“Invest in people, not ideas” — Classical investor wisdom
What makes a project successful is always a mix of several things like execution, market timing, and a bit of luck.
Nearly everyone will agree that it’s preferable to invest in a project supported by a strong team with a bad idea than in a weak team with a great idea.
Now, we think both our ideas and our team are great. We already exposed our vision and today you get to meet the team in more detail!
Thomas Zaepffel — CEO
After brilliant studies at the Ecole Polytechnique and HEC Paris, Thomas started as an M&A analyst for Deutsche Bank where he worked for Vivendi, EDF & the French State among others.
He started his high-tech start-up in 2014, Adot, which he led to 100+ people in 4 years. Once Adot sold for $50M+, he started investing in real estate & crypto. After several years as an investor, Thomas is ready to take the lead on this new journey!
Cool Chess Fact: Thomas is the official doppleganger of Magnus Carlsen.
David Cingala — CTO
David is a 29 year old French developer. He led the front end dev team in one the biggest French ad-tech companies before starting his web and mobile agency based in Estonia.
Cool Chess Fact: David doesn’t even know how to play chess.
Geoffroy Mestrallet — Head of Partnerships
Geoffroy, 31, is an entrepreneur, passionate about tech and real estate. He advised dozens of tier 1 startups and is well known for his business development skills and sprawling networks. He led the JLL tech department for 3 years and entered the blockchain industry as an investor before turning into an actor of the ecosystem.
Cool Chess Fact: Geoffroy is colorblind but this doesn’t affect his chess skills. Also, his initials are GM.
Alexandre Raffin — Advisor
Alexandre is the Co-Founder and CEO of GAINS Associates, one of the leading crypto communities and decentralized VC, with 15k+ members. Boasting an impressive investment track record, Alexandre knows this space extremely well.
Before crypto, he reached the top 300 Europe at LoL.
Cool Chess Fact: Alexandre has played against Sardoche, the winner of Pogchamps 3.
Phuc Vo Van — Head of Design
Phuc, 32 years old, has 10 years+ of design experience. With a varied background, having worked with big ad companies like Publicis, in the luxury industry and even IoT, Phuc is an entrepreneur at heart.
He created his brand of leather goods, Le Trapèze, and recently joined a top 10 French Fintech.
Cool Chess Fact: Phuc likes to play the Queen’s Gambit opening.
Efflam Daniel — Lead Developper
Efflam is 32 year old fullstack developer. He studied Computer Science and Graphic Design at Gobelins, l’école de l’image.
After leading the developement of several award wining projects mixing art and code at Publicis, he started his own consulting activity helping top companies and startups building successful web and mobile products.
Cool Chess Fact: Efflam built his own chess board made of wood when he was younger.
Stay tuned for our next announcements, we’re very excited to get started and reveal our beautiful platform — Thomas
About Immortal Game
Immortal Game is the World’s First Chess NFT Ecosystem. With gamification, value redistribution, and exclusive content unlocking, we intend to revolutionize the way chess players, fans and content creators interact.