Aaron Sloup, Gameday co-founder and CEO, talks organizing tailgates, balancing being an entrepreneur and a family man and more
Twitter handle: @aaronsloup
Hometown: McPherson, Kansas. Home of the Bullpups!
Current neighborhood: Olathe
What I do: Lead strategy, product, partnerships, among other things for Gameday — reinvent what it means to be a fan on game day.
For readers who don’t know the Gameday app, tell us why they should download it: For fans, Gameday is the quickest way to get a group together for a sporting event — just tap “Get together” on the game you want. It’s invitations, RSVPs, the location and time of the tailgate, watch party or bar meetup, group chat, team schedules/matchups and tickets — all simplified and initiated by a single action — get together.
What’s your addiction? Coffee. So much more productive with it!
What’s your game? Foosball. We used to play once a day with the RFP365 team, but we’re in different offices now.
What’s your drink? Depends on the time of year. Tallgrass Halcyon in the summer, Boulevard Single-Wide IPA in the winter.
Where’s dinner? Blvd Tavern or Beer Kitchen
What’s on your KC postcard? Any one of the stadiums (Children’s Mercy Park, Kauffman, Arrowhead) or downtown from Liberty Memorial
Finish these sentences: “Kansas City got it right when …” We added the entrepreneurial focus to the Big 5 initiative.
“Kansas City screwed up when …” The city got too spread out — not that I’m helping that, living in the ’burbs, but having a strong urban core is important.
“Kansas City needs …” More open minds. A downtown stadium would be cool, too.
“As a kid, I wanted to be …” A baseball player, I think. I quickly realized that wasn’t going to happen.
“In five years, I’ll be …” Helping millions of people get together with the people who matter to them. Traveling with my wife and daughter.
“I always laugh at …” Narrow perspectives/closed minds.
“I’ve been known to binge watch …” House of Cards. Netflix is putting out a lot of great content right now.
“I can’t stop listening to …” The 1975, the Wombats, British indie stuff. Not sure how that started, but I’m good with it.
“My dream concert lineup is …” Those two would be a good start!
“I just read …” Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, by Adam Grant.
What’s your hidden talent? I’ve been known to dance and/or rap at a wedding or two.
What’s your guiltiest pleasure? Caffeine. Can’t live without it!
The best advice I ever got: There’s a famous quote, some people attribute it to Gandhi, although there’s no proof he ever said it. Either way, I think it’s pretty inspiring: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
Worst advice? The worst advice I ever gave was talking my friend Jared out of putting $50 on the White Sox to win the World Series in the spring of 2005 in Vegas. They went on to win the World Series that year, on something like 75:1 odds.
My sidekick? My 6-year-old daughter. She always wants to help out with whatever I’m working on.
What is your spirit animal? Tiger. Just took a quiz to find out.
Who is your hero? Probably my wife. She’s pretty great.
Who (or what) is your nemesis? Black licorice. It’s a very polarizing snack.
What’s your greatest struggle right now? Balancing everything. Growing a startup and having a family are two very big roles.
My favorite toy as a child: Legos. Loved building stuff and coming up with new creations.
My dating triumph/tragedy: Nothing too crazy or noteworthy I can think of.
My brush with fame: Danced onstage at an MC Hammer concert. Coached Patrick Ewing’s daughter in basketball.
My soapbox: More and more I’ve realized that life is about experiences, especially the ones you share with the people who matter to you. Hoping that more people start to feel the same way.
What was the last thing you had to apologize for? Forgot to e-mail someone back.
My recent triumph: Just landed a good-sized partnership. Our team is pretty excited.