About Us

Adam Sessler

Adam SesslerAdam is co-founder, CRO, and the inspiration behind Spiketrap. Adam has been an integral part of the video game industry for the past 18 years, most notably as the host of Extended Play and X-Play on the G4 channel, the latter for which he also served as Editor-in-Chief. One of the most recognizable faces in the videogame industry, Adam made a name for himself through his unvarnished opinions and ability to speak to a hardcore gaming audience while also translating the industry’s creativity for the uninitiated to understand. He has passionately defended the artistic merits of the medium as it shifted from a niche entertainment into the ubiquitous cultural force it is today. Spiketrap is the result of Adam's intense curiosity-about and belief-in the idea that truly knowing your audience is the best way to create good content.

Kieran Seán Fitzpatrick

Kieran FitzpatrickKieran is co-founder and CEO of Spiketrap. Prior to Spiketrap, Kieran was the Head of Program Management at Goodreads, an Amazon company, releasing the first Goodreads on Kindle Integration within seven months of its acquisition. Before joining Goodreads, Kieran was part of Kindle’s International Expansion Team, bringing both the Kindle Store and devices to Japan, China, Brazil, and Canada. Prior to his Amazon experience, Kieran was Director of Engineering at IDG Consumer and Small Business, where in addition to launching the Tech Hive brand, he helped create a unified platform of tools and services for 15+ disparate IDG publication websites. Before moving out to the “Best” Coast, Kieran lived in the DC area and worked as a Software Architect for Lockheed Martin. Kieran received his Bachelor’s in Computer Science and his Master’s Degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Andrea Vattani, Ph.D.

Andrea VattaniAndrea is co-founder and Chief Scientist for Spiketrap. Dr. Vattani's experience spans the domains of machine learning, big data analysis, social networks, and game theory. His work has been published and shared in numerous conferences and journals - including VLDB, ICML, AI-STATS, SPAA and EC - with hundreds of citations. Dr. Vattani has collaborated with the brightest minds from the likes of Google, Yahoo!, Amazon, and Facebook - contributing to commercial machine-learning software (e.g. Cloudera ML/Oryx, Apache Spark ML, H2O.ai, and Tresata’s Ganitha). His work in social networks and game theory has been applied to the DARPA’s “Red Balloon Network” and “Shredder” challenges. Andrea is also a graduate of StartX, Stanford’s startup accelerator for top entrepreneurs. Dr Vattani received his Philosophiae Doctor in Computer Science from University of California, San Diego.

Virgilio Pigliucci

Virgilio PigliucciVirgilio is co-founder and CTO of Spiketrap. Virgilio is a mover of mountains - from his work at Logitech working on embedded firmware for video, driver engineering for wireless control devices, and Logitech’s middleware partnership with Google TV, to his work at Goodreads scaling a ten-person startup to a successfully-operating 150+ person Amazon-acquisition with an over-15x-MAU-increase over the course of five years - Virgilio has managed the ins and outs of successful teams accomplishing both massive and complex engineering feats. Additionally Virgilio and Andrea have a rich history of working together: in 2006 the two teamed up to enter and subsequently win the European Java Programming Contest sponsored by Sun and Ricoh. Virgilio received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Computer Science from Sapienza University of Rome.

Kenji Kawakami

Kenji KawakamiKenji is Spiketrap’s Executive Sales and Account Manager. Kenji comes from the advertising side of tech, where he spent the last 12+ years specializing in ad operations, e-commerce, and social marketing. Kenji logged time at The Wall Street Journal, IDG (Macworld & PCWorld), and Viacom/MTV before getting bitten by the startup bug in 2009. Kenji is also something of a good-luck charm - the last two startups he joined were both acquired - Longboard Media by Bazaarvoice & 140 Proof by AcuityAds. Kenji is currently enjoying the nostalgia of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, and is old enough to have scrounged quarters to play the original Pac-Man in seedy arcades in suburban Maryland.​

Daniele Tessaro

Daniele TessaroDaniele is a Software Architect at Spiketrap. After receiving both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Computer Science from Sapienza University of Rome, Daniele worked as a lead programmer at Milestone, a prominent company in the Italian video games industry, based in Milan. During his tenure at Milestone he worked on several AAA titles for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. After that, Daniele joined Digital Video, world leader in cartoon animation applications as a software architect and developer. Most recently, Daniele worked at Amazon in San Francisco, building large, scalable web applications serving millions of users. For Daniele, Spiketrap feels like the perfect place for an exciting new challenge - combining his interest in software architecture and web development with his passion for video games.