About Us

Sidelines was founded by Arka Ray and Marios Assiotis -- long-time friends who've spent a lot of time over the years passionately debating everything from the impact of Tom Brady's latest haircut on the AFC East to superiority of She-Ra over He-Man.

We often wondered why the kind of fun and often (unintentionally) thought-provoking banter that we spent hours on were sorely lacking online. With the great content on it, the Internet was still the domain of trolls, trash-talkers, and those looking for a digital soapbox to rant.

Some of our favorite websites were plagued with this problem, and we saw first-hand how this diluted our experience on these sites. So we decided to build something that would help publishers tap into the vast potential of rich, smart discussions. And that thing was Sidelines.

The Team

Arka Ray

Founder & CEO

Before Sidelines, Arka was a Business Development Manager at Microsoft in the Xbox LIVE division, where he negotiated several multi-million dollar deals with game publishers. Arka went to UC Berkeley and holds a BSc in Computer Science. He spends an obscene amount of time following sports (the Cal Golden Bears, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Roger Federer and Michael Schumacher are his favorites) and watching every movie and TV show he can find in his quest to become a pop-culture deity.

Marios Assiotis

Founder & CTO

Marios is the chief code monkey with over a decade of professional development experience. As a Sr Software Engineer at Microsoft in the Hotmail storage platform, he helped store bits faster, cheaper and more reliably. Marios holds a BSc in Computer Science from MIT. When he’s not writing code, he’s either snowboarding, cooking elaborate meals for his friends or obsessively reading Hacker News.

Skaff Elias

Game Design Consultant

The most recent addition to the Sidelines team, Skaff, was one of the first designers of the game, Magic: The Gathering. As a Senior Vice President at Wizards of the Coast, Skaff was the primary architect of the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour and the organized play system behind the Pokemon card game. When he’s not working, Skaff is busy hiking with his kids and maintaining the highest (enjoyment of playing basketball)/(skill at playing basketball) ratio of any person that has ever lived.

Contact Us

444 Castro St. Suite 1200, Mountain View, CA 94041