One Player Down Exits stage left

The One Player Down story ends

The main announcement first, we have been taken over by the great guys at Footy Addicts

What this means is that all the OPD community that was more interested in Football will be very well looked after, these guys really know what they are doing.

For the non-footballing members for the OPD community, it is time to start playing football.

According to a survey conducted by FIFA published in 2001, over 240 million people from more than 200 countries regularly play football. Football has the highest global television audience in sport.

Unfortunately, there are not any worthwhile sites around catering to all sports, maybe someone should build one.

Let’s have a look at Footy Addicts to see what you are getting

And the have the feature that we have been asked about the most…and APP. Actually they have two, Android and iOS

To all the non-football players, we are sorry but we were unable to cater to everyone in the takeover and had to go with a majority rules model.

A little more background

Families grew, priorities changed and for our CEO so did his Marketing Agency.

The initial team was Nick Stein and Matthias Buchetics and together they worked their asses off to get the project. There were a number of other people that joined along the way but it was these two that took this from idea to the platform that helped launch MOVE for Movember, push Spikeball (TriVolle), Pitch to Fortune 500 companies for investment and most importantly, put people who never met before on sports fields together.

Matthias and I can be proud of this project and as our final act, we hand you over to the FootyAddict team for the next part of the journey.

FootyAddicts Android App

FootyAddicts iOS App

 

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CEV Continental Cup Baden

One Player Down and Beach volleyball

We are going to be at the CEV Continental Cup Beach Volleyball tournament in Baden from the 10-12th June.

There you will be able to meet us and also see some of the stars of beach volleyball.

What we are bringing

We are not just bringing our beautiful faces we are helping spread the word about one of our great friends TriVolle.

What is TriVolle

Any of you that joined us at the MOVE – Movember launch party last year, will know that this was the opening act of the night. It is a great game, a mix between beach volleyball, four square (not the check-in startup, a school yard game from the US).

As you can see from the video…stop, watch it now.

Now as you can see from the video, this is an amazing game and one that takes 10 mins to get it to it and 5 mins to get addicted. That was not a mistake.

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Why should we do that you are asking, well, we talked with the TriVolle team and negotiated a fantastic deal for you all.

Be the coolest kid this summer and get one of these Trivolle sets for an amazing price, only available through One Player Down.

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One Player Down Event to kick off MOVE for Movember

Late Movember event review

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This is a very late update as we and sorry for that, but there are many reasons behind that and most of them involve procrastination of some sort.

We had some great partners behind us to help push the event and unfortunately due to time constraints it was hard to get the blog out in time.

This is a better late than never moment.

The original idea was a little different but sometimes you have to roll with the punches and in the end we put on a packed event with some fantastic feedback.

The serious stuff

Though it is great fun to grow a mustache during the Month of November, the meaning sometimes gets lost and we want to take just a couple of sentences to remind you all.

Movember is about raising money and awareness about prostate and testicular cancer, this year Movember expanded to include MOVE.

MOVE is about helping people manage their physical and mental health by being active. It is proven that being physically active can reduce the chances of cancer.

Here is an article from the Mayo Clinic “Cancer prevention: 7 tips to reduce your risk

This is something that we understand and that is why we are so behind what Movember and MOVE are trying to do.

Now that we have that out of the way, here are some photos

One Player Down and Movember Event

The Thank you’s

Movember

– especially Nina and Christian who supported the event from the first moment. We hope we can make this an annual event to help kick off MOVE in Austria at the least.

Dish Tennis

– Helping us raise money and putting on a great show, don’t they always

TriVolle

– You were so generous to get behind us and donate sets all the way from Chicago, we are big fans and will continue to spread the word.

Kiosk

– You guys were fantastic hosts, donating too and going smoke free for the evening! The hot dogs are amazing but did throw us off our TriVolle game a little.

The One Player Down players, you have been behind us getting this platform going, helped us raise money and give us great feedback. You will get the platform you deserve, even if it kills us!

Photo credits: Movember Austria / Stefan Diesner unless stated, incl. the header image.

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Confessions of a Startup – The move forward

Anyone who has started their own venture knows there are many false dawns, things are done wrong, promises are made & broken, but everything/day is a learning process.

It would be safe to say that eventhough there is still a mountain 10 times the size of Everest to climb, professionally this has been the most intense learning experience that one could hope for. It is said time and again at startup events that

Failing, is failing to start…

That is as true a statement you will ever hear in your professional career.

