New Voices Under 30: Ami Kumar

Ami Kumar

Director of Engineering, GameChanger

Rising from intern to director of engineering in seven years, Ami Kumar led the effort to build the new GameChanger Team Manager app, creating new consumer-facing features for its youth sports users, all while taking charge of the company’s diversity and inclusion initiative.

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Age: 28
Born: California
Education: Columbia University, B.S., computer science; Georgia Tech, pursuing a master’s degree in computer science, concentrating in machine learning

More About You

Most important lesson of the past 18 months: I stepped into a new role at work and began my master’s degree in the past 18 months. I am wearing several hats both in and out of work. To juggle all that, the biggest lesson I have learned is to pick one or two top priorities at a time and de-prioritize everything else. Focus and attention on a few priorities gives far better results than trying to do everything at once.

Go-to person when you need help: My mother. She has a very logical way of making decisions and I always feel better running things by her.

My inspiration: I am most inspired by my family. Each one of them has demonstrated that dedication and perseverance can lead to success in any industry, personal relationship, and hobby.

In the Industry

What drew me to a career in sports: I have always found an outlet in sports, dance, and physical activities in general. I know how important sports are in people’s lives. I was drawn specifically to GameChanger because its mission is so centered around building communities and bringing together families who have children in youth sports.

Most exciting aspect of sports business: There is so much room for cool new technology in the sports world like machine learning and computer vision. But more than that, there is a lot of technology being built to make sports more accessible and engage families and communities.

How my generation is changing sports: There is a drive in using technology to try to keep athletes safer. I admire the focus on safety, not just performance.

Sports industry needs to do a better job of … : Inclusivity at all levels of the company and pay equity.

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