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We look to leverage technology to give fans a more well-rounded perspective of the sports world around them. The future of sports analytics is now - and we're excited to build it with you.
We look to leverage technology to give fans a more well-rounded perspective of the sports world around them. The future of sports analytics is now - and we're excited to build it with you.
1,296 backers pledged $53,497 to help bring this project to life.

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Edge Up Sports: Fantasy Football Can Be Fun Again!

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We met and exceeded our initial $35,000 goal in a few short days! With this great pace, participation, and encouragement from our founding user team we are setting a stretch goal! To deliver on our vision of making fantasy football fun again we will bring #videosmacktalking capabilities to our founding user team if we can reach $65,000 before the close of our Kickstarter project.

Today if you want to talk some smack on your friends and family you are forced to go to a tiny mobile keyboard to peck away a message for the discussion board. We can do better! Record, manage, and share your best one liners privately or publicly directly from the Edge Up Sports platform. Help us reach our $65,000 stretch goal and level up your smack talking with video this season!

It's 2015 and your life is automated and assisted by technology every day! Why isn't this happening for fantasy football? We are building the best fantasy football tools and inviting you to join our founding team of users.

Want to know how well a player does on grass vs. turf? Curious if their head is in the right place before a big rivalry? Those are just a couple of the questions we want to answer, and we’ll keep going deeper throughout the season into future seasons.

Edge Up is a mobile-first platform (available on both Android and iOS), with responsive web experiences designed for tablet and desktop.

You will be able to choose from two platform options.

Edge Up Standard Tier

Stats, Matchups, Weather. There is a bunch of stuff to stay on top of every week during the fantasy football season. We make it easy by bringing you the information you need to stay on top of your roster and watch list. This tier includes statistics and social information organized in 3 dimensions (mental, physical, situational) for players on your roster and others that may be of interest. Get a quick intuitive view and spend a quarter of the time while being more informed.

Edge Up Cognitive Tier

The cognitive tier includes the functionality of the standard tier. Further, we have used IBM Watson technology to process a wide sampling of analysis available around the NFL to bring you a view of what's happening. Previously you would have to ask a friend that had just spent a couple of hours reading articles from a wide variety of football analysts. Now the sentiment of the analysis toward players on your roster can be seen in the palm of your hand. You will also be able to see how this has trended over a period of weeks. Not knowing the analyst who wrote a particular article won't be a problem as our profiles let you know if they tend to be optimistic in their analysis. This tier will also include participation in question and answer interaction about football which will only get better throughout this and subsequent seasons.

We have worked for months and built multiple prototypes to put in front of a variety of fantasy football managers to improve usability and experience.

Concept to multiple prototypes to launch.
Concept to multiple prototypes to launch.

It is now time to ask for YOUR help as an engaged founding user so that together we can continue to enhance the ultimate tools for fantasy football managers everywhere for the 2015 season and beyond!

Insights in the palm of your hand.
Insights in the palm of your hand.

The core insights our mobile-first platform features are mental, physical and situational, which pulls from social media interactions, weather reports, injury history, analyst write-ups, news stories and more.

Get a sense of how analysts feel, not just a list of articles to read.
Get a sense of how analysts feel, not just a list of articles to read.

We have created tools using technologies from IBM Watson to allow you to analyze a wide variety of league news and dig into the personality of the analysts. This functionality will be included in the cognitive tier.

We are asking for your support so we can launch our platform with you! By joining our founding user team, we can build the ultimate fantasy football platform together that will allow you to focus on what you want. Technology is always better when it's built for and with input from people who will ultimately use it. We started this journey, but need your insight to continue to evolve the ultimate fantasy football analytics platform. For your support and early participation, we’ll lock you in for a deep discount (50% or higher if you get one of the early-bird rewards) over the full price of the platform. You will continue to enjoy these discounts in future seasons as a member of the founding user team. Let's make fantasy football fun again, Kickstarters.

Kickstarter gives a wide and tech-forward audience the chance to be a part of this project. We're inviting you to go behind the scenes and be a part of the process. All backers will receive regular updates on the process and can follow along each step of the way.

What happens when a great team in an awesome creative community gets together to take on an interesting problem? It's simple, awesome results.

Making Fantasy Football Fun Again!
Making Fantasy Football Fun Again!

