Sportico, in partnership with Sports Innovation Lab, presents a bi-weekly series of conversations focused on thought leadership, innovation and action - where no topics are off the table and all questions are in bounds.
Co-hosted by Sportico Editor-In-Chief, Scott Soshnick and Sports Innovation Lab’s President and Co-Founder, Josh Walker, the Ask ____ Anything series unites the sports business community through conversations with the impact players and visionaries that lead the industry, while charting the course for the future of leagues, teams and related businesses.
Chief Executive Officer, Collectable
Ezra Levine is the CEO of Collectable, overseeing all company operations while playing a leading role in the development and execution of the brand’s strategic initiatives. Levine was formerly a Portfolio Manager at Hilltop Park, a NYC-based hedge fund that focused on sports, media and entertainment industries. Additionally, Levine served as the CFO & CSO of The Spring League, a development league and scouting event that has sent over 200 players to the NFL and CFL. Levine was born and raised in New York City, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, as well as an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Currently residing in Manhattan, Levine is married with a 1-year old son and lives just a few blocks from his childhood home. When he isn’t leading Collectable, Ezra enjoys playing golf or tennis and cheering on his beloved New York sports teams
Co-Founder and President of Sports Innovation Lab
Josh Walker is Co-Founder and President of Sports Innovation Lab where he oversees the company's innovative and proprietary market intelligence platform. Through market analysis and unbiased research, he empowers brands to develop and implement game-changing, breakthrough experiences in a new age of sports and entertainment fandom. His work at Sports Innovation Lab represents the convergence of his career as a researcher, advisor, entrepreneur, and sports journalist.
A former Vice President of Research at Forrester, Josh was responsible for launching the company’s Forrester Wave evaluation framework, designed to accelerate innovation by connecting technology buyers with the best vendors.
After Forrester, Josh spent time as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at General Catalyst advising fast-growing companies including Brightcove, Kayak, and Demandware. He soon became a serial entrepreneur himself, using his passion for technology and data to launch and grow several venture-backed companies such as CityVoter, Comlinkdata, and Stattleship.
Josh is a graduate of Middlebury College and resides in Cambridge, Mass., with his wife and two sons.
Sports Business Reporter, Sportico
Jacob Feldman is a sports business reporter with a focus on technology, media and fan experience. He was previously a staff writer at Sports Illustrated, where he wrote multiple cover stories while reporting on the NFL and the media industry. His work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and Popular Science. Jacob is a graduate of Harvard University and a co-founder of The Sunday Long Read. He currently lives in Boston.