Official Bio

Deyan Vitanov


Deyan Vitanov is the CEO and Co-Founder of Chobolabs, a mobile eSports startup. The company aspires to unlock the hidden potential of smartphones by turning them into tiny consoles in the pockets of gamers worldwide. To realize that dream, Chobolabs has raised just under $10M from top Silicon Valley venture investors including Formation 8 and Innovation Endeavors, and set up offices in San Francisco, CA, and Sofia, Bulgaria. Their flagship franchise, Mayhem, has 1M+ downloads, 4.5 star rating, and has been featured by Google, Apple, SXSW, TwitchCon, and Comic-Con.

Previously, Deyan co-founded and sold 2 companies – Philanthropedia (acquired in 2011) and CPP-Home (acquired in 2003). He is an active startup advisor, having worked with 100+ entrepreneurs, who have raised $300M+ in funding and employ thousands of people. Deyan regularly speaks about entrepreneurship, technology, and leadership at conferences, communities, and schools, including Stanford and Berkeley. He is also the author of the Startup Lore, a free online guidebook for building new ventures.

Deyan has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he co-chaired the Entrepreneurship Conference and taught the Leadership Labs class. He also holds a BA in Integrated Social Sciences from Jacobs University Bremen, where he served as President of the Student Government.

Deyan has been coding since he was 9 years old and has experience with multiple programming languages. He has won a number of national programming competitions and has a keen interest in complex algorithms and data structures. In his spare time, Deyan enjoys reading, meditating, working out, watching eSports, and petting any dog in sight.

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