Spending way too much time keeping up with college friends in a fantasy football league for more than 12 years. Enough is enough!

Football is huge in America! Playing and being more competitive against millions of Americans who are NFL fans and play fantasy football creates a new way to connect with a large cross section of America. This includes your college buddies and co-workers.

America is obsessed with football.
America is obsessed with football.

A couple members of our team had the exact problem of spending time aggregating information instead of making decisions and having fun bantering with friends (this might sound familiar to you). With the rest of life becoming more automated, it was time to do the same with the fantasy football routine. 

What started as a conversation over beers with a friend about how useful it would be to deploy modern technology to gain deeper insight into fantasy football rosters has turned into a journey to make fantasy football fun again.

It's been an interesting journey thus far!
It's been an interesting journey thus far!
Appearances and Coverage
Appearances and Coverage

Ars TechnicaWiredFast CompanyMotherboardNBCEsquirePC WorldCIOQuartzCNN MoneyTech.coWorld of Watson - The New Disruptors PanelStartland News, and Others!

It's been amazing discussing the potential of our approach and watching the excitement that an interesting idea can generate!

The team brings to bear a wide mix of skills that allow us to bite into quite a few areas, extensive experience in UX, front-end, data science, physiology, engineering. From designers to engineers to a former football player, our team has it all.

A great team can build great things together.
A great team can build great things together.

It hasn't been strictly all work on our end. We've had a great time building an awesome product! We've also made some fun content to share with the world. There will be more to come.

Risks and challenges

We worked hard to build the absolute best interface and user experience found among all of the various fantasy football tools. In order to deliver the absolute best, we’re reaching out now to connect with fantasy football players who value their time and believe the fantasy football experience can be much better (that’s you). To accomplish our goals we are using some of the best tools out there and partnering with some amazing organizations to connect with interesting data sets and process them. It is possible that some of these relationships may face difficulties as we continue to push at the boundaries of what's possible. Further, as we continue to include a wider number of data sets, it may become difficult to gain access as quickly as we have managed thus far. We have built strong relationships along the way, but this will remain a challenge as we grow our information footprint.

Significant effort has been focused to verify that our product is stable and performs well for our users. Although we have made every effort to ensure that we have built a solid product, as we bring on the first engaged group of users for the 2015 season complications may occur.

Generally, we are continuing to add data sources and processing more and more information. Our architecture is consistently computing larger amounts of information to make your fantasy football week easier. We’ll have to be diligent to make sure we’re scaling the footprint of our product in lock step with all of the awesome functionality we plan to add.

Because of the tight turnaround between the campaign and the regular season, we’ll have to be diligent with getting access to our supporters. We’ll need your help in order to make this a smooth process.

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    Edge Up Booster - Vote of support! Get in the front of the line for next season (2016) and help us get noticed! This will also get you regular updates and stay more connected.

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    Standard Tier - Early Bird! Get a season pass to our platform and join the founding team. Help us build the absolute best user interface and user experience in fantasy football research.

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    Edge Up Cognitive VIP - Join the coaching staff! Get a season pass for the Edge Up cognitive tier. Beyond this you get to participate in regular teleconferences with the Edge Up team to provide direct feedback and be inside the huddle.

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    League pass. Why not bring Edge Up to the whole party? Get an Edge Up cognitive tier season pass for every member of your fantasy football league (up to 14 teams). More information for everyone will create a more interesting fantasy football year.

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    Behind the Curtain Experience with Edge Up Sports in Kansas City - Join us for a special meal on Saturday evening and learn first hand about our story, our platform, and where we are headed. Join the team for an epic battle between the Chiefs and Chargers (Week 14) at the storied Arrowhead Stadium. We will tailgate and then check out the game from an awesome vantage point. Finally, we'll leave you with some parting keepsakes to remember the experience. Come to KC for a great experience with the team. This tier will also include a cognitive tier season pass. (Travel and Accommodations not included)

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    Fantasy Season Finale Vegas Experience - League Pass - Start the morning off right with a breakfast and learn first hand about our story, our platform, and where we are headed. Then go take in all of the Week 13 Sunday action at a state-of-the-art space that will deliver the ultimate game watching experience with your entire fantasy football league (up to 12 people). We'll leave every member of your fantasy league with a keepsake to remember your Vegas fantasy football blowout! This tier will also include a league season pass. (Travel and Accommodations not included)

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