccles co-founded the daily fantasy company FanDuel in 2009.[7] Starting in 2016, he oversaw the planning of the merger between FanDuel and Draftkings.[8] However, the Federal Trade Commission blocked the merger from taking place in 2017.[9]

In November 2017 Eccles left FanDuel to pursue a new venture in the esports industry.[10]

In January 2018, Eccles co-founded an Edinburgh-based video game and social streaming platform Flick.[11]

In May of 2020, Eccles worked with Scott Greenberg and Mike Kuchera to create StarStock, a website focused around buying and selling sports cards. In March of 2021, StarStock raised $8 million in a round of funding, with investors including Andreesen Horowitz and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FanDuel CEO and co-founder Nigel Eccles is leaving to start an eSports company". Recode. 20 November 2017.
  2. ^ "FanDuel CEO and co-founder Nigel Eccles is leaving to start an eSports company". Digit.
  3. ^ "FanDuel: Tyrone man Nigel Eccles will soon be Northern Ireland's newest billionaire". Belfast Telegraph. 22 July 2015.
  4. ^ ""Twisted And Mischaracterized": How FanDuel's CEO Is Fighting Back Against Detractors". Fast Company. 18 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Nigel Eccles: knowing when to "pivot" key for entrepreneurs". The Scotsman. 10 January 2017.
  6. ^ "The $11,000,000 Round: Interview with "The Godfather" Nigel Eccles". Rotogrinders.
  7. ^ "FanDuel founder Nigel Eccles leaves company". BBC. 20 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Daily Fantasy Sports Sites DraftKings And FanDuel Agree To Merge". NPR. 18 November 2016.
  9. ^ "FanDuel is weighing whether to drop its merger with DraftKings". Recode. 11 July 2017.
  10. ^ "FanDuel CEO, Co-Founder Eccles to Leave Company". The Wall Street Journal. 20 November 2017.
  11. ^ "FanDuel co-founders launch new esports venture in Edinburgh". Future Scot. 23 January 2018.
  12. ^ Tim Casey (April 1, 2021). "StarStock, An Online Sports Cards Marketplace, Raises $8 Million In Series A Funding". Forbes.