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  • fishcakeking

    FCK

    How I Learned to Stop Hating on Fan Duel

    It is very easy to take pot shots from the cheap seats. However when you I was able to put a human voice and face to the extensive efforts fan duel is making to create a player friendly site I changed my tune.

    Based on conversations I feel that FD has been focused on growing the industry size and not entirely on the user experience. That makes sense. It is my feeling that you will see constant tinkering and experimentation to help find the sweet spot for DFS Players.

    Being open minded and in touch with all levels of DFS Players will help all that play. Having extensive experience with similar companies I know that some changes will work and some won’t, but in trying we all can find comfort.

    FCK

  • tipster808

    From their AMA thread, it definitely sounds like they’re working on user experience too. It’s just that that comes a lot slower right now given their situation.

  • BMXracer

    FanDuel is in an interesting spot, you can bet they are working their asses off trying to improve the site so everyone doesn’t jumpship to DraftKings. Sometimes being the biggest the fastest isn’t a good thing.

  • Putz

    @BMXracer said…

    FanDuel is in an interesting spot, you can bet they are working their asses off trying to improve the site so everyone doesn’t jumpship to DraftKings. Sometimes being the biggest the fastest isn’t a good thing.

    In various industries, many companies have survived the long haul by adapting to change. There are always innovators who are extremely successful and make their $$ early, but fade away because they fail to adapt to the dynamic environment, whether it be their customers, governance, technology, or whatever. As some suggest, DFS is in its infancy, or maybe it is undergoing a growth spurt. Regardless, today’s hero may be tomorrow’s happy hour tale.

  • tipster808

    One of the biggest advantages FanDuel has is they’ve seen more than anyone else because they’re much bigger than anyone else. If they’re smart, then they’ve probably learned more about ecosystem/player-value/marketing/leveraging-liquidity than anyone in the space. That’s incredibly important in an industry where all those things trump product. Because let’s be upfront about this. Like poker, this is an industry where liquidity is king over product. I’ll live with a less good product if the liquidity is awesome on a site – and so will you. That’s what makes this industry so interesting, it’s different from many others where the best product usually does win. Here, there’s no guarantee a good product does anything for you.

    But FanDuel’s biggest advantage remains marketing. They are light years ahead of everyone else in getting newbies through the door.

  • Putz

    @tipster808 said…

    One of the biggest advantages FanDuel has is they’ve seen more than anyone else because they’re much bigger than anyone else. If they’re smart, then they’ve probably learned more about ecosystem/player-value/marketing/leveraging-liquidity than anyone in the space. That’s incredibly important in an industry where all those things trump product. Because let’s be upfront about this. Like poker, this is an industry where liquidity is king over product. I’ll live with a less good product if the liquidity is awesome on a site – and so will you. That’s what makes this industry so interesting, it’s different from many others where the best product usually does win. Here, there’s no guarantee a good product does anything for you.

    But FanDuel’s biggest advantage remains marketing. They are light years ahead of everyone else in getting newbies through the door.

    How many employees have migrated from FD to DK? Are they all under a non-compete? If not, that IC/knowledge can be transferred. Been done before in tech.

  • winsome

    @Putz said…

    How many employees have migrated from FD to DK? Are they all under a non-compete? If not, that IC/knowledge can be transferred. Been done before in tech.

    Non compete’s are very difficult to enforce in most states/instances. (Outside of contractual obligations such as principal’s, board members, etc…) I doubt any of these companies offers contracts to developers in an At Will environment. More likely they just implement NDA’s.

  • tipster808

    @Putz said…

    How many employees have migrated from FD to DK? Are they all under a non-compete? If not, that IC/knowledge can be transferred. Been done before in tech.

    No idea, but my guess would be none even though we’d never know about it. Poaching is exceedingly rare at places still with VC money (or at least whatever stage we’re in with DFS right now). That’s more of something an established business would do – like Apple or Google. Reason being is it’s very expensive to do something like that.

  • joonbae

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    Apple probably gets 10x more haters than Acer even though the later is probably much worse in every dimension – from product quality to support center responsiveness to software add-ons, and so on. Fanduel is the leader in the space and consequently probably gets a lot more scrutiny. Comes with the territory I suppose …

  • fishcakeking

    FCK

    I’m proud of.what FD has been able to accomplish in a few short years. There are product changes I would like to see, but that is personal preference.

    I will.continue to play a lot on dk , not because fd is evil or bad, but because im addicted to late swap. Some.people hate late swap, which I respect entirely.

    Ill still play most of their single entry gpps on the daily.

    Much love to FD. Keep fighting the good fight.

    FCK

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