The Team

Nik Bonaddio, CEO and Founder

Nik has extensive experience in the startup industry, serving as the Creative Director for several funded and profitable companies, including Spongecell (Halo/IPG) and WorkMarket (USV/Spark Capital). Prior to the startup world, he was at Yahoo, where he was the lead designer for the OpenID/oAuth implementations, as well as the lead designer for all payment and checkout screens.

Nik is a honors graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, with a Bachelors Degree in Information Systems/Communication Design in 2004, and a Masters Degree in Information Systems Management in 2005. During his time at Carnegie Mellon, Nik was awarded several AIGA Student honors, and was a two-time All-American and fourteen-time All-Conference athlete.

His favorite office snack is Chocolate Teddy Grahams.

Keith Goldner, Chief Analyst

Keith has worked with three NBA franchises - including the Oklahoma City Thunder and Philadelphia 76ers - performing extensive statistical analysis and data management. In addition, he has worked with ESPN and the Wall Street Journal, contributing analysis across multiple platforms.

Keith graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Mathematics. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and his sports analytics research has been featured at conferences across the nation. Keith was recently named to Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 list for young disruptors, innovators and entrepreneurs in the sports industry.

His favorite office snack is Chex Mix.

Adam Kaplan, Chief Operating Officer

Adam brings to the team significant sales and business development experience, having served as the Director of National Accounts and Strategic Partnerships at Yext, where he moved up the ranks from a part of the sales team to Sales Manager to Director in just two years.

Adam is a 2008 graduate of the University of Arizona, with a BA in Urban Planning and Business Management.

His favorite office snack is Cheerios.

JJ Zachariason, Editor-In-Chief

JJ comes from the ad agency world, working with Fortune 500 consumer brands throughout his young career. He published his first e-book in 2012, The Late Round Quarterback, highlighting a logical strategy for fantasy football enthusiasts. Since, he’s been featured on sites like NBC Sports’ Rotoworld, and has had numerous spots on SiriusXM Fantasy radio.

JJ graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a Certificate in Digital Media.

His favorite office snack is almonds. Preferably the unsalted variety.

Amar Rao, Software Engineer

Amar brings years of technical experience to numberFire. Previously to joining the team, he was an SDE at Prior to that he has interned at Apple and Amazon. Amar was born and raised in Pittsburgh and is a big fan of all Pittsburgh sports.

Amar graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2012 with a Bachelors of Computer Science.

Amar doesn't work out of numberFire HQ, so he doesn't have an official favorite office snack. Boo.

Sam Hauss, Projections Associate

Sam comes to numberFire after spending several years in the advertising industry working on branding projects for many major sports brands and professional franchises, including the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles. He is also a long time contributor to numberFire on the content side. Born and raised in New Jersey, Sam is a life-long New York sports fan despite living in Philadelphia for several years.

Sam is a 2010 graduate of Syracuse University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising Management.

His favorite office snack is Ritz Cheese Crackers.

Matt Steedle, Software Engineer

Matt is another team member born and raised in Pittsburgh and his favorite team is the Penguins. Prior to joinging the team, Matt was an SDE II at Microsoft.

Matt graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011 with a Bachelors in Computer Science. He also minored in Mathematics. Matt likes to play ice hockey in his free time.

His favorite office snack is Sour Patch Watermelon.

Brandon Gdula, Editor

Brandon is the Associate Editor at numberFire. He has earned a bachelor's in English Literature and a minor in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. He also earned a master's in Journalism and Mass Communication (and a concentration in International Finance for some reason) at Point Park University in Pittsburgh.

When not watching sports, Brandon is most likely with his wife, writing fiction, or lifting weights.

His favorite office snack is oatmeal. How wholesome!

Jim Sannes, Editor

Jim comes to numberFire with a background in print and broadcast journalism, previously working in radio before joining the team. While writing about fantasy sports in his spare time, Jim was able to provide play-by-play commentary for nine different sports at events such as the Gator Bowl, various Big Ten tournaments, and NCAA tournament games.

Jim graduated from Northwestern University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and a minor in political science. He grew up in Minnesota and is a fan of the Minnesota Twins, New York Jets, and all things NASCAR.

His favorite office snack is Chex Mix.

Matt Dirzulaitis, Community Manager

Matt is a 2015 graduate of the University of Richmond, where he received a BSBA, concentrating in Marketing and Finance. Born and raised in NYC, Matt is a diehard New York Knicks and Giants fan.

His favorite office snack is Haribo peaches.

Tom Meredith, Software Engineer

Tom graduated from Skidmore College in 2011 with a BA in Ancient Greek and Religion and is a lifelong New Yorker. Before coming to numberFire, Tom switched focus to web development and did full stack and front end engineering in the publishing industry for Scientific American as well as smaller design firms around NYC. He is a fervent Yankees, Knicks and Giants fan.

His favorite office snack is Total.

Lemieux, Office Cat

Named after the greatest hockey player of all-time, Lemieux is the office cat and unofficial mascot of the numberFire team.

Lemieux brings a lot of attitude and sass into the office environment, in the rare instances when she is not sleeping in the sun on the windowsill. She is also responsible for large delays in productive work, due to laying on all of our computers and demanding to be fed.

Her favorite office snack is Fancy Feast Sea Captain's Choice.


RRE Ventures
NYU Innovation Venture Fund
Correlation Ventures
SK Ventures
Penny Black
Entrepreneur's Roundtable Accelerator
David Tisch
David Carvajal
Dave Lerner
Max Burger-Calderon
George Kliavkoff
Charles Smith
Kevyn Bazzy
Ken Miller
Alain Benzaken
Jim Pallotta
Jason Port
Adam Liebman
Mike Morini