Chris Staymates is responsible for driving customer success by leading all aspects of software ideation and delivery. Prior to joining IZEA, Chris was the Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering at SPLYT, which was acquired by Knetik in 2015. Under the leadership of Chris, SPLYT developed a cloud-based platform for data collection, data visualization, multi-variant testing, and application optimization. Chris was recently granted a patent as a co-inventor of the technology.
Prior to switching his professional focus to data and analytics, Chris was entrenched in online game development. He was a Co-Founder of Row Sham Bow, and online game developer and creator of Gamasutra’s Social Game of the Year, Woodland Heroes. In addition to developing, planning and operating the game systems, Chris served as data scientist for all released games, delivering insights to production and operations.
Earlier in his career, Chris served as Software Architect and Lead Engineer for Electronics Arts, where he lead a team of thirty engineers and owned the software architecture road map for key console franchises, including “Madden NFL,” “NCAA Football,” and “NFL Blitz.” In addition, he designed and led the implementation of ‘SuperSim’ at EA, a cross-platform, cross product football simulation engine.
Chris is a Cum Laude graduate of The University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Science & Engineering. He serves on the Industry Advisory Board of the University of Central Florida Computer Science Department and the Industry Advisory Board for the Game and Simulation Programming Department at DeVry University. He is also a Co-Founder of Canvs, a co-working space and nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Central Florida’s startup community.