Startups as most things in live can be looked at as a puzzle where you are charged with finding all the pieces that fit. Confidently we can say that we have found another massive piece of the OPD puzzle and it was Jakub Strama shaped. The breath of fresh air that he has brought to the team has been fantastic!

To be honest, though there were a lot of things going on behind the scene, One Player Down was in somewhat of a holding pattern as the adjustments to the “other” founder roles (fatherhood) that both Matthias and Nick were experiencing were beginning to take their toll. Now with Jakub, fresh perspectives and more hands on deck we are all able to consentrate on what we do best or can learn quickest.

This means there will be more updates, changes etc to the platform soon. Of course we are working though the fantastic amount of feedback we have gotten with a priority list but we are always up for more feedback. Just send the feedback/feature requests to support@oneplayerdown.com and we will work it into future releases.

Young entrepenure motivational tip: Read the book Rosie Revere, Engineer for inspiration to keep dreaming, this book is all about how to keep dreaming and trying as success is just around the corner.

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A month in sports – the March edition

The month in sports

Wow, another month has passed, it seems a little shorter as we were so late with our last post so let see what happened in March

Quick Sporting roundup

Spring means that Formula 1, MLS, Davis Cup and March Madness are back, and the winter sports are coming to an end. It is a changing of the sporting guards as even Basektball and Hockey season in the US are coming to an end ready for the playoffs.

With the weather threatening to warm up athletes dare go outside again.

A deeper look

Australian Grand Prix – Formula One

The first race of the season was taken by Lewis Hamilton, where he averaged over 200 Mph throughout the race.

Lewis Hamilton claimed the 34th victory of his career when he led Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg home at Albert Park, the two Silver Arrows a crushing 33 seconds ahead of the third-placed Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.

World champion Hamilton laid the foundations of his second Melbourne victory with a superb start from pole position as Rosberg struggled to keep the fast-starting Williams of Felipe Massa behind him.

A full report can be seen on the Grand Prix website

Malaysian Grand Prix

This time Sebastian Vettel was back up on the podium spraying the champagne

Sebastian Vettel needs just one more victory to equal Ayrton Senna’s tally of wins.

Vettel lies fourth on the all-time list of winners following his 40th grand prix victory yesterday, which also made him the first driver to win the Malaysian Grand Prix four times.

More can be read about this on the F1Fanatic blog

New(ish) to motorsports

Formula E race also took place in Miami this is the Electric version of Formula 1 and is a new entry to the motor sports world but the crowd seemed to dig it

MLS

The season is young and but the quality of Kaka is really standing out for Orlando and NYCFC still are awaiting the arrival of Frank Lampard even though, David Villa is keeping the fans happy.

March Madness

For those not in the know about this, March Madness is all about US College Basketball, the NCAA torunament, and is arguablly bigger than the NBA, at least during March.

It also holds a few stigmas as John Oliver points out

Obviously we could write up about a thousand more events but we will leave it at that for this month.

If you are lucky enough to live in Vienna then make sure that you look out on One Player Down for a surprise event in April, a small hint, you will need a partner and if you have played Eaton Fives or Volleyball it will help.

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Get in the Game – More than just a slogan

After the World Cup hangover has disappeared and the football transfer craziness has started, we are back to talk about One Player Down.

It has been an exciting few weeks for the team, some very interesting opportunities arose but are not allowed to be talked about, but keep your fingers crossed for us.

We want to talk about our slogan, “Get in the Game“. Though it comes across as a very traditional slogan, it means a lot more to us here at One Player Down. In fact it is more like a philosophy to us.

As some of you may or may not know the idea behind One Player Down is more than a few years old and to get to this point we have had to sacrifice a lot of time tand put in a lot of effort. That has meant less time with loved ones, less time for sports, and less time traveling.

After discussions, pros/cons we eventually said that an idea is fun to have but we need to Get in the Game i.e. put our money where our mouth is, and get this out there. We read blogs, books like The Art of the Start 2.0, The Lean Startup,a few books by Seth Godinand talked to a lot of people in the Startup game to help us on our way.

Life is a game and the sooner you start to compete the quicker you can reach your goals.

With One Player Down, we are asking you to Get in the Game and join us, or if you are already “in” talk to your friends, invite them, post it all over the internet, that the Sports Socializing Network revolution is here.

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Remember we are buliding this for you but you can help grow the Network too. Don’t let life pass you by, don’t be just another keyboard warrior “Get in the Game