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Nov 24, 2020

This week on πŸ’«β€œI’m a Millionaire. So Now What?” πŸ’« - how a professional hockey player became a startup founder! πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’


I love LinkedIn for meeting new members of the Self Made Nation.


That’s where I connected with Kris McCarthy, Co-Founder and COO of FanSaves, a sports-focused mobile couponing platform, offering discounts and deals from sponsors. πŸˆβš½οΈπŸ€


We talk:


βœ… Building teams from the ground up.

βœ… How an impressive advisory board can help a startup.

βœ… Diving in - not worrying about getting big funding first.

βœ… And lessons learned from less than perfect growth experiences.


Because one thing is certain when you’re building a company - there are bound to be hiccups along the way!


Have a listen!



Prince Edward Island born, Ottawa raised Kris McCarthy is the Co-Founder and COO of FanSaves, a digital platform that gives users discounts and deals from the sponsors and affiliated brands of their favourite sports teams, organizations, eSports teams, schools, Chambers of Commerce, events, influencers, media and more. A true athlete and team player, Kris played pro hockey until an injury forced him to pivot. His passion for sports paired with a business degree from SUNY Potsdam led him into the world of Sports Marketing.


While selling sponsorship for two minor professional hockey teams he and his co-founder were managing in 2017, they quickly realized there was a β€œhole” in the sports marketing/sponsorship world – and set out to fill it! Business owners wanted to be able to reach their target market digitally while being able to measure their return on investment with data. And voila! The concept of FanSaves was born.